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Some urban legends such as the story of man caught speeding by ahigh-tech surveillance system are meant to amuse The man was mailed aphoto of his cars liceance plate a radar reading of his speed and aticket for 120 He mailed back a photo of a check The police officerresponded with a photo of a pair of handcuffs The motorist quicklyrelented and sent a check Urban legends are meant to sound a warningUrban legends that tell of escaped murderers haunting lovers lanes ofbabies left alone for just a moment with tragic consequences or ofpredators stalking women down lonely roads fit this category I myselfcannot imagine a parent being careless with his or her child There isso much that can happen to a defenseless baby in seconds These legendsremind us as we go about our lives to be careful A final type ofurban legend the David and Goliath story shows how an average personcan fight big business or government and win One example is the storyof a woman who asked a waitress in a department stores tea-room for thestores chocolate chip cookie recipe She was told she would be chargedtwo-fifty and she agreed to what she thought was a 250 charge onher credit card Later she received a charge card bill for 250 Thislegend which still haunts the internet reminds its readers that evenordinary people have some measure of power Urban legends althoughmostly untrue serve a purpose as they tell of funny incidents tragedyor an ordinary persons revenge
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