Posted: 20 Aug 2004
Subject: Please Do Not Delete Without Reading
Date: Sat, 14 Aug 2004 22:39:45 +0200
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Include this full email (particularly the headers).
Message sent to you follows:
A couple of days ago, my daughter, she's 6years old, her name is Fatima.
Well, she was playing on the street, in front of our house, and then out
of no where, this car came out and crashed into her! I was so frightened
and angered at the driver, but it ended out to be, that the drivers
brakes had been shot, and he wasn't able to stop.
Luckily, my daughter, was able to avoid death, but she is in very
Right now, as I speak, she's in the hospital, but the thing is, she has
a serious injury. It's internal bleeding, and it's bad to say,but we
don't have any health insurance, and we don't have enough money to pay
for the operation. So I made a deal with a company, BCC inc and they
told me, for every person that will foward this email, they will donate
3 cents to the operation
THIS IS NO JOKE. We attached encoding, that tracks how many times this
message is fowarded. SO PLEASE, FOWARD THIS LETTER TO EVERY PERSON ON
YOUR LIST. IT WILL BE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
Harlina shahrazad Hamzah (Ms)
Philips Medical Systems - Malaysia
No 76 Jalan Universiti
46200 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsa
Tel. : 603-750.5561
Fax : 603-755.2661
E-mail address : email@example.com
Please forward this message to everyone you know. Thanks. No matter this
message is true or false, I rather believe it to be true as if you don't
believe it, YOU MAY DESTROY A LIFE OF A LITTLE GIRL.......
Now, I'd thought about just posting this itself, but I need to voice some things here.
What the fuck is wrong with people? First off, I received this on the MySQL General list. It's a tech list for discussion of tips, tricks, and probems with the MySQL database engine. It consists, at least I thought, of tech professionals and people who've been around this great, big Intarweb for a while. Apparently not.
My favorite part of this forward? Not that this could have been started two years ago, with the little girl in question in a perpetual state of bleeding internally but hanging on for this to work. Not the fact that email tracking is a patent lie and has been since 1996 when Microsoft would send you a dollar for every person to whom you forwarded this message, though that's a classic. Not, even, that it has enough commas to choke a fat chick. It's the last line. You know, the "YOU MAY DESTROY THE LIFE OF A LITTLE GIRL" part, followed by a full 2 1/3 ellipses. Never before has email so openly forced me to examine my life, my motives, my actions, and the consequences of those actions. Wow. Just...wow.
Heed my words. Ripples in the pond, grasshopper. With great power (read: your email client) comes great responsibility.