In 1998, Barney had graduated college and was working with his girlfriend, Shannon, in a coffee shop. Barney had grown up to be a hippie. He had planned to join the Peace Corps and go to Nicaragua with Shannon. They reveal they planned to lose their virginity to one another only after they got married. After Shannon did not show up for their departure to Nicaragua, Barney returns to the coffee store. When she sees he's back, she tells him that her father, who was still financially supporting her, wouldn't allow her to leave and told him to go on without her. As Barney was leaving, he decided to go back to the coffee shop to try convince her one more time. When he returns, he discovered she was cheating on him with a businessman named Greg, who Barney had previously served as a customer, and who humiliated him for being a hippie. Greg tells Barney the key to picking up women is to have money and suits. Heartbroken, Barney films himself singing a song to convince Shannon to take him back, but she and Greg continue to humiliate him. Barney runs from the coffee shop distraught. As he walks alone crying, he is given a brochure about a suit sale. He adapts his dress style and dating personality to match that of Greg's, the man who took Shannon away from him. At an unknown time between 1998 and 2001, Barney quits his job at the coffee shop and becomes an employee of AltruCell Corporation, a highly corrupt corporation, while secretly working as an insider for the FBI. His work as a plant leads to Greg being arrested.
Cartman is notable for having a very large criminal record. Although he has committed many atrocities and crimes, he has only been arrested seven times. He has been arrested for his mistakenly assumed hate crime, kidnapping Butters, framing Liane for operating a meth lab, being with Stan Marsh on "Whale Whores" (The prison Cartman went to for this assumed crime was Japanese), and incarcerating hippies. In "Time To Get Cereal" he, along with Kyle, Stan and Kenny, was arrested by Harrison Yates for assumed school shootings, which have been proven to be ManBearPig's attacks. He was also arrested for the murders and terrorism of multiple people with Cthulhu, while under the disguise of the Coon, by Kyle, Kenny, Stan, Clyde, Tolkien and Timmy, although they did not have the authority. Even then he was released almost immediately after his arrest. The real reason why Cartman does not stay in prison for a very long time is likely because his Mom bails him out, dismissing the severity of the crime. Another reason why because the town is too incompetent to do anything about it. Cartman's criminal record includes but is not limited to:
In the episode "Best Friends Forever", Kenny states in his will that he felt sorry for Cartman because of his inability to feel compassion and empathy, and the fact that he will almost certainly end up bitter, miserable, and alone for the rest of his life. Also, in the episode "Cherokee Hair Tampons", the two are shown playing with spaceships without Stan or Kyle (although Kyle was dying at the time). And in the episode, "A Ladder to Heaven", when Cartman drinks Kenny's ashes mistaking them for chocolate milk, leaving Kenny's soul trapped in his body, until the episode "The Biggest Douche in the Universe". Kenny also chooses to appear to Cartman as opposed to Stan or Kyle in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, although this might be because it was Cartman's fault he died, However he was actually trying to warn and have him tell everyone about Saddam's and Satan's plan for world domination. In "Cartmanland", Cartman is shown to be aware of Kenny's deaths telling the IRS that Kenny "dies all the time". Kenny was the only one out of the four main boys (excluding Butters) to enter his theme park, as well as the only one offered a spot in Cartman's southern army. At the end of the episode "Pinkeye", Cartman was the only one sobbing over Kenny's death. In fact, Cartman even showed a little concern for Kenny when he found out his new girlfriend was a whore in "The Ring". In the episode "Chinpokomon", after Kenny has a seizure and is rendered unresponsive after playing the Chinpokomon video game, Cartman was the only one of the three who seemed to notice that rats were swarming over Kenny and attempting to eat him, and the only one to detach them, telling them, "Bad rats, he isn't dead yet!", and unlike Stan and Kyle (who immediately laughed), he was initially disgusted when it was discovered the rats had actually eaten him from the inside out, before proceeding to laugh. Also in the episode "Butt Out", he noticed that Kenny was eating his own hand out of boredom. Whilst he did nothing, he still mentioned it to the boys as if to say 'should we help him?' Kenny also aided Cartman in his escape when Cartman was charged with hate crimes. 2b1af7f3a8