Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Memorize these lines!

This is probably the only Internet warning that I have ever received that I found worth passing on.

Most of the time, well-meaning friends send me scary stuff that a quick trip to snopes.com immediately invalidates.

But this is different. I've kept it around a while. This blog of mine being devoted to Women, and read regularly by several wonderful Women, is as good a place as any to post these tips. The only one that seems more spooky than real is that last one about babies crying. The rest simply make sense. And may God grant that none of You ever need to put any of these tips into practice. And may we someday have a world where this sort of thing is ancient, horrible history and Woman have nothing in the world to ever fear again. -- ECD

Refresh yourself of these things to do in an emergency situation...
This is for you, and for you to share with your wife, your children, everyone you know.
After reading these 9 crucial tips, forward them to someone you care about.
It never hurts to be careful in this crazy world we live in.

1. The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!

2. Learned this from a tourist guide in New Orleans. If a robber asks for your wallet and/orpurse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you....chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!

3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won't see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.

4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit(doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc.)DON'T DO THIS!
The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go.
If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF, repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you. If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes bail out and run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.

5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage:
A.) Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor, and in the back seat.
B.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.
C.) Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out.
IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)

6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. (Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot.
This is especially true at NIGHT!)

7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN!
The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; And even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ! RUN!

8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP. It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked "for help"into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted
his next victim.

9. Another Safety Point: Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch
the night before last, and she called the police because it was late and she thought it was weird.
The police told her "Whatever you do, DO NOT open the door."
The lady then said that it sounded like the baby had crawled near a window, and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over. The policeman said, "We already have a unit on the way, whatever you do, DO NOT open the door." He told her that they think a serial killer has a baby's cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby.
DO NOT open the door for a crying baby.

Send this to any woman you know that may need to be reminded that the world we live in has a lot of crazies in it and it's better to be safe than sorry.


...amarpreet said...

Excellent advice - thank you for posting ECD

chipazoid said...

Scary times, scary times.

Rebecca said...

Tracy Chapman said it best years ago...Why is a woman still not safe when she's in her home...

eastcoastdweller said...

Tragically, thanks to "domestic violence," a Woman's home is sometimes the most dangerous place for Her to be.

eastcoastdweller said...

But even so, we cannot overlook the thousands, perhaps millions of real men out there in the world, who are part of the solution, not the problem; who use their hands for loving, not hitting; their tongues for praising, not demeaning; and their strength to protect, not abuse.

Mara said...

When people trade their human qualities because of paranoia, it's a sick world we live in. There are days when I rebuke any dubious request for help but end up feeling sorry and guilty for being such a lowlife, for doing what I despise. This advice may be very pertinent in the USA, but other countries are not as such. I prefer to help someone without thinking that he may try to rob me or kill me. I am in God's care, doing as my heart tells me to so even if I die, it's an accident, an unfortunate thing, but it's worth taking the chance when you see people thanking you from the bottom of their hearts for helping them, complete strangers, when they were most in need.

eastcoastdweller said...

Mara: You are a brave and beautiful soul.

Two years ago, I was walking my dog in the dark one snowy evening when some big guy, half-drunk, appeared in the gloom, told me his truck had gotten stuck on a hill, and asked me if I would give him a ride home.

I was scared, really scared. I don't live in the best neighborhood to begin with. Truth be told, I was scared right up until we reached his driveway and he got out of my car and thanked me.

And then I felt very, very good.