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Old 09 December 2010, 03:55 PM
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"Today,everyone has a mobile phone. If you are like most, you LOVE TO TEXT! I will admit that I had not really enjoyed texting until this past year but found out convenient it is!


My teenager daughter texts all the time, to my frustration!

Recently her phone stopped working and we had to get her a new phone. Unfortunately...the phone that we got her, an IPhone did not transfer the contacts saved on her SIM card. She took the phone to school and at lunch ask all of her friends to re-enter their information into her phone. (NOTE: She is a senior and he has gone to the same school for 13 years with the pretty much the same kids since kindergarten). So one by one they entered their information. Horray...now she was back up and running without much interruption.


A couple of days later, she was...as usual texting all morning...even caught her texting during church (I knew I should have taken that darn phone)! After church she continued texting all afternoon. Early evening she planned on going to the Rodeo with friends....they had made plans via text. One friend said that he was at a friends house and really wanted to go but had no ride. He offered to give her gas money if she would pick him up.



This also happens all the time within this friend group. She agreed, even though she knew that he lived about 25 minutes away in a neighborhood that alot of her classmates live. He told her his friends address and we mapquested it. She told me she was headed to pick him up and I questioned why she had agreed to go so far. Unfortunately, he did not tell her he was a bit further away and infact the address was over 35 minutes from our house.



With Directions in hand, she headed out telling us she would pick him up and head to the rodeo and be home around 11p.m. About an hour and half passed and she appeared at home hysterically crying....


WHATE HAPPENED NEXT TERRIFIED ME!!!! She went to the address he had supplied, when she pulled into the neighborhood, she realized it was a neighborhood under construction and several homes were vacant, including the one that she pulled up to. She stated it looked finished but she knew it was vacant because there were no window treatments (Must be the daughter of a realtor) and she could see there was no furniture in the home.

Once in the driveway she received a text from her friend and he said, "I gave you the wrong house, I am down the street at the last house on the right". She followed his directions and went to the house as directed. When she pulled into the driveway, she received a text "I'm out back...come back here".

Well, this is where my daughter had a Bit of Stupid.....she got out of the car and headed to the back of this vacant, secluded home....BUT!!!! She got irritated and decided she was not going back there afterall and got back in her car and texted him...."I'm here....quit playing around and get out here or I am leaving you!" He again requested she come to the back of the secluded house. She refused and told him again she would leave if he did not come out.
Irritated she left and headed home!


She was so mad when she left that she texted her friends to tell what he had done. To her surprise, he was with them....YES! He said that he had been with them all day and that HE HAD NOT BEEN TEXTING HER. They argued and finally they realized.....he had put in the wrong number in her phone. When he typed it in he was off by one digit.



SHE HAD BEEN TALKING TO A STRANGER ALL DAY! THE STRANGER HAD ASK HER VERY VAGUE QUESTIONS AND WHEN WE WENT BACK TO HER TEXT HISTORY...HE HAD FOUND OUT QUITE A BIT ABOUT HER INCLUDING HER ADDRESS....HE WAS SMOOTHE...HE HAD GOTTEN HER ALMOST TO THE BACK OF THE VACANT HOME!


We called the Police and they gave me this valuable advise: NEVER AGREE TO MEET ANYONE VIA A TEXT MESSAGE UNTIL YOU CONFIRM THAT THE PERSON YOU ARE TEXTING IS ACTUALLY THE PERSON YOU PLAN TO MEET. ANYONE CAN GET AHOLD OF SOMEONE ELSES PHONE...FOR EXAMPLE...SOMEONE GETS MY HUSBANDS PHONE AND TEXTS ME....I THINK I AM TALKING TO HIM WHEN INFACT IT IS NOT HIM. Folks, this is dangerous stuff.. The person who lured my daughter did not know her, was obviously watching her as he knew exactly when she pulled up at each home. I shutter to think what may have happened. I am so thankful that she told me later, she had a bad feeling about going to the back of the house and that is why she got back in her car.
OUR NEW RULE: VOICE CONFIRMATION THAT YOU ARE TALKING TO WHO YOU ARE TEXTING!"
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Old 09 December 2010, 04:46 PM
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This also happens all the time within this friend group. She agreed, even though she knew that he lived about 25 minutes away in a neighborhood that alot of her classmates live. He told her his friends address and we mapquested it. She told me she was headed to pick him up and I questioned why she had agreed to go so far. Unfortunately, he did not tell her he was a bit further away and infact the address was over 35 minutes from our house.
25-35 minutes is far? I drive 70 minutes each way to get to work, and it's a good half hour to get to my best friend's house in Wilmington. It's about 20-25 minutes to get to the Wal Mart, the Best Buy, or the shopping mall. And I live in the mid-Atlantic, where things are more clustered together. I imagine it's a lot worse out in the Midwest and Southwest where the states are bigger and there are miles and miles of farmland.
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Old 09 December 2010, 04:50 PM
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I Have an Iphone and it was quite easy to transfer my contacts from my SIM!! Seems like a scaremongering story to me.
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Old 09 December 2010, 06:16 PM
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Naturally, any random person that receives a text from someone they don't know is going to go "Hey, great, a vulnerable teen I can exploit and do nasty things to. I'll set her up!" Seriously, what were the odds the one digit off number would lead straight to a (presumably) pedophile? And "a couple of days later" and during that time she had not ONCE texted or called this particular friend? Likely?
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Old 09 December 2010, 06:23 PM
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25-35 minutes is far? I drive 70 minutes each way to get to work, and it's a good half hour to get to my best friend's house in Wilmington. It's about 20-25 minutes to get to the Wal Mart, the Best Buy, or the shopping mall. And I live in the mid-Atlantic, where things are more clustered together. I imagine it's a lot worse out in the Midwest and Southwest where the states are bigger and there are miles and miles of farmland.
Depends. I drive a half hour to work, but I consider that far. There are 3 Walmarts within 10 minutes, shopping mall within 10, probably a hundred restaurants... so just a matter of perspective.

