Snopes.com Wrong Again: Woman Gets Drugged At The Gas Station

Snopes.com Said It's A Myth: The e-mail About Women Being Drugged At Gas Stations Is True!

Woman  drugged abducted at gas station

Have you received the e-mail about the lady who was drugged by a contaminated business card with the mysterious substance known as  BURUNDANGA , which was given to her by a stranger at a gas station?  In spite of Snopes.com saying it is all just  an urban legend, turns out it's no myth, and one that could cost you your life. Here's an example of the e-mail that Snopes says is false:

Subject: Be Alert & Cautious / Must read!!

A man came over and offered his services as a painter to a female who was putting gas in her car and left his card. She said no, but accepted his card out of kindness and got in the car. The man then got into a car driven by another gentleman. As the lady left the service station, she saw the men following her out of the station at the same time. Almost immediately, she started to feel dizzy and could not catch her breath. She tried to open the window and realized that the odor was on her hand; the same hand which accepted the card from the gentleman at the gas station.

She then noticed the men were immediately behind her and she felt she needed to do something at that moment. She drove into the first driveway and began to honk her horn repeatedly to ask for help. The men drove away but the lady still felt pretty bad for several minutes after she could finally catch her breath.

Apparently, there was a substance on the card that could have seriously injured her.

This drug is called 'BURUNDANGA' and it is used by people who wish to incapacitate a victim in order to steal from or take advantage of them like REPEATED GANG RAPE. This drug is four times more dangerous than the date rape drug and is transferable on simple cards.

So take heed and make sure you don't accept cards at any given time alone or from someone on the streets. This applies to those making house calls and slipping you a card when they offer their services .

PLEASE SEND THIS E-MAIL ALERT TO EVERY FEMALE YOU KNOW

Until now many sites have said this story is an urban myth.  But they are wrong again. TV Station KIAH in Houston has published an account of Mary Anne Capowho was drugged in the very same way:

 

HOUSTON - For one Houston woman, a quick stop at her local gas station became a modern day cautionary tale.

Last Friday, Mary Anne Capo remembers filling up her tank and cleaning out her car when a man approached her with a pamphlet. The man wanted to let her know about a church service the following week.

"I felt like what he was saying wasn't really above board. I had taken that pamphlet and I actually had opened it up," said Capo.

Capo said she looked at it then threw it away along with a few other items in her car.

"Finished pumping gas, got in my car, and started to drive out the exit and that's when I felt my throat started to swell up like someone was strangling me, my tongue was swollen," she said.

She said she immediately pulled back into the gas station and ran inside to get help.

"I don't know if it was something that I touched on it or if when I open it up," said Capo of the pamphlet. "There was something inside of it. I never smelt anything and I never saw anything. Never saw any powder or anything like that."

Capo's story may sound familiar - it did to 39News. On a website dedicated to debunking hoaxes and urban myths there is a story very similar to Capo's. The website's version is contained in an e-mail alert which goes on to detail a Katy woman who encounters a man at a gas station who gives her a business card. Later, the woman becomes dizzy and discovers the card had been laced with a powerful drug. The website goes on to cite several variations of the story with the same underlying theme.

Capo is aware of the story because she said after she sent an e-mail to family and friends to warn them they told her about it.

"This is absolutely not a hoax ... it absolutely happened to me," she said.

She also contacted Harris County Precinct 5 Constable's Office and reported the incident, which the law enforcement agency confirmed for 39News.

"I called the constables; I said I need to tell you all what happened. I was also just worried it was going to happen to someone else," said Capo.

She is warning people not to take anything from a stranger's hand.

"They can believe me or not. It doesn't really matter, but if it makes them think before they take something from someone and if my situation saves someone's life or keeps them from being a part of a scam or victim then it was worth it."

Be careful what other websites that purport to debunk urban myths might tell you, that bad information just might get you killed. So when that nice person comes up to you at the gas station with the innocent looking card or pamplet, act like Nancy Reagan and just say no!

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-1 #8 Hunter Rose 2013-07-29 18:02
Uhhh, this is REALLY flimsy.

Normally, when you set out to prove something wrong (such as Snopes' contention that the story is false), you should bring SOME kind of factual information that shows they missed something crucial.
Where are the links?
Where are the police reports?
The articles?
The scientists quoted as saying this could even POSSIBLY be a threat?
One unsourced article about a woman having an allergic reaction after being handed a pamphlet debunks nothing.
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-1 #7 jediwoman 2013-05-15 15:34
Sorry, folks, but this drug needs to be ingested. It is highly unlikely that a drug like scopalamine could effect someone so profoundly simply by touch for a brief period of time. As I said - NOT LIKELY.
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0 #6 Chester 2013-03-31 19:28
I would say that with NO proof, this is a very questionable event. Police didn't request a blood test, she didn't voluntarily get one, AND threw the pamphlet away. That does make for a VERY suspicious item.
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0 #5 2011-05-05 02:37
Surely, she would have had blood tests and proof of some drug(s) in her system would've been found. Sounds like urban myth
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0 #4 2011-01-18 19:31
THIS LADY'S SYMPTOMS, IF INDEED THERE WERE ANY, DESCRIBE AN ANXIETY ATTACK. IT'S STILL A HOAX, AND A PERSISTANT ONE AT THAT.
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+2 #3 2010-05-18 09:45
I had a suspicious looking gentleman at a gas station try to hand me a card. He turned sheet white when I pulled out my gun and told him to beat it. You should have seen him run. The only way to fight back is with a strong unmistakable response to these kinds of thugs.
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0 #2 2010-04-08 16:00
Uh, this happened after the last update to the Snopes article. Surely you're not accusing them of getting it wrong because they failed to account for events that had not yet occurred?

I hate to tell you but good journalists check their references and as of Snopes last edit they didn't check out. I expect Snopes will update their article to reflect this new information shortly.

Even with the personal account this can't really be confirmed since she 1. doesn't have the pamphlet and 2. didn't get tested for drugs or poison. As such the entirety of the story is her word and I don't know anything about this woman. How can I judge if her account is honest or her assessment of it is reasonable?

She really should have held onto the pamphlet or gotten herself tested. If this is a real threat then that little bit of concrete evidence and detail would go so much further to appraise us of the danger than unsubstantiated claims.
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+2 #1 2010-04-01 08:28
This is sooo scary! I was at the gas pump last week when some weirdo tried to give me his business card for carpet cleaning service. I told him I don't have rugs and got out of there as fast as I could. Everyone needs to be more careful and remember, don't take candy from strangers!
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