Please Read This Very Important Safety Message!

  1. [font=arial,geneva]please read this, a new twist on kidnapping. this woman was a very alert and a very smart survivor.

    about a month ago there was a woman standing by the mall entrance passing out flyers to all the women going in. the woman had written the flyer herself to tell about an experience she had, so that she might warn other women. the previous day, this woman had finished shopping, went out to her car and discovered that she had a flat. she got the jack out of the trunk and began to change the flat. a nice man dressed in business suit and carrying a briefcase walked up to her and said, "i noticed you're changing a flat tire. would you like me to take care of it for you?" the woman was grateful for his offer and accepted his help. they chatted amiably while the man changed the flat, and then put the flat tire and the jack in the trunk, shut it and dusted his hands off.

    the woman thanked him profusely, and as she was about to get in her car, the man told her that he left his car around on the other side of the mall, and asked if she would mind giving him a lift to his car. she was a little surprised and she asked him why his car was on other side. he explained that he had seen an old friend in the mall that he hadn't seen for some time and they had a bite to eat and visited for a while he got turned around in the mall and left through the wrong exit, and now he was running late and his car was clear around on the other side of the mall. the woman hated to tell him "no" because he had just rescued her from having to change her flat tire all by herself, but she felt uneasy. then she remembered seeing the man put his
    briefcase in her trunk before shutting it and before he asked her for a ride to his car. she told him that she'd be happy to drive him around to his car, but she just remembered one thing she needed to buy. she said she would only be a few minutes; he could sit down in her car and wait for her; she would be as quick as she could be. she hurried into the mall, and told a security guard what had happened; the guard came out to her car with her, but the man had left.

    they opened the trunk, took out his locked briefcase and took it down to the police station. the police opened it (ostensibly to look for id so they could return it to the man). what they found was rope, duct tape, and knives. when the police checked her "flat" tire, there was nothing wrong with it; the air had simply been let out. it was obvious what the man's intention was, and obvious that he had carefully thought it out in advance. the woman was blessed to have escaped harm.

    how much worse it would have been if she had children with her and had them wait in the car while the man fixed the tire, or if she had a baby strapped into a car seat? or if she'd gone against her judgment and given him a lift?

    for their safety, please forward this to all the women you know. it may save a life. a candle is not dimmed by lighting another candle. i was going to send this to the ladies only; but guys, if you love your mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, etc., you may want to pass it on to them, as well. send this to any woman you know that may need to be reminded that the world we live in has a lot of crazies in it....better safe than sorry.

    please be safe and not sorry! this is a dangerous world we live in, and we can't be too careful, but being too careless could cost us ours, or even our friends and loved ones lives.

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  3. by   Siouxz2
    a great cautionary tale, but a rewrite of an urban legend. from snopes.com:

    [font=times new roman,arial,verdana][font=arial,verdana][color=#00aa00][collected on the internet, 1998]

    [font=times new roman,arial,verdana]a woman was shopping at the tuttle mall in columbus. she came out to her car and saw she had a flat. she got her jack, spare out of the trunk. a man in a business suit came up and started to help her. when the tire had been replaced, he asked for a ride to his car on the opposite side of the mall. feeling uncomfortable about doing this, she stalled for awhile, but he kept pressing her. she finally asked why he was on this side of the mall if his car was on the other.

    [font=times new roman,arial,verdana]he claimed he had been talking to friends. still uncomfortable, she told him that she had just remembered something she had forgotten to pick up at the mall and she left him and went back inside the mall. she reported the incident to the mall security and they went out to her car. the man was nowhere in sight. opening her trunk, she discovered a brief case the man had set inside her trunk while helping her with the tire. inside was rope and a butcher knife! when she took the tire to be fixed, the mechanic informed her that there was nothing wrong with her tire, that it was flat because the air had been let out of it!
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I have received some variation of the same story in my email box as forwards for 2 or 3 years. I do believe it's a good cautionary, however. The sad fact is, we can't trust anyone we don't know, can we.
  5. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    I have received some variation of the same story in my email box as forwards for 2 or 3 years. I do believe it's a good cautionary, however. The sad fact is, we can't trust anyone we don't know, can we.
    That's for sure, Deb. You're not even safe living in a trailer park anymore, and you can't trust any new neighbors.
    Last edit by FranEMTnurse on Mar 19, '05

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