My husband came running into the bedroom the other night after downloading his email. My brother-in-law or his wife had sent us this warning about crazy people taping hypodermic needles loaded with HIV to gas pump handles in the hopes that they could infect thousands of people. My husband says to me, “We need to forward this as soon as possible!”
So I go to Snopes and enter “hypodermic needles gas pumps”, and up pops the same email (word for word). It is noted as false. As my husband continues to talk about how scary it is that people would actually tape needles to gas pumps blah blah blah…I draw his attention to the website and let him read it for himself.
“So it’s not true?” he says.
“No, honey,” I reply.
Here’s the kicker: he seemed actually insulted that I had gone to any kind of lengths to prove that it was untrue. This got me wondering about what would happen if I sent Snopes cites back to people who send me all those warnings and boycotts and such. Why would a person get offended because something that someone else made up wasn’t true?