Be a Snoop on Snopes
I can tell it’s an election year, what with all the emails originating from who knows where, but always, “a reliable source,” who try to generate rumors and blatantly tell lies about candidates – the ones the sender opposes, of course.
Then there are the ones to try to scare the begeebers out of women. The ones warning you about a fake baby in a car seat on the side of the road, or how a murderous thug is hiding under your car, or who deliberately bumps your car with his (yes, it’s always some bad guy), so you’ll get out of your car to look and then, and then…they either jump in your car or abduct you. The ending is always nightmarish.
The clincher is almost always “my friend, a policeman, or my brother-in-law told me,” to try to convince you to be afraid, be very afraid.
If you are receiving these kinds of emails, designed to make every woman who drives alone terrified, please go to Snopes.com to check it out for validity. The site lists more urban myths than you ever knew existed.
Every woman or man should be aware of their surroundings, leaving or entering their car, a store, a building for any reason, but trying to turn us all into a nation of paranoids is silly. Some twisted minds must get a kick out of scaring gullible women. You don’t have to be one of them.
Please, before you pass on outrageous political accusations or scary warnings, think for yourself, and check for the urban myths. One click on Snopes.com can tell you if it’s the truth.