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DollFin
03-01-2008, 15:51
Am I the ONLY person amongst my internet friends and acquaintances who understands that 99.99999% of anything you get via chain letter is probably either a hoax, outdated information, or totally ineffective?? Every day, I will most likely get at least 1 chain letter, petition, missing child alert (Ashley Flores is NOT missing, just for everyone's information!)or other such time and bandwidth wasting garbage from someone whom I would otherwise consider an intelligent, self-sufficient member of society. I have repeatedly sent "reply all" messages to these offenders informing them of the ease and brief time it takes to verify whether something is valid or effective through such websites as snopes.com, but these same people will continue forwarding useless chain letters, convinced they are "just trying to be helpful, just in case it's true!" I will STILL, on occasion, receive the infamous "Disney/Microsoft/AOL etc will give you $10,000, a free cruise, whatever, if you forward this to 20 people within 5 minutes" with the disclaimer "Hey, this is probably not real, but you never know..." Well, guess what, people... in the time it took you to forward that message, you could have actually found out for yourself whether or not it was real and saved a friend's (Mine, for instance) sanity! LOL.

What annoys me most are the false "missing kid" alerts, like Ashley Flores. With all the genuine missing kids out there, it is sad that so much time and effort has gone into perpetuating untrue or outdated cases. Unless you are personally acquainted with the family of a missing child, any chain letter with a missing child alert can and SHOULD be verified before being passed along - it is so easy to do and would not only help the valid cases receive their proper attention, but imagine how the families of kids listed in erroneous alerts must feel when they are constantly seeing their own child listed as missing.

OK, I am done with my rant. I just had to get that out of my system. Thanks!!!

ScaredSilly
03-01-2008, 15:56
Urban Legends Reference Pages (http://www.snopes.com)

SkuaSeptember
03-01-2008, 16:00
Ditto!!!!!!

RnSdiver
03-01-2008, 16:02
I hate giving a new to the internet friends My email address for just these reasons.

UCFKnightDiver
03-01-2008, 16:13
I get them every so often and rarely ever foreward them

pyre24
03-01-2008, 17:10
I always delete chain letters. I hate them.

Suther2136
03-01-2008, 17:20
Oh crap I forwarded this to every one I know before I realized it was not another chain letter....LOL

mitchy
03-01-2008, 17:36
Now you tell me. I thought I had $10,000 coming my way and just ordered a whack of stuff from ST.

rfb3
03-01-2008, 17:58
Am I the ONLY person amongst my internet friends and acquaintances who understands that 99.99999% of anything you get via chain letter is probably either a hoax, outdated information, or totally ineffective??

Nope. My delete key has no paint on it...

IrishSquid
03-01-2008, 18:31
I just got one last week that was idiotic. It was titled:
"Soldier's Homecoming! They really know how to do it right in Tennessee!"
There were a bunch of pictures of flag waving, parades, hands over heart, police /fire truck escorts, etc., which is fine by me. What cracked me up was; about 5 pics down, on the side of the street in front of a building, was a sign in the shape of Texas with "Texas State Inspection Station" emblazoned on it. Morons don't even read what they forward.

mm_dm
03-01-2008, 19:19
Ashley Flores is alive and living in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She is 57 years old, works as a greeter at Walmart and is sorry for all the trouble she caused on account of a dare from a friend after both had been drinking. She is sure that the machine in the corner of the store that counts your change and gives you back dollar bills has been cheating her for years.

You must, having read this, send this post to at least 20 of your closest friends, assuming that you know at least 20 people, or fur will grow on your back and you will have an irresistible urge to howl at the moon. Plus, you will end up owing the IRS money for something at some point in your life.

Osprey
03-01-2008, 20:34
I had people on myspace drop me because every time they posted something, I ALWAAYYSS replied with a snopes link. Like it was my fault for being educated ;)

DollFin
03-01-2008, 21:12
I had people on myspace drop me because every time they posted something, I ALWAAYYSS replied with a snopes link. Like it was my fault for being educated ;)

Heck, my sister in law got PO'd at me because I kept sending her snopes links whenever she'd send junk emails! Sorry if my not happening to believe everything I read in an email and take the time to check it out first makes you feel like an idiot because you keep falling for it!!

newways
03-01-2008, 21:24
I do get a laugh at how my backwoods friends still believe some of that crap. ;)

Defman
03-01-2008, 21:30
Gotta love them Outlook rules...

1. Did it come from Mom? (Yes)
2. Does it have FW or FWD in the subject? (Yes)
3. Was it sent to other people in addition to myself? (Yes)

PERMANTENTLY DELETE IT!!!

fisheater
03-01-2008, 23:56
People really are idiots.

Clanggedin
03-02-2008, 00:29
I have my Outlook to automatically put emails from certain friends of mine directly into the trash because of all the crap they send me. It's funny when they ask me if I read a certain email and I have to explain to them where I have them going.. It still doesn't stop them from sending me crap, and their emails still go into the trash. lol