Kidney Thieves (Las Vegas)
SUMMARY: Kidney thieves strike in Las Vegas. Another email variant of the well-traveled urban legend...
Description: Urban Legend
Circulating since: 1997 (this version)
Email example contributed by B. Romanowski, 1997:
Subject: Crime against travelers
This is a warning to be passed along to all travelers.
This crime appears to be occurring in large cities and apparently is well known to the police community. Here's what's happened so far in Las Vegas and in New Orleans.
Business traveler goes to a bar after a long day at work, and while sitting there, meets a fairly attractive young woman and they hit it off.
Next thing he knows, he wakes up in a strange hotel room, he's sitting in a tub full of ice. Written in lipstick on the mirror is a note: "call 911, or you will die".
He calls 911 on the phone he sees sitting on a small table, next to the tub. He tells the 911 operator his story; she already knows where he's going with this and in fact has already called for paramedics to race to his hotel room.
She tells him to very carefully reach around and feel if there is a small tube protruding from his lower back. He does and tells her he can feel the small tube.
The operator tells him to remain calm, stay in the tub and not to move, the paramedics are on their way. Apparently this is another crime of organ harvesting....this time, havesting of the kidneys. Because of the demand for organ transplants and the shortage of organs, there's now a flourishing black market in organ harvesting.
Apparently, this traveler is now on life support awaiting his own kidney transplant. Lucky for him though, the black market is thriving. He probably won't have to wait too long for another traveler to meet a nice looking young woman in a bar so he can have his kidneys.
This story was told again, in a similar fashion, but instead of a tube protruding from the lower back, the 911 operator asks the 'victim' to get out of the tub, look himself over and tell her if there's anything differnt about his body. Everything checks out okay in the front, but he notices two 9" slits at the lower back!
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