I got this from a co-worker whose brother works for the local police department...
I'm not sure if its a joke meant to scare people, if it's real, or if it's old news. Personally, I'm not willing to take the chance...
[MSG Attached Below]
My name is Captain Abraham Sands of the Buffalo, New York Police Department.
I have been asked by state and local authorities to write this email 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
Rochester 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
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.
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As you can see, this is a sick f****** thing to do and definitely not worth risking for the 2 seconds it takes to check out a stupid gas pump.
Again, if this is old news or a joke, I apologize, but not worth ignoring if the possibility was there.
[i]Edited to make title bold...[/i]