Urban Legend?

  1. I received this e-mail as I'm sure many of you have. Anyone in the Jacksonville area hear of this. This would be big news if it was true.

    "Warning: Look at the gas pump handle BEFORE you pump your gas. Please
    >> > read
    >> > and forward to anyone you know who drives a car.
    >> >
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > My name is Captain Abraham Sands of the Jacksonville, Florida Police
    >> > Department. I have been asked by state and local authorities to write
    >> > this
    >> > e-mail in order to get the word out to car drivers of a very dangerous
    >> > prank that is occurring in numerous states.
    >> >
    >> > Some person or persons have been affixing hypodermic needles to the
    >> > underside of gas pump handles! These needles appear to be infected with
    >> > HIV positive blood. In the Jacksonville area alone there have been 17
    >> > cases of people being stuck by these needles over the past five
    >> > months. We
    >> > have verified reports of at least 12 others in various states around
    >> > the country. It is believed that these may be copycat incidents due to
    >> > someone reading about the crimes or seeing them reported on the
    >> > television. At this point no one has been arrested and catching the
    >> > perpetrator(s) has become our top priority. Shockingly, of the 17
    >> > people
    >> > who where stuck, eight have tested HIV positive and because of the
    >> > nature
    >> > of the disease, the others could test positive in a couple years.
    >> > Evidently the consumers go to fill their car with gas, and when
    >> > picking up
    >> > the pump handle get stuck with the infected needle. IT IS IMPERATIVE TO
    >> > CAREFULLY CHECK THE HANDLE of the gas pump each time you use one. LOOK
    >> > AT
    >> > EVERY SURFACE YOUR HAND MAY TOUCH, INCLUDING UNDER THE HANDLE! If you
    >> > do
    >> > find a needle affixed to one, immediately contact your local police
    >> > department so they can collect the evidence.
    >> >
    >> > PLEASE HELP US BY MAINTAINING A VIGILANCE AND BY FORWARDING THIS EMAIL
    >> > TO
    >> > ANYONE YOU KNOW WHO DRIVES. THE MORE PEOPLE WHO KNOW OF THIS, THE
    >> > BETTER
    >> > PROTECTED WE CAN ALL BE."
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   jemb
    A hoax. This was reported as such on

    www.snopes.com/horrors/mayhem/gaspump.htm



    edited in an attempt to get link to work!
    Last edit by jemb on Jul 29, '03
  4. by   bedpan
    Has the looks of the typical urban legend to me - As you say, if it were truely the case I believe it would have made the news and not just circulate as an e-mail

    But I have been known to be wrong more than a few times in my life too lol
  5. by   jnette
    Heh heh.. YOUR turn !!!

    I posted this several months ago to inform others.. and was seriously "rolleyed" !!! Was informed IMMEDIATELEY that this was urban legend...

    ah well, at least we care, right?
  6. by   MomNRN
    First time I heard of it - I guess I don't get out much!
  7. by   Rustyhammer
    It would be more fun just to put crazy-glue on the pump.
    -R
  8. by   rebel_red
    crazy glue dries too fast in the open air.........need something with greater longevity......hmmmmmmm

    chem outta be good for something more pragmatic..

    Tres
  9. by   Rustyhammer
    A&D ointment?
  10. by   Wolfpax
    Nitropaste for sure

    by the by snopes.com is a great site (cracked me up, especially about the FBI agent takeover of a psych hospital)
  11. by   Tweety
    Thanks I knew it wasn't true.
  12. by   CashewLPN
    hmm...how bout a slow drying resin?
    eeevil.

    --Barbara
  13. by   NICU_Nurse
    I remember hearing another version of this some years back about people putting needles in movie theatre seats. I admit, though I knew the original story was a hoax, I worried for a smidge of a second that some psycho hillbilly out there would think, "Hmmm...now THAT'S an idea!".

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