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Naturally, any random person that receives a text from someone they don't know is going to go "Hey, great, a vulnerable teen I can exploit and do nasty things to. I'll set her up!" Seriously, what were the odds the one digit off number would lead straight to a (presumably) pedophile?
Yeah, that's what I was thinking as well. Plus how did this guy happen to know she was a teenage girl, or even female at all?
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Old 09 December 2010, 06:27 PM
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No, they don't.

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Old 09 December 2010, 06:31 PM
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25-35 minutes is far? I drive 70 minutes each way to get to work, and it's a good half hour to get to my best friend's house in Wilmington. It's about 20-25 minutes to get to the Wal Mart, the Best Buy, or the shopping mall. And I live in the mid-Atlantic, where things are more clustered together. I imagine it's a lot worse out in the Midwest and Southwest where the states are bigger and there are miles and miles of farmland.
Yes, defintely, depends on where you live I guess

Also, I would assume that what is "far" for a teenager may not be far for an adult's commute. I don;t have a teenage child, but if I had one, I would consider anything outside of the town I live in and surrounding towns as "far", even though I regularly commute couple of towns over for work.

Again, YMMV, but if most of the kid's friends are in the same school, and the town has a mall, restaurants and like nearby, then the kid wouldn't need to regularly travel outside of that area. So, anything outside that area would be considered "far".
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Old 09 December 2010, 08:43 PM
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I have a true story on the dangers of texting. It happened a couple of months ago and it's still affecting me now.

Walking home late at night in the rain I was texting a friend. It's an Android phone so requires both hands, and eyes on the screen.
As I passed under the canopy of a flower shop, I failed to notice that they'd left an 18in flower box on the pavement in front of the shop. My instincts protected my phone and I ended up landing elbows first on the other side of it, then rolling on to my back.
Phone totally undamaged, but the same couldn't be said about me. Bruised shins, bruised elbows and somehow a bruised bicep too. To this day I can't lean on my right elbow without pain.
So, whilst the story in the OP probably isn't true, you really should take care when texting (whilst walking, and a little drunk).
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Old 09 December 2010, 08:50 PM
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Walking home late at night in the rain I was texting a friend.
You are one of those people eh?

A lot of people who work in my office building like to check their emails/text as they are riding the elevator. About once a month, I encounter someone who either forgets to press the button that takes them to a floor, or misses their floor entirely. I had one person give me dirty looks because I waited for them to get off, and when they didn't, I got on, pressed the button, which caused the doors to close and take the elevator where they didn't want to go

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Old 09 December 2010, 09:11 PM
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Not guilty Nothing annoys me more than people walking slowly and/or randomly and/or stopping in the middle of the pavement. I'm careful not to affect others with my texting (though obviously not that careful about not affecting myself).
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Old 09 December 2010, 09:13 PM
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It's possible that this story has some truth to it but has been blown out of proportion, but it would seem like common sense to realize that simply receiving a text doesn't guarantee that the sender is who you believe it to be. A young co-worker who texts constantly had a less dangerous but similar experience a few weeks back when she found out that the texts she thought she'd been receiving from a woman we both know were in fact from the woman's son using his mother's phone and pretending to be his mom. He thought it was quite hilarious that they had been texting "girl talk" back and forth for awhile and my co-worker was horrified that she had been duped like this. I told her then that this was a good reason to not rely on texting so much, as this obviously proves that you have no idea who texts are actually from.
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Old 09 December 2010, 09:21 PM
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I shutter to think what may have happened.
Thinking about it makes me venetian blind with rage.
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Old 10 December 2010, 01:34 AM
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and then they gave the police the phone number, who then checked the Cell Registry, and arrested the guy, who was really stupid in forgetting that she HAD HIS PHONE NUMBER.
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Old 10 December 2010, 01:40 AM
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She agreed, even though she knew that he lived about 25 minutes away in a neighborhood that alot of her classmates live.
I'm guessing she attends a private/charter/magnet school, since the attendance apparently isn't geographically defined. Or maybe they have open enrollment.

Re: texting while walking, when I was in college, I got in the habit of reading my mom's letters while walking around campus. I never hurt myself, and I stayed out of other walkers' way, but I was broken of the habit one day when mom's letter included some particularly startling and rather disturbing news about a cousin -- news that I would much rather not have read/reacted to in the middle of the campus green.
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Old 10 December 2010, 02:31 AM
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Old 10 December 2010, 02:36 AM
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25-35 minutes is far?
Depends on how many stop lights you encounter, or the amount of gridlock. Could be 5 miles away in a crowded city, or 20 miles away via the highway.
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