wild tale going around town yesterday!!

@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
United States
March 20, 2009 5:54am CST
my neighbor called me when she got home from work & told me the rumor [we hoped it was] going around was that they were having a gang initiation last night at the local wal-mart & they were suppose to kill 3 people. i didn't really think it was anything but a rumor but u can't help but worry about it. i called my son to tell him. i knew he'd think i'd lost it but his wife had gotten a text from someone about it so he couldn't hoot at his mom. i didn't hear anymore about it, thank heavens but wouldn't it worry u? i wondered if wal-mart heard about it & were concerned. we live in a small town w/very little crime going on but u never know nowadays, do you?
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@aisaellis22 (6449)
• United States
20 Mar 09
Hello ANTIQUELADY! That sounds scary too. I never heard anything about it because I am from the Philippines but receiving that kind of message is really scary. It's like saying, hey watch out! We will put a bomb on that place.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
21 Mar 09
u are so right. too many bad things happen. thanks for your response.
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@syankee525 (6294)
• United States
20 Mar 09
are you in maryland too ? yeah it was going around where i live at. first it was they were going to kill three people then stab, then kidnap a female, then one of our friends called said someone got shot at walmart where my daughter work at, and then my daughter came down and said no it wasnt true she talked to a friend from work. it was crazy people was tripping out over this rumor. i think it's kind of funny how people react to this
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
20 Mar 09
no, i'm in tennessee. that tale traveled pretty far. i'm glad it didn't happen there & glad your daughyer was alright.
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• United States
20 Mar 09
dang well i got a text from someone stating the gangs are doing thier thing and was looking to kidnap a female from target or walmart in our county. then i got a call from a friend saying our county was in code nine because of this but which was shooting. but yeah it got around, heard it was like a few different states, it's wild how a rumor got started and spread like wild fires all over the usa.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
20 Mar 09
Check this with snopes. This is an old rumor.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
20 Mar 09
This sounded very similar to another "gang initiation" rumor that went around years ago. So I checked this out at snopes. Here's a link http://www.snopes.com/crime/gangs/walmart.asp I think it's just a re-start of a rumor that's been circulating everywhere. Someone in your area has just grabbed ahold of it.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
20 Mar 09
This rumor seems to have started in Memphis, which makes sense that you live in Tennesee. But I believe it's gone all over the country.
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@GardenGerty (102514)
• United States
20 Mar 09
I heard it in Kansas, yesterday.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
20 Mar 09
Well, there you go! It must have taken off again in the last few days then. It's been circulating (according to snopes) since 2005. Does anyone else remember the one about the Korean gang ititiation? Supposedly, they would shoot to kill anyone who left there hi beams on. I've heard that many people believed that. Law enforcement officials all over the country said that this was completely ficticious. When in doubt, check with snopes. How's it going, jo? Good to see you posting discussions!!
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• United States
20 Mar 09
Where do you live? I live in Jacksonville, NC and that was the rumor around here too. lol. Well, I know just as a safety precaution that I didn't go to walmart last night. lol.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
20 Mar 09
I checked with snopes.com. They said this is an old rumor from 2005 that recirculates occasionally.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
21 Mar 09
i live in martin, tennessee. it must have really been flying around yesterday. it's a shame good things don't go that. thanks for your response.
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• United States
21 Mar 09
That is definitely a rumor and I'm kind of annoyed that it's making it's rounds again. We had that rumor about a year or so ago where my mother works. She came home and told me about it all paranoid about gangs supposedly taking over Walmart. Well, sorry to bursts everyones bubble but it is FALSE! It's time to stop spreading that stupid rumor! http://www.snopes.com/crime/gangs/walmart.asp
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
21 Mar 09
i wasn't spreading a stupid rumor, ma'am. i was just expressing what i had heard. had i known it was a rumor i wouldn't have mentioned. so sorry if you were offended. high fly somewhere else, angel
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@lynnemg (4539)
• United States
21 Mar 09
That was all over the news where I live and I got a text message from a friend about it. I haven't heard anymore about it either, but I imagine that since it was all over the news, it was either postponed or moved to a different location. The scary thing is, it probably is not a rumor. As soon as I got the text, I sent it to my Mom who lives 900 miles away from me. She never replied, so I hop she got it. You never know what is going to happen these days, it's better to be safe than to be sorry.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
21 Mar 09
very well said, lynn. i'm afraid it will happen one day to. thanks for your response. hope your mom is o.k.that's a long way to be away from her.
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@bunnybon7 (37400)
• Holiday, Florida
21 Mar 09
oh thats for sure. you cant be safe any where any more. 4 yrs ago, in Glendale here in AZ, a man that was mentally ill shot 2 of the cart gathering boys at Walmart just because a neighbor had made him mad that morning! one was a high school kid and one had a little 2yr old girl and wife he was supporting. everyone said they were both really nice guys and never got smart with customers.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
21 Mar 09
that is so sad. u know his family knew he was ill & why didn't they put him somehere before something like this happened. thanks for your response.
