Give & Take ?
This is a report from a woman who works with criminals on a
daily basis and should be aware of things like this.
Criminals are coming up with craftier, less threatening methods of attack,
so we have to be extra cautious.
Here's her story:
I live in Alexandria, VA , but I often work in Lafayette , LA , staying
with friends when I'm there. As you know from America 's Most Wanted TV
program, as well as the news media, there is a serial killer in the
I just want to let you know about an "incident" that happened to me a few
weeks ago, and could have been deadly. At first I didn't go to the police
or anyone with it because I didn't realize how serious this encounter was.
But since I work in a jail and I told a few people about it, it wasn't
long before I was paraded into Internal Affairs to tell them my story.
It was approximately 5:15 A.M. in Opelousas, La. I had stayed with a
friend there and was on my way to work. I stopped at the Exxon/Blimpie Pie
station to get gas. I got $10 gas and a Diet Coke. I took into the store
two $5 bills and one $1 bill (just enough to get my stuff).
As I pulled away from the store, a man approached my truck from the back
side of the store (an unlit area). He was an "approachable-looking" man
(clean cut, clean shaven, dressed well, etc.). He walked up to my window
and knocked. Since I'm very paranoid and "always looking for the rapist or
killer," I didn't open the window..... I just asked what he wanted. He
raised a $5 bill to my window and said,
"You dropped this."
Since I knew I had gone into the store with a certain amount of money, I
knew I didn't drop it. When I told him it wasn't mine, he began hitting
the window and door, screaming at me to open my door, and insisting that I
had dropped the money! At that point, I just drove away as fast as I
After talking to the Internal Affairs Department and describing the man I
saw, and the way he escalated from calm and polite to angry and
volatile....it was determined that I could have possibly encountered the
serial killer myself.
Up to this point, it had been unclear as to how he had gained access to
his victims, since there has been no evidence of forced entry into
victim's homes, cars, etc. And the fact that he has been attacking in the
daytime, when women are less likely to have their guard up, means he is
So think about it...what gesture is nicer than returning money to someone
who dropped it????? How many times would you have opened your window (or
door) to get your money and say thank you.... because if the person is
kind enough to return something to you, then he can't really be a threat
Please be cautious! This might not have been the serial killer...but
anyone that gets that angry over someone not accepting money from them
can't have honorable intentions. The most important thing to note is that
his reaction was NOT WHAT I EXPECTED! A total surprise!
But what might have happened if I had opened my door? I shudder to think!
Forward this to everyone you know....maybe they can be
as fortunate as I was!
P.S. from the Sender:
Ladies, really DO share this with EVERYONE you know Even if this man
wasn't a serial killer, he looked nice, he seemed polite, he was
apparently doing an act of kindness, but HE WAS NOT A NICE PERSON (AND,
I'm sending it to the men in our lives as well!!!)
P L E A S E PASS THIS ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW.
This is especially important ladies.
It is good advice and something to think about...
and it may save your life someday.