Old Wives' Tales
Radio & TV
Toxin du jour
Claim: Woman fabricates story about being detained by a man pretending to be a police officer.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2001]
Origins: This missive began winging its way across the Internet in August 2001. Though there have been real (but infrequent) cases of women being pulled over by men they were led to believe were police officers but weren't, this wasn't any of them.
The sorry truth came out when police investigated the
When pressed by the authorities, the unnamed 19-year-old Richmond, Virginia-area teen admitted inventing the tale for her grandmother's benefit because she had been late getting home. The deception backfired when her concerned grandmother contacted a local television station with the story. Meanwhile, the teen thought to share her false account with a friend, inspiring the mother of that friend to pen the above-quoted warning and send it out via
Police heard of the thwarted abduction when they were contacted by a reporter and began to receive calls from concerned residents. They expended more than ten hours getting to the bottom of this case. Ultimately, the teen admitted she had made up her story.
The young woman won't face any charges because she never filed a report with the police.
Barbara "repeater and the wolf" Mikkelson
Last updated: 6 October 2006
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