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@suzzy3 (8357)
20 Mar 09
Oh my goodness Antique stay in doors away from it all ,I just hope it was a rumour as you don't need trouble like that,maybe the police got wind of it and put an end to it.Take care love suzzy3.xxx
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
21 Mar 09
thanks for your concern & your response. it sure is a bad rumor to start. u can't help but worry about it.
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@snowcat46 (2323)
• United States
20 Mar 09
No, you never really know. But I'd guess it was a rumor, probably started by kids. I know in my little town (way back in the dark ages) when I was young, some of the rowdier boys used to call the school. They'd call in bomb threats. It was always about an hour or two before school was out, the weather was fantastic, and we had to go outside while the police went through the building. Since they never found anything, I figured it was the kids themselves calling it in. No proof, of course. Except for the talk around the school by the kids themselves. Maybe we were wrong, but we kind of enjoyed getting out of school for an hour or so. Sad, but kids aren't known for thinking of the big picture.
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
21 Mar 09
kids will be kids. thanks for your response.
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@messageme (2821)
• United States
20 Mar 09
It would have me worried as well. I am sure walmart probably heard about it as well. Hopefully for a while they will take precautions and keep a look out for strange activity from costumers. Just because it didn't happen the night it was supose to doesn't mean it wont happen at all. These days kids are just crazy!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
21 Mar 09
u got that right only it's not always kids that do the crazy things. thanks for your response.
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@LCHBheart (167)
• Singapore
20 Mar 09
It doesn't sound strange to me. However, it would be sad to constantly live in fear in case some deranged gang banging wannabe decides to go through with the initiation. Just in case, it would help to always look around for suspicious behavior.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
21 Mar 09
i agree. thanks for your response.
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@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
20 Mar 09
I read something about that yesterday on AOL. They said it was a big text message hoax that was going around. The people that start these rumors are sick.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
20 Mar 09
they should be shot.
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@GardenGerty (102514)
• United States
20 Mar 09
I was at a Special Olympics state event yesterday and overheard someone talking about it. I would check it out on Snopes before I would do anything else. Probably hundreds of people all over the country notified their law enforcement. That effectively depletes the resources of the forces while they check it out.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
20 Mar 09
i didn't get if off the computer. my friend told me about it. thanks for your response.
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@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
20 Mar 09
I would take the rumor serious, because you never know, and sometimes rumors can be a good warning sign to be careful and watch your back. I remember one time there was a rumor near where I live about gang initiation. I can't remember exactly what it was, but I took heed and stayed at home.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
20 Mar 09
i agree. always heard where there is smoke there is fire.u wonder how things like this get started. thanks for your response.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
21 Mar 09
Hi there ANTIQUELADY That's awful even if it wasn't true to even think that someone would start such a rumour is really not nice.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
21 Mar 09
it is awful, hum. alot of sick folks out there, you know. it was flosting friday in a bunch of states. hope it never comes true. thanks for responding.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
22 Mar 09
Umm er what is flosting Friday?
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
21 Mar 09
I heard that too jo! I was actually fixing to go to a store next to the Walmart here and my oldest daughter flipped out...no...don't go to walmart! Then she told me a bout the text that the kids at school were getting. I heard about it on the news that night. I started to go just to show her she can't let fear rule her life but I have to say it did make me a little nervous. You never know what people will do in this day and time.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
21 Mar 09
i'm glad u didn't go. no sense in pushing your luck when u don't know if the situation is true or not. i think it odd that fri, was the day it appeared in all these states. i had never it it before.
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• Janesville, Wisconsin
21 Mar 09
If you are unsure of it is a rumor or not... You can look up the nearest local Crimestoppers number and call them to at least report what you heard... They take tips and investigate them regularly... The problem is gangs do use theft as an initiations and will target any store in small or large town.. So I would have taken it serious and reported it through the internet crime stoppers..... and let them investigate it.. the moment I recieved the rumor... Partly because in the past I have heard rumors that ended up true or heard people state they were gonna do things and later do it.. Like School shootings, and friends murdering their parents and themselves.... It is better to report a rumor... Than to have to live with the guilt of doing nothing... Here you all go so in the future if you hear a rumor you can report it via Tipsubmit and not have to worry about doing nothing it also lets your report it anonymously.... but if it turns out to prevent an incident or lead to an arrest they also give people rewards... https://www.tipsubmit.com/ Keep this referance on hand. To help prevent local crimes! Also how to submit tips on your cell phone! http://www.smscrimetips.com/ But also be sure to that if you come across real definately information to call 911 or non emergency police instead. Hope this helps you! - DNatureofDTrain
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
21 Mar 09
thanks for the good info. my friend that told me is a school counselor. the policeman that stays at the school was checking it out when she came home. like u say better be safe than sorry. have a good weekend & thanks for your response.
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@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
23 Mar 09
Well some rumors can be done by pranksters just to make people anxious. But I personally would certainly be careful and take the "rumor" seriously because bad elements are rampant anywhere. Our neighborhood seems peaceful and friendly too at first glance but when you hear the stories of the folks here, I learned about many incidents of theft, and some peeping toms. Well if there's smoke, there's fire. If rumors are going around, there must be truth in it.
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