A man with the handle @___Justsihle posted a thread on Twitter narrating a shocking and traumatizing incident he had gone through at the hands of his friend. He decided to lend a close friend his laptop for a few hours so that she could do a work project. She had told him that hers had issues. When they met up so he could give her the laptop, he noticed that she was with another one of his friends. She had also decided to ask the other friend for their laptop in case things didn’t work out with Jose.
She then asked to borrow both of their laptops since her project was heavy. They both trusted her and gave her their laptops. Later that day, she added them to a Facebook group and sent a message. In that message, she was apologizing for giving out their laptops.
She stated that someone blinded her and used her to get a hold of their laptops and five others, including hers. They also took her camera, phone, and all the money she had in her bank account. She went on to report the incident to the South African Police Station but was informed that they needed a serial number to open a case. Since her phone was stolen, she asked them to share their contact details with the group. She then apologized, further letting them know that she was aware they had lost a lot of irreplaceable information. When asked what she meant by the message, she said she was hypnotized.
Jose continued the thread by expressing how furious he was that he had lost his laptop carrying every single project he had done. His friend had it worse because he had recently upgraded his laptop, which had cost him a lot. He mentioned at the end of the thread that the main issue was not that he had lost his projects but the fact that he had lost his laptop that he needed to code.
There were a lot of mixed reactions in the comment section. For some people, the story made sense as they had heard of such incidences. Some had even experienced worse.
Other people believed the story was a lie, and the girl had some debts she needed to pay, so she sold them.
A few people, however, couldn’t understand how she could remember all the people she had borrowed the laptops from. She had mentioned that she was blinded but seemed to know exactly what had happened; somehow, that’s not how hypnotism works.
One lady however explained that people are usually hypnotized using a drug called Scopolamine.
Scopolamine is a drug used to prevent nausea and vomiting. It can also be used to prevent motion sickness. However, if used in huge doses it causes people to be in a zombie-like state.
Jose finished the story by mentioning that the worst part of the story is that he just had to accept what happened. Which was true because in such incidences the chances of you getting what was stolen are pretty slim. In most cases where people are drugged, they are usually left helpless with no collection of what happened. For this lady, it was a shock that she could remember everything.
This story raised awareness about Scopolamine, and hopefully, people will be more cautious to prevent more cases of hypnotism. Here is a list of things you can do to prevent this incident from happening to you.
Offer to help the person with what they are using your item for
If someone borrows an item that is valuable for s specific purposes, like a laptop or camera, you can offer to assist with their work. This way, you can be able to ensure the item is safe. Or ask them to work from your house where you can supervise them.
Look out if the person has asked for the item from someone else.
Jose and his friend both trusted the lady with their laptops. Later she realized she had also borrowed from other people. If another person has already given the person an item, you should avoid giving yours.
Have it in writing
Some people under the drug’s influence usually lose their memory after the effect wears off. If you lend someone an item, you should have it in writing with the date and both of your signatures. You should also add the date the person intends on bringing it back.
Check if a person is acting normal.
Scopolamine usually has side effects. You can check if the person you’re lending to is behaving normally. You can also try asking them a few questions; the drug sometimes causes confusion.
Don’t lend things like computers to people you don’t really know well and even if you know them really well be very cautious about lending out your expensive equipment.