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A further update on the road rage story

By johnboy - 25 May 2011 32

Following the wildly popular and terrifyingly viral road rage story (and update) we’ve had this statement from ACT Policing:

A comprehensive search of ACT Policing indices has yielded nil results for the incident as described.

Police would urge the original complainant in this matter to contact ACT Policing Operations on 131-444.”

We’re somewhat concerned this might have been a very sophisticated spoofing effort with comments pre-seeded months in advance and wonder who did it, and in which academic journal it will appear. But at this stage all we can say for sure is we really don’t know what’s going on with this one.

Our sincere apologies to anyone who has been inconvenienced.

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A further update on the road rage story
colourful sydney rac 9:57 am 26 May 11

Hank said :

creative_canberran said :

The story doesn’t add up:

1. At the right turn, the lanes merge soon after. To be tailgated, wife’s vehicle would have had to speed ahead of other vehicle.
2. At turning lane, wife’s vehicle pulled up beside instead of behind, unwise if vehicle was driving dangerously anyway.
3. If wife’s car got far ahead and it took a few kilometers for aggressive vehicle to catch up, extremely high speed must have been involved by wife, again, unwise.
4. If it took a few kilometers for them to catch up, wife should have reached AMC or the Servo already if going south on Monaro Highway.

This was surely a prank. Given the problems with the facts above though, it was not well thought out.

A bit late now to point this out.

Credit to Frots for being on to this first. Can’t believe I was suckered in. Well played OP, well played.

The Frots 9:56 am 26 May 11

Tooks said :

The Frots said :

Well, I think we started to smell something wrong early in the threads when we didn’t get a response to our request for an AFP Job number. If it’s a ‘scam’, then it’s a complex one obviously done for some reason.

Whatever, we do need to know what and why I think.

I suspect the car is real and that the driver of the car pissed off the author of the OP. He thought ‘what better way to elicit sympathy, community support and outrage all in one than to make up a story about four hooligans attacking my wife and baby.’

Notice he asked for any information to be passed onto him and not the police? Hmmm.

Good points – we really do need to understand what happened here!

Tooks 9:53 am 26 May 11

The Frots said :

Well, I think we started to smell something wrong early in the threads when we didn’t get a response to our request for an AFP Job number. If it’s a ‘scam’, then it’s a complex one obviously done for some reason.

Whatever, we do need to know what and why I think.

I suspect the car is real and that the driver of the car pissed off the author of the OP. He thought ‘what better way to elicit sympathy, community support and outrage all in one than to make up a story about four hooligans attacking my wife and baby.’

Notice he asked for any information to be passed onto him and not the police? Hmmm.

Hank 9:25 am 26 May 11

creative_canberran said :

The story doesn’t add up:

1. At the right turn, the lanes merge soon after. To be tailgated, wife’s vehicle would have had to speed ahead of other vehicle.
2. At turning lane, wife’s vehicle pulled up beside instead of behind, unwise if vehicle was driving dangerously anyway.
3. If wife’s car got far ahead and it took a few kilometers for aggressive vehicle to catch up, extremely high speed must have been involved by wife, again, unwise.
4. If it took a few kilometers for them to catch up, wife should have reached AMC or the Servo already if going south on Monaro Highway.

This was surely a prank. Given the problems with the facts above though, it was not well thought out.

A bit late now to point this out.

colourful sydney rac 8:28 am 26 May 11

creative_canberran said :

Given the problems with the facts above though, it was not well thought out.

I disagree. It was very, very well thought out. It had people sucked in, wannabe vigilantes with the car rego written down in their cars, went viral on Facebook. It was very well done.

creative_canberran 12:42 am 26 May 11

The story doesn’t add up:

1. At the right turn, the lanes merge soon after. To be tailgated, wife’s vehicle would have had to speed ahead of other vehicle.
2. At turning lane, wife’s vehicle pulled up beside instead of behind, unwise if vehicle was driving dangerously anyway.
3. If wife’s car got far ahead and it took a few kilometers for aggressive vehicle to catch up, extremely high speed must have been involved by wife, again, unwise.
4. If it took a few kilometers for them to catch up, wife should have reached AMC or the Servo already if going south on Monaro Highway.

This was surely a prank. Given the problems with the facts above though, it was not well thought out.

LSWCHP 10:53 pm 25 May 11

WoodenAgent said :

probably distributed by the gun lobby. ie if we all had guns, we could defend ourselves against …. oh, that’s right, they were figments of my imagination… ghosts, vampires, bogans.

WTF is this about? Seriously, I don’t understand how we got from the OP to this raving out of the blue about “the gun lobby”. What are you on about?

screaming banshee 9:59 pm 25 May 11

WoodenAgent said :

probably distributed by the gun lobby. ie if we all had guns, we could defend ourselves against …. oh, that’s right, they were figments of my imagination… ghosts, vampires, bogans.

No, its a metaphoric story by the clubs associations, with the female driver the clubs, the 4 month old their patrons and the silver SS, the govt coming along with their un-australian ‘licence to punt’ and smashing in all the windows.

Gerry-Built 9:25 pm 25 May 11

arck… I feel so dirty… :/

WoodenAgent 8:24 pm 25 May 11

probably distributed by the gun lobby. ie if we all had guns, we could defend ourselves against …. oh, that’s right, they were figments of my imagination… ghosts, vampires, bogans.

The Frots 6:00 pm 25 May 11

Well, I think we started to smell something wrong early in the threads when we didn’t get a response to our request for an AFP Job number. If it’s a ‘scam’, then it’s a complex one obviously done for some reason.

Whatever, we do need to know what and why I think.

Erg0 4:27 pm 25 May 11

It sounds like a slightly more elaborate version of the various alarmist “crime alert” hoax emails that have been around forever – women being abducted in shopping centre carparks, innocent motorists being killed after flashing their lights at gang members, etc. Interesting to see how it works in this setting – I’m sure there were plenty of people who had their doubts about the story, but were reluctant to call bullshit because of the traumatic events described therein. Whether it was opportunistic use of earlier comments by unrelated posters or a grand scheme stretching across months – well, the IP addresses may or may not answer that.

p1 4:19 pm 25 May 11

Since this is looking more and more like a very sophisticated spoofing effort with comments pre-seeded months in advance, and thus short of hard facts, I wonder if RA could have a go at bringing to light what facts are available?

For example one poster professed to be in the family who own the rego number in the original story. Perhaps they could prove this fact to JB with some evidence, which would go a long way to confirming that they are in fact not psycho road ragers but the victims of a set-up?

On that subject, if the originally quoted rego number identifies a genuine vehicle, it seems more likely to me that the set-up was intended to cause problems for someone, rather then an academic exercise in trolling.

The Traineediplomat 4:15 pm 25 May 11

Oh and just after I went around Southern Canberra smashing headlights of all silver commodores and a couple of silver VWs (my bad)….actually come to think of it, a few might have had NSW plates, one was a Ute and another was one of those motorized scooters for the elderly (but the rider did look young and bogan like in my defence).

Holden Caulfield 3:34 pm 25 May 11

But I read it on the internet; it must be true!

I must admit, while the incident as described was somewhat alarming, it was equally alarming at how many people were so quick to accept the account as gospel.

Who knows, it may well be legit, but there’s always two sides to a story, so perhaps it’s worth taking the time to consider the alternative before joining the mob, hey!

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