Back Seat Attacker and Gas Attendant Warning - Internet/Facebook Rumour

18 Jun 2013 - Article No: 1745. Filed under: General | Internet/Facebook Rumour

A friend stopped at a pay-at-the-pump gas station to get gas. Once she filled her gas tank and after paying at the pump and starting to leave, the voice of the attendant inside came over the speaker.. He told her that something happened with her card and that she needed to come inside to pay. The lady was confused because the transaction showed complete and approved. She relayed that to him and was getting ready to leave but the attendant, once again, urged her to come in to pay or there`d be trouble. She proceeded to go inside and started arguing with the attendant about his threat. He told her to calm down and listen carefully:
He said that while she was pumping gas, a guy slipped into the back seat of her car on the other side and the attendant had already called the police.
She became frightened and looked out in time to see her car door open and the guy slip out. The report is that the new gang initiation thing is to bring back a woman and/or her car. One way they are doing this is crawling under women`s cars while they`re pumping gas or at grocery stores in the nighttime. The other way is slipping into unattended cars and kidnapping the women.
Please pass this on to other women, young and old alike. Be extra careful going to and from your car at night. If at all possible, don`t go alone!
This is real!!
The message:
1. ALWAYS lock your car doors, even if you`re gone for just a second!
2. Check underneath your car when approaching it for reentry, and check in the back before getting in.
3. Always be aware of your surroundings and of other individuals in your general vicinity, particularly at night!
Send this to everyone so your friends can take precaution.
Barbara Baker, Secretary Directorate of Training U.S. Army Military Police School
collected June 2013


The first bit is mainly for women, but gents , please read it and send it on to any women you care about. The second bit is a warning to all of us!

Some sound advice for us all, as we all sometimes forget to take our commonsense with us when we go out.
This is from Northants Police Women.....

Please read, and pass on.

An important message from the Police -
please pass this along to all the women you know.....

This actually happened a few weeks ago on the M3 FLEET SERVICES!!!

It was early evening, and a young girl stopped to get petrol. She filled her tank and walked into the store to pay for her petrol. The cashier told her, Dont pay for your petrol yet......walk around the store for a while, and act as if youre picking up some other things to buy. A man just got into the back of your car. Ive called the police, and theyre on their way.

When the police arrived, they found the man in the back seat of the girls car and asked him what he was doing. He replied, he was joining a gang, and the initiation to join is to kidnap a woman and bring her back to the gang to be raped by every member of the gang. If the woman was still alive by the time they finish with her then they let her go. According to the police that night, there is a new gang forming here, originating from London . The scary part of this is, because the guy didnt have a weapon on him, the police could only charge him with trespassing....

Hes back on the street and free to try again. Something similar to this happened at the Tesco garage on Cardiff Road in Newport recently, but luckily the cashier saw the man get into her car. Please be aware of whats going on around you, and warn your family and friends.

LADIES, you or one of your family or friends could be the next victim. Please forward this on to everyone you know. Please do not discard this message; it is very important that everyone knows what is happening. Please be careful when leaving your vehicle, and make sure it is ALWAYS LOCKED to prevent this from happening to you.
collected October 2013

The classic backseat driver hoax is perhaps one of the most popular urban legends of all time. The thought of discovering an intruder behind you whilst driving along dark roads triggers a primal fear and that is perhaps why it circulates so successfully on the Internet, especially at Halloween.

And it is not surprised that this classic tale has inspired several popular Internet chain-hoaxes that circulate through email and social media, such as this version that tells the story of a vigilant gas attendant who saves a female customer after he spots a man entering the backseat of her car as she pays for gas.

Later versions of this variant also report that the gang member - after being apprehended by police - admitted that he was taking part in a gang initiation whereby he was to abduct and rape the woman.

(If the added extra of gang initiations rings a bell then thatís because this claim has been added to many other classic urban legends such as gang members targeting people who flash their headlights, the baby car seat hoax and the crying child at the side of the road hoax.)

Of course during the history of time there have been instances where criminals have entered the back seat of cars belonging to unwary victims, but these are rare and isolated incidents, such as an escaped murderer in 1964 hiding in the back seat of a car driven by a police detective who promptly discovered the convict and shot him.

However there are distinct differences between the legend and the truth. We do know that slipping into the back seat of a car with the intent of attacking the driver has never been a criminal trend or a pre-requisite to join a gang, rendering these messages nothing more than an urban legend.

And the story of a gas attendant warning a potential victim of a backseat driver has circulated for many years in many different forms, and is ultimately nothing more than a continuation of this classic back seat urban legend. With that said many of these warnings do perhaps highlight some good points. It is probably a good idea to lock your car when leaving it, if only for a few minutes, and if you do look in the backseat of your car before you enter it, well, it canít hurt.

Variations of this tale place the location of the incident within various states across the US and later versions claim it happened at the M3 motorway in the UK next to Fleet services. Equally false versions place the location in Australia and New Zealand.

(The UK version also makes the ridiculous claim that despite admitting attempted rape and abduction, the gang member was only charged with trespassing.)

UK versions also come attached to the equally spurious warning about criminals attaching pieces of paper to the rear window of cars to lure out victims for carjacking attacks.

Ultimately these warnings are nothing more than an on-going and very popular urban legend with no basis in reality.

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