Quick note: every year, I get a bunch of fowarded emails warning me that Halloween is the dreaded “gang initiation night!” I’ve seen a bunch of variations on what exactly will happen, including:
- Gang members will be driving a silver SUV and have to kill 31 women
- Gang members have to injure 30-50 women to join
- Walmart is putting up signs warning customers to be careful in the parking lot, as The Bloods have ordered members to kill 34 women before the end of Halloween
- Gang members have to slash 30 women across the face to join the gang
Thing is, the whole story is bullshit, and has been EVERY YEAR it’s ever been passed around. Nothing has ever happened, and in fact, a New Jersey man was arrested in 2008 for spreading the rumors – so don’t do the same!
Snopes, as always, has the full story. I’m sure this urban legend will come back in full force this weekend, so PLEASE forward the Snopes link to counteract it. Stay safe, of course, but don’t believe all the spooky stories you hear.
A co-worker passed along another traditional Halloween bullshit email:
Several things to be aware of, gangs and thieves, are now plotting different ways to get a person to “STOP” their vehicle.
“There is a gang initiation reported by the Police Department that gangs are placing a car seat by the road, with a Fake Baby in it, waiting for a woman, of course, to stop and check on the baby. Note that the location of this car seat will usually be beside a wooded or grassy (field) area, and the person – woman – will be dragged into the woods, beaten and raped, usually left for Dead.
Will these deviants stop at nothing??
“IF YOU ARE DRIVING AT NIGHT AND EGGS ARE THROWN AT YOUR WINDSHIELD”.
DO NOT TURN ON YOUR WIPERS AND DO NOT SPRAY ANY WATER ON IT BECAUSE EGGS MIXED WITH WATER BECOMES MILKY AND YOU’LL NOT BE ABLE TO SEE. YOU ARE THEN FORCED TO STOP BESIDE THE ROAD AND BECOME A VICTIM OF THIEVES. THIS IS A NEW TECHNIQUE USED BY GANGS. PLEASE INFORM YOUR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES. THESE ARE DESPERATE TIMES AND THESE UNSAVORY INDIVIDUALS WILL TAKE DESPERATE MEASURES TO GET WHAT THEY WANT.
Not sure why they’d go to such elaborate methods of robbing a person, especially in such “desperate times.” Eggs cost money!
Please talk to ALL your loved ones about this, because it would be a tragedy for anyone to fall victim to this kind of crime. Please BE SAFE AND NEVER STOP YOUR VEHICLE
Of course, this is all bunk – get the full story on Snopes here.