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Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 04/26/2011

Celebrity community service: A comparative study

As reported yesterday, Lindsay Lohan will perform part of her
Lindsay Lohan. (Chris Pizzello - AP)
community service for a recent probation violation by doing what must be one of the top five worst jobs imaginable: being a janitor at a morgue. (Um, no offense to morgue custodians intended.)

Some might say that requirement is too harsh, while others might think morbid manual labor is exactly what the perpetually in-trouble actress needs to get back on track. But how does the assignment compare with other forms of community service that the courts have ordered celebrities to pursue? Let’s find out.

Lindsay Lohan, 2011

Offense: Violating the terms of her probation in a DUI case by allegedly stealing a necklace from a Santa Monica jewelry store.

Community service portion of sentence: Must complete 480 hours of community service, 360 hours of which will work involve working at an L.A. homeless women’s shelter and 120 hours of custodial work at the L.A. Department of Coroner’s facility.

Mel Gibson, 2011

Offense: Pleaded no contest to a battery charge in connection with an altercation with ex Oksana Grigorieva.

Community service portion of sentence: Ordered to perform 16 hours of service, which he planned to complete by working at Mending Kids International, a nonprofit where his ex-wife, Robyn Gibson, plays a leadership role.

Worse than a morgue? Not even close.

Paris Hilton, 2010

Offense: Pleaded guilty to drug possession and obstructing a police officer in connection with her arrest at a Las Vegas casino.

Community service portion of sentence: She was required to perform 200 hours of community service, which has involved some manual labor. Last November, she scrubbed graffiti from Hollywood buildings and repainted them ... all while wearing heels.

Worse than a morgue?: No. Especially when you get to wear such cute shoes!

Chris Brown, 2009

Offense: Pleaded guilty to felony assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna

Community service: Was ordered to perform 180 days of community labor, which included removing graffiti, washing cars and cleaning up the grounds at a Virginia horse stable. (See video below)

Worse thana morgue?: No, but considering the crime, some thought this sentence was too lenient.

Lindsay Lohan, 2007

Offense: Pleaded guilty to two counts of being under the influence of cocaine and no contest to driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or higher, as well as reckless driving.

Community service portion of sentence: Must complete 10 days of service, which she spent, at least in part, working at an American Red Cross blood services facility in L.A.

Worse than a morgue? A little bloody, maybe, but definitely not worse than a morgue.

By  |  12:08 PM ET, 04/26/2011

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