Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Urban Legend Part XXXIV

I got the following e-mail today, sent on behalf of the Chief of Police for the school district:

Government Warning regarding purchase of UPS uniforms:

There has been a huge purchase, $32,000 worth, of United Parcel Service (UPS) uniforms on eBay over the last 30 days. This could represent a serious threat as bogus drivers (terrorists) can drop off anything to anyone with deadly consequences! If you have ANY questions when a UPS driver appears at your door, they should be able to furnish VALID I.D

Additionally, if someone in a UPS uniform comes to make a drop off or pickup, make absolutely sure they are driving a UPS truck. UPS doesn’t make deliveries or pickups in anything, except a company vehicle If you have a problem, IMMEDIATELY call your local law enforcement agency right away!

TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY! Tell everyone in your office, your family, your friends, etc. Make people aware so that we can prepare and/or avoid terrorist attacks on our people! Thank you for your time in reviewing this and PLEASE send to EVERYONE on your list, even if they are friend or foe. We should all be aware!

Kimberly Bush-Carr

Management Program Specialist

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Bureau Customs and Border Protection

Washington, DC 20229

Just based on the writing style – the extraneous exclamation points, the lack of proofreading (missing or misplaced punctuation), and the overuse of ALL CAPS – makes this look more like a high school prank than a serious message from Homeland Security.

What’s really disturbing is that the chief didn’t check this out before sending it out to “ALL LOCATIONS.” What’s next…”Be on the lookout for alligators in the sewers!”