Example: [Collected via e-mail, May 2006]
Origins: The above-cited statistic about a national reduction in shoplifting on
Although the original item as quoted above bore no attribution, it was soon followed by later versions complete with (apparently spurious) claims that the statistics contained therein had been obtained from various news or law enforcement sources:
This message was sent to me from my brother. He is a retired California Highway Patrol officer. I thought you'd be interested in what he has to say.
I just got these stats from CHP and LAPD. They are statistics from the day of the great Illegal immigrant protest. They were taken from SWITRS which is a police reporting data base for gathering stats. I listed some of the highlights.
CHP... record low accident reduction -73%
record low auto theft reduction -82%
record low citations issued -69%
LAPD... violent crime reduction (murders, assaults, robbery) -48%
malicious mischief (tagging, theft, vandalism) -88%
domestic violence -77%
They should protest every day!!!!!!!!!
Immigration March Was A Success!
I thought you'd be interested in some facts I received. It appears that the Immigration March last Monday in
82% reduction - auto theft
28% " " - murders/ violent crimes/ rapes
73% " " - vandalism / tagging
54% " " - drug related offenses (not including the area surrounding the march)
31% " " - domestic violence cases
64% " " - misdemeanor cases (shop lifting, etc.)
The California Highway Patrol reported that last Mon day was a record low in the least amount of traffic accidents on South CA freeways.
Looks like the immigration rally was well worth it. Maybe we can do this one again sometime.
Sure saves the State of California a chunk of money!
In May 2008, an e-mail expounding on the same theme and placing the tale in Victoria, Texas appeared in our inbox:
Local Hispanic leaders there, in opposition to pending Immigration Legislation, boycotted all Caucasian owned businesses in the Victoria area this weekend as a demonstration of their economic impact on the community.
The boycott was declared a success by the Hispanic community, noting that revenue in Caucasian owned businesses was down by 19%.
Business owners declared the boycott a success as well, pointing out that shoplifting was reduced by 77%.
And shoppers reported they could actually hear English being spoken throughout the stores for the first time in recent memory and customers paid with real money, not government cards.
Local Lebanese and Asian leaders there are upset at the Liberal Party for threatening to send back the illegal boat people and to Restrict Immigration. So this weekend they boycotted all Australian owned businesses in the Sydney area as a demonstration of their economic impact on the community. The boycott was declared a success by the Lebs and Nips communities, noting that revenue in Aussie owned businesses was down by 19%.
However Aussie business owners also declared the boycott a success, pointing out that shoplifting was reduced by 77%, money orders sent out of the country were down by 97%, the cost of daily
Gilot, Louie. "'Day Without Immigrants' Fails to Gather Steam in EP." El Paso Times. 20 April 2006.