Sunday, January 08, 2006

Snopes

I wish everyone would check www.snopes.com before forwarding email. Really. I mean, is it that hard?

Received this today, as well as everyone else in her address book:
NEW WAY TO CAR JACK (NOT A JOKE)

Please keep this circulating...

You walk across the parking lot, unlock your car, and get inside. Then you start the engine and shift into REVERSE, and you look into the rearview mirror to back out of your parking space and you notice a piece of paper stuck to the middle of the rear window. So, you shift into PARK, unlock your doors and jump out of your car to remove that paper (or whatever it is) that is obstructing your view. When you reach the back of your car, that is when the car-jackers appear out of nowhere, jump into your car and take off! Your engine was running and they practically mow you down as they speed off in your car. And guess what ladies? I bet your purse is still in the car...

BE AWARE OF THIS NEW SCHEME THAT IS NOW BEING USED.

Just drive away and remove the paper that is stuck to your window later, and be thankful that you read this email.. I hope you will forward this to friends and family... especially to women! A purse contains all of your identification, and you certainly do NOT want someone getting your home address. They already HAVE your keys!

Lieutenant Tony Bartolome Bureau of Investigations Florida Highway Patrol P.O. Box 593527 Orlando, FL 32859!


A quick check on snopes, and it is shown to be False:
http://www.snopes.com/crime/warnings/carjack.asp

On another note, I received this from my dad:
It was a small town and the patrolman was making his evening rounds.
As he was checking a used car lot, he came upon two little old ladies sitting in a used car.
He stopped and asked them why they were sitting there in the car.
Were they trying to steal it?
"Heavens no, we bought it."
"Then why don't you drive it away."
"We can't drive."
"Then why did you buy it?"
"We were told that if we bought a used car here we'd get screwed.....so we're just waiting."
Thanks for the laugh Dad!

3 comments:

schloobie said...

I freaking hate that. But here is what's worse... when people *think* they may have an urban legend and send the email to you, to ask YOU to look it up and see if it is true. I often want to wirte back: s-n-o-p-e-s.

Melinda said...

I love snopes and use it whenever I get a forwarded email. Some people are so gullible. ;o)

Christina000 said...

i have sent so many of these back with the snopes link. Why do people still fall for this. and more importantly, why do people who never take the time to send a personal email, send me these things? Are they that concerned that I'll fall for some wild urban legend, but don't care to even say hello?

Miss you G. Give us an update on your moving status and open houses. oh, and I watched Legally Blonde last night and thought of you often.