The good news is that the women of Rock Springs are not getting thrown into dumpsters.
The bad news is that the urban myth was so persistent that Rock Springs law enforcement authorities had to issue a statement to say it was untrue.
On Sunday, authorities with the department said there was no truth to town gossip that women were getting sexually assaulted and then placed in dumpsters.
“We want to reassure the public that there have been no incidents of this nature reported to the Rock Springs Police Department at this time,” the police department said.
Authorities did say that residents should be cautious and report any suspicious activity to the police. They further asked that citizens be more selective in what they share on their social channels.
“Please let our officers investigate rather than sharing rumors on social media,” the department said.
Many commenters on the Rock Springs Police Department’s Facebook page were relieved to hear that women were not getting throw into dumpsters.
“I had somebody come in and make it sound like I was the next victim,” Rock Springs resident Lexa Garcia said. “Share at work so nobody else is panicked,” she told a friend.
Still others weren’t so sure.
“Hard for PD to assure this [when] they [are] busy sitting in parking lots and not patrolling streets,” Allen Kelly said.
“LOL, look, someone that has no clue,” Dale Daugherty curtly replied.