HIV infected needles found in theater seats-Fiction!
HIV-Infected Needles Are Being Found in Theater Seats-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:There are several versions, but typically they describe a woman who went to the movies, sat down in one of the theater seats, and felt a stabbing pain. She quickly jumped up and found the needle of a medical syringe sticking out of the seat. There was also a note that said, "You have been infected with HIV" or "welcome to my world...you now have HIV. The email goes on to say that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control have issued a warning about needles being found in theaters.
The Truth:This is a hoax. There are no documented cases of HIV-infected needles being found in theaters. There are other versions of this eRumor that say HIV-infected needles have been found in the coin return slots of pay phones, children's play areas at fast food restaurants, and soft drink machines in Florida, Texas, and many other cities and states. One note about this particular version of the story is that although it says the needle was found in a theater in Montreal, Canada, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control is quoted as having commented on it.
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
This is happening in Montreal. A couple of weeks ago, in a movie theatre, a
person sat on something sharp in one of the seats. When she stood up to see
what it was, a needle was found poking through the seat with an attached
note saying, “You have been infected with HIV”.
The Centers for Disease Control reports similar events have taken place in
several other cities recently. All of the needles tested HAVE been positive
for HIV. The CDC also reports that needles have been found in the coin
return areas of pay phones and soda machines.
Everyone is asked to use extreme caution when confronted with these types of
situations. All public chairs should be thoroughly but safely inspected
prior to any use. A thorough visual inspection is considered a bare minimum.
Furthermore, they ask that everyone notify their family members and friends
of the potential dangers, as well. Thank you.
The previous information was sent from the Regina City Police Department to
all of the local governments in the Saskatchewan area and was
interdepartmentally dispersed. We were asked to pass this to as many people
This is very important!! Just think you could save somebody’s life, just by
passing this on. Please take a couple of seconds of your time and pass this