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Needle Contaminated with HIV in a Movie Theater Seat  Hoax

The hoax that some wacko has embedded a needle contaminated with HIV in a movie theater seat has been around for a while.  And it is still fake.

Here is the email - Remember it is a FAKE:


PLEASE READ AND PLEASE BE CAREFUL!

Dated: March 28, 1999 11:23:06 -0500

For your information, a couple of weeks ago, in a Dallas movie theater, a person sat on something sharp in one of the seats. When she stood up to see what it was, a needle was found poking through the seat with an attached note saying, "You have been infected with HIV".

The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta reports similar events have taken place in several other cities recently. All of the needles tested HAVE been positive for HIV. The CDC also reports that needles have been found in the coin return areas of pay phones and soda machines.

Everyone is asked to use extreme caution when confronted with these types of situations. All public chairs should be thoroughly but safely inspected prior to any use. A thorough visual inspection is considered the bare minimum. Furthermore, they ask that everyone notify their family members and friends of the potential dangers, as well. Thank you.

The previous information was sent from the Dallas Police Department to all of the local governments in the Washington area and was interdepartmentally dispersed. We were all asked to pass this to as many people as possible.


And if you want to see the humorous side of hoax emails, read the spoof of the bubble-boy scams.


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