Read the warning about needles being affixed to the underside of gas pumps — and learn if it’s true or an urban legend
Needles on the Underside of Gas Pumps?
My name is Captain Abraham Sands of the Jacksonville, Florida 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
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 Jacksonville 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 top priority.
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
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.
PLEASE HELP US BY MAINTAINING A VIGILANCE. YOU MAY WISH TO INFORM ANYONE YOU KNOW
WHO DRIVES. THE MORE PEOPLE WHO KNOW OF THIS THE BETTER PROTECTED WE CAN ALL BE.
Editors Note: This is not true. It is an urban legend