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.