As many locals know, Vo Dilun is arguably the Reality TV center of the universe. Starting with the granddaddy of them all, Richard “Whaddaya mean I have to pay taxes on that million bucks?” Hatch, the Biggest Little has provided the American public with a plethora of the new species known as the Reality TV Star.

Even one of the Jersey Shore crew on MTV, DJ Pauly D, hails from Johnston, which is not such a stretch. After all, if you’re creating a TV show where one expects the main characters to start romping about on all-fours at the drop of an IQ point, your casting director would do well to head towards Johnston (or West Warwick).

Since it’s been a very long time (more than a week, in fact) since the media has reported on a reality TV star getting busted, one of the local contingent felt that she had to “step up.” That was Susan Heiss of Warwick, a contestant on that most tasteful of reality programs — ABC’s Wife Swap — in 2005.

Last Friday she allegedly dropped by the Stop & Shop on Quaker Lane to pick up $629 worth of groceries, which she promptly wheeled through the self-checkout register. Unfortunately, she neglected to pay for all but three items, leading to her arrest when she couldn’t produce a receipt for the store personnel who had confronted her.  

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