Ay yi yi. I'm sure you mean well by passing this along, but this BS story has been going around the web since 2000.
Please, the people in Gerry Hyland's office in Alexandria and the Sheriff's Department in Jacksonville, Florida have better things to do than respond to urban legends/internet hoaxes. Maybe there would have been more people at the Jacksonville Q+PR gig if the cops hadn't been fielding bogus phone calls about AIDS-infected needles on gas pumps.
Up next, the Neiman Marcus $200 cookie recipe . . . ;)
Copied and pasted from snopes.com:
>>Gas Trick Upset
Claim: Service station customers are getting stuck by HIV-loaded syringes affixed to gas pump handles.
Examples: [Collected via e-mail, 2000]
My name is Captain Abraham Sands of the Jacksonville, Florida Police Department. I have been asked by state and local authorities to write this email in order to get the word out to car drivers of a very dangerous prank that is occurring in numerous states.
Some person or persons have been affixing hypodermic needles to the underside of gas pump handles. These needles appear to be infected with HIV positive blood. In the Jacksonville area alone there have been 17 cases of people being stuck by these needles over the past five months. We have verified reports of at least 12 others in various states around the country.
It is believed that these may be copycat incidents due to someone reading about the crimes or seeing them reported on the television. At this point no one has been arrested and catching the perpetrator(s) has become our top priority.
Shockingly, of the 17 people who where stuck, eight have tested HIV positive and because of the nature of the disease, the others could test positive in a couple years.
Evidently the consumers go to fill their car with gas, and when picking up the pump handle get stuck with the infected needle. IT IS IMPERATIVE TO CAREFULLY CHECK THE HANDLE of the gas pump each time you use one. LOOK AT EVERY SURFACE YOUR HAND MAY TOUCH, INCLUDING UNDER THE HANDLE.
If you do find a needle affixed to one, immediately contact your local police department so they can collect the evidence.
PLEASE HELP US BY MAINTAINING A VIGILANCE AND BY FORWARDING THIS EMAIL TO ANYONE YOU KNOW WHO DRIVES. THE MORE PEOPLE WHO KNOW OF THIS THE BETTER PROTECTED WE CAN ALL BE.
Origins: This hoax urging caution when pumping gas appeared on the Internet in early June 2000. In common with other AIDS-infected needle scares (syringe attacks in movies houses and dance clubs and contaminated needles in payphone coin returns), it plays upon our fear of contracting this dread disease through the pursuit of ordinary and harmless activities.
There is no Abraham Sands with the Jacksonville Police Department — someone just made up a name to make this "warning" look authoritative. No newspaper stories from that city make mention of Sands, which is unusual (to say the least) about a department's spokesperson; Jacksonville is served by a sheriff's office, not a police department; a phone call to the Jacksonville Sheriff produces the response that they've never heard of Abraham Sands; and he's not listed with the rest of the personnel on the City of Jacksonville Sheriff's Office web site. No news stories out of Florida confirm the e-mail's claim that 17 people have so far been injured by these attacks, the City of Jacksonsville Sheriff's Office says the whole thing is a hoax, and the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta maintain they are not aware of any cases where HIV has been transmitted by a needle-stick injury outside of a health care
In June 2001, hoaxsters altered the text of the leg-pull to place Captain Abraham Sands with the police department in Buffalo, New York. He's fictitious there too.
In September 2003, hoaxsters placed Captain Abraham Sands with Ontar
I saved Spike's life in 'Nam.