Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Reports Of A Christmas Grinch Carjacker With A Bag Of Rear Window Sticker Is A Hoax ~by Legal Pub


A concerned senior citizen submitted this warning to Legal Pub. I doubt that it has happened often, but it is still worth considering. According to the officer, a woman reported that she parked in a public area. When she started to drive away she noticed a sticker on the rear window of the car. When she took it off after she got home, it appeared to be a receipt for gas. She decided to call the local police and it was suggested that if you see a paper or sticker on your rear windshield to not get out of the car to remove it. It could be someone waiting for you to get out of your car so that they can hijack it.


Is it a legitimate threat? Probably not. It sounds like another internet rumor. Well, just to be on the safe side, if you look into the rear view mirror to back out of your parking space and notice a piece of paper stuck to the rear window, don't get out to remove it. This way, a carjacker won't have the opportunity to take your car and your belongings inside the car.


Has it happened? While it is conceivable in the course of the world that this has happened, Snopes.com claims it is a false rumor which started in 2004 erroneously attributing the warning to detective Bledsoe (Montgomery County, Texas). Over the years other officers have erroneously passed along the email. http://www.snopes.com/crime/warnings/carjack.asp


A preliminary scan of the internet fails to reveal a single case documenting such a method of car jacking. So, Virginia, let me be the one to break the news: there is no Christmas Grinch Carjacker with a bag full of rear window stickers.

7 comments:

jake said...

Excellent job! I wondered about this one myself.

Jake

Ms Calabaza said...

Oh bummmer! I so love internet rumors . . .

Anonymous said...

you are always right on top of things.

Anonymous said...

Wow, this happened to me last night. Lost my Prius to a carjacker after I pulled over on the Interstate to remove a wet page of newspaper from under the wipers.

Wish I would have read this earlier.

Those hybrids are really popular in Wyoming.

Bob from Cheyenne

Anonymous said...

Sounded like a good idea to me! We were going to test to see if it is possible to do? Wal-Mart parking lot?

Anonymous said...

Now that not too bright sayin that here with all the cops & judges that read here. Now, I think the legal pub team don't need no extra business so don't be steelin no cars. But if u do, don't try it this way cause it would never work. Folks just back right over you...

Rommie

Anonymous said...

this was a great post. wish more followed this format.