Even though they might not be worth as much as they used to be, coins are still considered a fortuitous commodity. After all, we’ve all heard of a lucky dime or pennies from heaven.
So, when you find a nickel or a penny jammed in your passenger side door after a day of shopping, you may think you’ve stumbled upon something felicitous. However, you would be dead wrong, and some claim that it could lead to a dangerous confrontation with some of society’s most vile thugs.
How so? Well, according to Sun Gazing, it’s the latest trend among thieves across the fruited plain.
What they’ll do is slip a coin under your car’s door handle, like so:
By doing this, a thief may be able to gain access to everything inside your car, or maybe even take the car itself if they’re clever enough.
“By slipping a coin under my door?” you may be saying. “Surely you have to be joking.” Well… sort of. According to Snopes.com, it’s very unlikely to actually work on most cars.
The theory is that, on certain car models, it will sense that the passenger side door is being opened because the handle is ever so slightly up. Therefore, when you try to lock it back up with your car remote, the car won’t lock.
The thief will follow you back, hoping that you didn’t notice the car didn’t lock. Then, what they’ll do is sneak into your car and take your valuables — or the entire car, should they be familiar with modern hotwiring techniques.
In reality, however, very few people have anything to be concerned about. Mechanics say this won’t work on most car models.
And, of course, if you’ve noticed the coin, obviously you can remove it and ensure the trick doesn’t work. However, the thief might not notice the coin has been removed — and the ensuing confrontation might not be how you would have hoped to have been spending your day.
So if on the remote chance that you do find a coin in your door, we would advise you to be aware of your surroundings, especially if anyone is following you. If in doubt, contact store security and take a picture of the car door. And of course, if you feel you’re being followed, contact police immediately.
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