Warnings claim that criminals are throwing eggs at the windshields of motorists to force them into stopping and thus making them vulnerable to further crime.
Examples of these rumours taken from social media can be seen below –
OFFICIAL MSG FROM POLICE
If you are driving at night and eggs are thrown at your windscreen, do not stop to check the car, do not operate the wiper and do not spray any water, because eggs mixed with water become milky and block your vision up to 92.5%, and you are then forced to stop beside the road and become a victim of these criminals. This is a new technique used by gangs, so please inform your friends and relatives. And most importantly do not be selfish by refusing to share this message.
If you are driving at night and eggs are thrown at your windshield.
Do not operate the wiper and spray any water because eggs mixed with water become milky and block your vision up to 92.5% so you are forced to stop at the roadside and become a victim of robbers. This is a new technique used by robbers. Please inform your friends and relatives. This also happens on interstates near exits.
Warnings that caution readers against a variety of crimes intended to stop motorists thus making them vulnerable to crime are commonplace, and rarely accurate, including this egg throwing warning.
Oddly enough, these types of warnings enjoy the height of their popularity during the Halloween period, but are still likely to be encountered at any time during the year. This particular egg-lobbing variant has been passed from inbox to inbox (or passed between social media accounts) for the best part of a decade, and is often found alongside an equally spurious warning claiming criminals are using empty baby car seats to stop motorists.
Often these types of warnings are attributed to “gang initiations” that assert this is the latest modus operandi employed by “wannabe” gang members looking to pass their initiation ceremony.
Like many of these warnings (including the baby car seat variant, the crying child variant or the flashing headlights variant) this isn’t a “trending” or “latest” type of crime and no police force we’re aware of have intentionally issued a warning cautioning readers of such a crime (though bear in mind, police forces are not immune from foolishly copying and pasting these scarelore rumours from their own spcial media accounts without verification.)
Could such a crime vaguely matching the description of this warning potentially occur somewhere in the world at some point in an undefined future? Yes, of course, but that doesn’t justify the existence of such a warning. Let’s stick to warning of crimes that do actually happen.