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Kerry Supporter Who
Stole Bush Campaign Sign is Arrested For Multiple
Summary of the eRumor The first-hand story of a
Bush supporter in the 2004 presidential race who caught
someone stealing a Bush sign from his front yard in Vancouver,
The thief turned out to be driving without a license, using license
plates from Oregon illegally, and driving drunk.
According to the Vancouver Police Department, they've gotten
inquiries about this one, but it never happened.
This story is an example of a fictional tale being created by
someone who didn't think it through.
How many people would post a campaign sign in their front yard then
decide to stay up late to conduct surveillance on it?
Also, the writer describes the car as being "nice" and
having "power everything."
In most late-model car, the doors would not lock while the ignition
is on and the engine running.
Additionally, for the man to have been arrested for drunk driving,
someone would have had to observe him committing the crime.
Being intoxicated in the vicinity of your locked car is not illegal.
That and other aspects of the story seem more like the way the
writer wished they would be than the way they really were.
It was an attempt to characterize people who support a different
political candidate as drunken criminals.
Last updated 10/4/04
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
ANOTHER DEM BITES THE DUST
Last Thursday I put out one of my
Bush/Cheney signs in my front yard. Between midnight and
3:00 a.m. someone stole it. On Friday night I put out sign
No. 2. Since I didn't have to get up early, I thought my
dog and I would "stake out" our sign. This time
I put the sign a little closer to the gate leading to my
backyard. With my dog on an extra long leash, I planted
myself on a lawn chair and read "Unfit for
Command" by flashlight until about 1:00 a.m. Here
comes the fun part . . . I noticed that the car coming
down the street was slowing down and pulling over to the
curb right next to my yard. Sure enough, he gets out of
his car and heads right for my sign. Just as he was about
to uproot and desecrate it, I opened my gate and let my
dog make the initial introduction! As he ran to hide
behind the rear end of his car, I promptly moved to the
driver-side door, which was still open. It was a fairly
nice car with power everything and still running. While my
dog continued to "introduce" herself, I rolled
up the window and hit the power door lock button. With
that, I slammed the door, grabbed my Bush sign and headed
into the back yard.
And now for the "rest of the
story." About 40 minutes later, I heard a knock at
the door. I opened the door to one of our city's finest .
. . the Vancouver Police Department. The officer asked me
what was going on and when I told him, he could not stop
laughing! I followed him out to the perp's car and stood
there while he asked the guy a few more questions. Upon
learning that the guy lived a couple of streets down, I --
knowing what was about to happen -- asked him, "Why
do you have Oregon plates on your car if you live just
down the street (here in Vancouver, Wash.)?" Larry,
Oregon has no sales tax, so often Washington residents
will buy and register cars in Oregon to avoid paying sales
tax . . . it's a crime and the fine is pretty stiff. Here
comes the best part. . . . The look on this guy's face
told me he knew he was about to get busted. When the
officer asked for his license and registration, the
"Democrat" mumbled that (his license) was
suspended. Just for kicks and giggles I asked the officer
if he smelled any alcohol coming from the guy! The officer
looked at me, smiled and promptly gave him a field
breathalyzer test. Guess what? You got it, he blew a .10,
legally drunk in the state of Washington.
DUI, illegal registration and the brand
of "MORON," all 'cause he hates Bush!
Cost of Bush signs: $5.95 each
Cost of Flashlight batteries: $3.95/Pack
Seeing a Leftwing Numbskull carted off to the hoosegow:
2 For 1
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