So I got an email from my parents today. It was the standard: WOMEN WATCH OUT THE GANGS ARE OUT THERE AND WILL JUMP IN YOUR CAR AT PETROL STATIONS! PARANOIA IS BETTER THAN CARELESSNESS, THIS IS THE NEW GANG INITIATION, IT’S A TRUE STORY WATCHOUTWATCHOUTWATCHOUT and so on.
Scary stuff. Well it was 6 months ago when I got the same email. And two months before that. And a few months before THAT.
The thing that confuses me is that it’s not like one of the LOLcat emails that people have sitting in their inboxes and then randomly see and decide to ‘brighten my day.’
And if it was so scary you’d think it would be sent out quickly so that we were all aware and then it would stop.
So are the gangs copycatting each other so it all starts again? Or are some people just really slack with their forwarding?
Wouldn’t it make more sense to send out the occasional message to say “OK ladies, the crime stats are still pretty scary and Joburg is a pretty nasty place to be stuck alone on the side of the road at night. Please be careful.”
On a serious note, be careful and keep safe, or you might end up having your story repeated on email indefinitely.