If you’ve followed 2BD for any amount of time, you’ve probably seen Jack and I banter back and forth over the last few years. It’s no secret we don’t always agree on things –and really for no other reason besides both of us just want to be right all the time.
FYI, It’s usually me who ends up being right, and this just so happens to be the case this time as it’s sort of officially been reported that the scary, ominous child abduction reports that have been flooding the Facebook feeds of Capital Region folks are false accusations.
A little bit more info from the Post Star:
Sheriff Michael Zurlo said the women reported to police that they were in the store when another shopper tried to take a shopping cart in which a child who was with them was sitting.
“They alleged someone tried to grab a kid who was with them in a shopping cart,” the sheriff said.
When they returned home after shopping, one of the women posted on social media about the allegations, and the outcry resulted in police being called about an hour after the supposed abduction. The women gave police written statements about what they claim occurred.
Zurlo said officers reviewed surveillance videos and interviewed people in the store, and determined there was no attempted abduction. The women did not accuse someone they knew.
I was not super thrilled that Jack decided to write a post about this on the exact same day our bit aired on WNYT, because, well, child abductions aren’t really the type of thing we talk about over here on 2BD. And any time we get some press, our site views skyrocket for a few days and new people become familiar with our content. In my opinion, a story about child abduction did not belong on our front page the day people saw our fun, lighthearted video with the man himself John Craig from Channel 13.
But, Jack believed it was something worth talking about and had seen enough Facebook posts on his own to think it could possibly be true. Can’t fault him for that, I guess –because what if it was true? People would want/need to know.
It sucks that we live in a world where people want to make false accusations like this just so they can get their 15 minutes of Facebook fame with shares and likes. It also sucks that we live in a world where sex trafficking rings are real and no middle-class suburban town is safe from danger.
I get it, this stuff is sketchy and if ya see something, say something. But for me. I’ve read enough of these head-scratching Facebook posts before with weird details, improper grammar and no legitimate follow-ups from the police or media to verify any of it.
Did people check out Jack’s article and have something to say about it? For sure. It served its purpose to just put the posts out there and let people form opinions –he wasn’t trying to scare anyone or create some click bait. But when I saw the article this morning saying people are now getting in trouble for making false claims, I was not surprised in the slightest. Not everything you see on the internet is real, people. Please be aware.
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