Arabs in Costco

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This is an interesting chain e-mail and urban legend, as it is building on the 'Halloween Mall Warning' that has been circulating for a number of weeks in October 2001. It is understandable that people want to be careful, especially where children are concerned.


Yesterday, 2 arabics people went into the costco in Wayne, NJ and bought five thousand $ worth of candy. So costco called the cops and told them. The FBI cought one of the arabics and the other one got away with the candy. The arabic that got cought was illegaly in the country and the FBI thingks the candy is away to spread the Anthrax virus. send this to 15 people to help protect the country and our kids who will be trick or treating on October 31

Here is a statement from the FBI on this:

A man who used cash to buy large amounts of candy from Costco stores in Hackensack and Wayne last week is not suspected of any terrorist activity, the FBI said.

"We do not have any evidence that suggests that the purchases of these items was not for legitimate purposes," said Sandra Carroll, an FBI spokesperson in Newark.

The candy, meanwhile, has been found, Carroll said.

Hackensack Police Chief Ken Zisa said since the purchase was legitimate, the man was allowed to keep the candy. It wasn't known if he had sold it to retailers.

I ask myself, why weren't any non-arab looking people not reported for buying large quantities of candy from Costco? 

Ask yourself this: If you were a  [arab-looking] terrorist, working in a foreign country and planning a major attack [even on children], would you go to a major store like Costco and buy the candy yourself?

Of course not! Especially when everyone in the US is currently extremely suspicious of any foreign-looking person. Now that would be stupid!

If you receive a message about this then please ignore it and don't pass it on as this only serves to propagate this

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