My mother-in-law, whom I generally regard as rather paranoid and suspicious, went off on a tirade against the American Red Cross last weekend when they were here visiting us. She's had a chip on her shoulder about the ARC for years, ever since her father was serving overseas in WWII and the ARC supposedly failed to get a crucial message through to him (his mother had died, and he didn't find out till he got home).
That bit certainly may be true, and we'll never know the whole story of how the message went astray, but my mother-in-law goes a couple of steps further. She mutters darkly of rumors that the ARC was only claiming to give away coffee-n-donuts to the servicemen and in reality was charging for the refreshments. She also likes to imply that the Red Cross 'girls', as she called them, were really only there to seduce the servicemen. There was more, but I had to change the subject before a major argument erupted.
Of course, this woman also won't have a microwave oven in her house because 'everyone knows' they cause cancer, and thinks that eating mushrooms causes yeast infections because, hey, it's all fungus, right? I don't for a minute believe her accusations against the Red Cross, but I'd sure like some material to use in defense of this fine institution. Anybody else heard of these rumors?