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Podolin (talk|edits) said:

5 December 2012
I post this so as to receive some thoughtful input, but I understand that a few humorous comments may be forthcoming. I will make my own decision, but I will take into account any and all. Yesterday, a person unknown dropped into my rural-style mailbox a ragged-edged strip of dark green paper with the following magic-markered on it: "You are on the right track". That's all it says. I am no student of proverbs, so Fr. Mackelhenry or D&T or Spell or anyone, what does it mean, who is being quoted and, most of all, should I worry enough to tell the cops? Is it at all meaningful?

Spell Czech (talk|edits) said:

5 December 2012
Magic Marker, ok, but what font was it in, like, was it printed, hastily or carefully, or in script, or partial print/script? Capitalization?

What shade of dark green paper? How ragged? Capitalization?

Do you have any indication other than that you found it and where you found it that it is intended for you?

Dsuh (talk|edits) said:

5 December 2012
Perhaps a teenager with too much time on his or her hands dropped that note into your mailbox.

PollyAdler (talk|edits) said:

5 December 2012
First translate into German to check neo-Nazi associations.

[Edit] Run: Du bist auf dem richtigen Weg.

I got a reference to Psalm 90 v5, which does not seem to pan out.

Then I found this, Psalm 23: http://www.kinderkirche.de/themen/gebet/psalm23-01.htm

Read carefully.

It could be a line from the German version of this Psalm. "Du kennst den richtigen Weg."

Could be a reference to Psalm 23 somehow, I guess.

OR your postman could be trying to learn English and he was using the ragged piece of paper as a bookmark in a Dick and Jane book. His teacher wrote on the bookmark: You are on the right track. The postman just stuffed it in your mailbox because he had moved on to a new bookmark.


Southern Poverty Law center keeps a lot of files on bad groups around the country. You can check to see if they have any groups associated with this phrase. Who knows, sometimes a banana is just a banana, and sometimes it means more. I don't know if they answer inquiries like this over the phone or not. Also, I don't see any harm in calling the police.Around here our police say: We are here to serve (personally I can never seem to find them).

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

6 December 2012
"You will note, Watson, that the block letters are cut from the Times."

"Holmes, what's a newpaper?"

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." Will Rogers

Ukbones (talk|edits) said:

6 December 2012
When held up to the light is there a watermark of two young plump breasts that seem to not match the retirement-aged face looking back at you? If yes, thank your lucky stars and wait for the second clue. Otherwise it is most likely a bomb.

PollyAdler (talk|edits) said:

6 December 2012
I would say see if any of your neighbors got the same message, on the other hand, your neighbor could be the evildoer.

You are definitely looking for someone born before 1980. The young people would have texted you instead of writing you, and I'm not sure many of them know what a mailbox is. Oh and I forgot, if you live out in the country, consider getting some geese or some guinea hens. The geese could be a hazard to young children though, so this may not work if you have grandchildren.

You'll have to replace your guinea hens every year. They generally fly off somewhere, I guess back to Africa.

Podolin (talk|edits) said:

6 December 2012
'Magic Marker, ok, but what font was it in, like, was it printed, hastily or carefully, or in script, or partial print/script? Capitalization? Neatly written, carefully, script, good handwriting, last word underscored and exclamation point. Dark green shade as in Christmas wrap, but weight of paper more like what we used to call construction paper. Ragged like when I try to quickly tear out a $5.00 coupon.

Postman (actually, woman) is the best idea yet, except that it arrived an hour before the day's mail. 23rd Psalm ain't bad, either.

Southern Poverty Law Center scares me.

A fact intentionally omitted: Also in the mailbox, a pencilled note from a person signed "Nicholas" (no, not Saint), saying he had lost his cell phone on a nearby street, a Samsung, and if I find it, I'm to call a number he gives on the note. The street where he lost it is about 1-1/2 blocks from where I live. I reverse-number checked, and the phone number to call is a family nearby, whom I do not know. Seems legitimate, though not a very productive way to find the phone. The printing (not script) looked juvenile. The note paper was 5x7 of the type given away as an ad or promotion, with the name of a (I believe defunct) brokerage firm printed at the bottom.

Not only do I not know for sure the green strip was intended for me; I also do not know whether the same person who lost the phone also left the green strip. You forensic types out there should be able to help.

Now what?

Podolin (talk|edits) said:

6 December 2012
I saw a neighbor walking a dog. She got the cell phone note and another, but I did not ask her what the other said. Another neighbor got neither, but then, her mailbox is not easily seen from the street.

Podolin (talk|edits) said:

6 December 2012
Could it have been Ckenefick wanting me to do more and deeper research?

PollyAdler (talk|edits) said:

6 December 2012
Here are some guinea fowl: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXxtG9doG6c

I'd call the police. Could be nothing but you never know. You have it on record here, but you might want to get it on record down at the police station. On the other hand, the police are not the imaginative types...which is probably a good thing, maybe.

Not only do I not know for sure the green strip was intended for me; I also do not know whether the same person who lost the phone also left the green strip. You forensic types out there should be able to help.

Could be two boys involved. A boy steals Nicholas's phone, and engages him in a "treasure hunt" to torment him until he finally finds his phone. Childhood hijinks. This mystery boy places the green note in your box to tell Nicholas he's on the right track. We'd have to find all the clues to find out how you fit into the scheme. Your box could have been intended as a red herring to further draw out the affair, and cause more torment to young Nicholas.

CrowJD (talk|edits) said:

6 December 2012
Just in case you decide to call the boy's family or Nicholas himself, here is a listing of payphones around the world. If you don't have a forest green car, try to borrow one, drive to the payphone and make your call. This will prevent the family from being able to capture your home number.

http://www.2600.com/phones/

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

6 December 2012
I suggest you employ someone else to open your mailbox every day in case the next step in this terror campaign is a letter bomb.

Here is Pennsylvania's Terrorism Hotline: 1-888-292-1919

MWPXYZ (talk|edits) said:

6 December 2012
Guinea hens do not fly off every year, but I do have one I would be willing to ship to anyone. We got some guinea hens to battle ticks; but they turned out to be vegetarians. One was stupid enough to repeatedly fly into a horse, and was eventually trampled.

Sound like the message in the mailbox was left over from a scavenger hunt, and someone never did get on the right track. Any tracked vehicles "live" near by? Driving paths?

Taocpa (talk|edits) said:

2012-12-06
I would just ignore it and throw it away. Just someone looking for attention or possibly an ID thief.

I got a strange note on my door once stating, "If your dog attacks my dog through the fence again, I will sue you." I wrote a response of my own and taped it to my door telling them to (nicely) drop dead. I am sure they ignored it as I eventually did them. Of course, my wife went nuts thinking we were losing everything and I told her this was just another crackpot.

That's what you have - another crackpot.

Tom

Tonymontana (talk|edits) said:

6 December 2012
Sounds like advertising for Fidelity. You know, like the commercial where you follow the Green line to keep you on track.

Consider getting a gun and put up surveillance cameras. Maybe you should put a response to the note in your mailbox to see what happens.

Podolin (talk|edits) said:

8 December 2012
Update. Not much, but mail lady says she saw many notes about lost cell phone in nearby mailboxes, but none like the green "proverb". My conclusion - fuggedaboutit.

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