Examples: [Collected via e-mail, 2002]
An old student of mine came up to me yesterday and said that a good friend of his is a waiter at our local Red Lobster. This waiter had a customer of a Middle Eastern descent. The customer kept asking the waiter for a quarter. When he finally gave him the quarter, the customer said something along the lines of, "You want a tip?" To which the waiter said, "Sure." The customer then responded, "Don't drink Coke after
Recently, I heard what I suspect to be a rumor regarding Coca-Cola. Supposedly, a stock person was putting some groceries in the trunk of a car when he cautioned the owner not to buy Coca-Cola after 6/1/02. Naturally, after 9/11 everyone is extremely cautious about any "terrorist threat."
Now, you can take this with a grain of salt, but I thought it was worth passing
Ok I don't usually fall into the rumour category. Although this time I did.
Our good friend (God mother to Gabriella) has a friend (yadh yadah yadh) who was in our nationally known grocery store. This man was in front of her and was short $5.00. He was not budging on anything. Price, product
She said, "it's ok, never mind, etc."
He said, "Don't drink coke this summer."
I am a bit superstitious. But I love you all and feel the need to pass on this info. Good thing we don't drink alot of soda pop.
Origins: The helpful terrorists are back, but this time instead of warning kindly Americans which cities to avoid, they're advising consumers to stay away from that most quintessential of American products: Coca-Cola.
The versions cited above are simply reworkings of the "grateful stranger rewarding a helpful citizen with a warning about impending attack" type of tales that were circulating within a month of the
Nonetheless, this rumor continues to circulate in newer and newer versions that push the target date farther into the future to keep it current:
The teacher that I work with got a phone call from her mother last night. Her name is Mindy Henson. Mindy's minister's wife was grocery shopping in Wabash, Indiana. There was a Muslum lady in front of her who was checking out and was $4.00 short of paying her bill. So, the minister's wife gave her the money. When they walked out of the grocery store, the Muslum lady told her how much she appreciated the nice favor she'd done for her. She said that she wanted to do her a favor in return. She then told her not to drink any Pepsi products after
The police terrorism tip line and e-mail address have received numerous reports from concerned citizens lately, reporting roughly the same story, which follows:
A person in a check-out line at a store is behind a person who appears to be from the Middle East. The Middle Eastern person is few cents short when paying for his or her purchase, and the next person offers to make up the difference.
Later, the Middle Eastern person comments on the act of kindness and says he or she hasn't been treated well since the terrorist attacks on
In appreciation, the person offers what seems to be insider
The state police release states that "stories of terrorists giving safety tips in return for good deeds are very common during times of unrest. However, law enforcement authorities have no evidence that this scenario has occurred."
We always take reports of this nature seriously. You should know that investigations to date, conducted by Federal and local officials, as well as The Coca-Cola Company, have concluded that these rumors have no merit.
Curiously, some of the elements of the rumor almost came true. In
It needs be stressed this was not a plot against bottling plants in the
|snopes valiantly defies terrorists by continuing to quaff his favorite beverage at his secret mountain hideaway|
What's the point of poisoned soda rumors? They may reflect a genuine,
Last updated: 31 August 2007
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