Walmart and text messaging...a hoax apparently

@taface412 (3175)
United States
March 19, 2009 3:20pm CST
In the town I live (Owensboro, KY) in there was apparently a text message going around about a gang initiation where three women were going to be shot at one of the Walmarts. Apparently it had spread to a lot of people because some people at work said they heard it on the news and they heard it on the radio. A co-worker called our police department and found out it was a hoax. So my question is occasionally text messaging is used when there actually is an emergency and with people making a very ill humored joke of it...would you believe something like this if you received a text like it? I am sure that since the police department was flooded with calls they will begin to track down the origin of the text. And I'm sure they could have terroristic threating charges pressed against them. So could you trust a text with info like this? me I'm doubtful because there are people who just like to make a few waves....unfortunately they may not realize where those waves might have them heading...Uh-oh.
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11 responses
• United States
19 Mar 09
Find the person that did this and disipline them on the news, wanna get famous, we'll help you. What a stupid bunch of people who prey on peoples fears. Sounds like their mommies didn't love them enough.
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• United States
20 Mar 09
I live in Danville VA and I received the same text. It was supposed to happen in my town according to my text. I think that people start stuff like that to see how far it will go, however I do not take it lightly because for one, it may be true. For another, there are sick people out there that will go and kill the 3 women because of the hoax. What I mean is that some people will MAKE it come true. Especially if it found to be a hoax, someone may take it upon themselves to actually make it happen.
@MissAmie (718)
• United States
20 Mar 09
Anytime this happens, immediately check the Amber alert website. There is no lies or nonsense there. Only the facts.
@taface412 (3175)
• United States
20 Mar 09
Yeah the one that was sent here in KY specifically said that it would be one of the two in our town, that they didn't know which one for sure. And you make a very valid point about making something come true. Sad.
@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
20 Mar 09
Pretty weird because there was a shooting at my Wal-Mart yesterday with 3 people & was gang related. This happened in Oklahoma. Wasn't a hoax here....
@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
20 Mar 09
OMG! Slap me now! I guess it didn't happen.... it was a rumor! I'm sooo sorry! I have 3 sisters that called me yesterday & said there was a shooting, but I misunderstood them... LOL! Sorry..
@MissAmie (718)
• United States
20 Mar 09
It's amazing what people will lie about these days. All the messages like that I get, I immediately check Snopes.com. It's a great website with all these kinds of things and whether or not there is any truth to them. The site is very reliable! Another sick thing is when you get the "missing child" messages that do not include a last name, last known location, or contact information if you do see the child. Almost all those are hoaxes. How sick and sad that people would make that stuff up.
• United States
20 Mar 09
I live in Maryland and I just heard about it yesterday. As a matter of a fact I just wrote post about it this morning. When I heard it I was wondering if it might have something to do with the fact that Walmart is doing very well despite the economy..however you never know it could still be true or if it wasn't true before it has put ideas in to sickos heads!! What a World we live in!
• United States
20 Mar 09
I live in Las Vegas, NV and my sister lives in Reno, NV. She heard about it from a friend that is in Lake Havasu, AZ. So my sister told me and I then told my fiance who looked on MSNBC and found out it was a hoax stemming from an urban legend started in 2005. I then told my sister who had also already looked it up and found out the same thing. A few hours later after I got to work tonight I got a text from my best friends daughter telling me about it. So, I than had to tell her it was not true. Now my sister pointed out, because of the publicity it got it makes you wonder if some gang kids would be dumb enough to try and pull it off anyway. The police have already been informing everyone that it was a hoax so would they really believe and respond to a call saying that it was happening? Obviously, one would hope they would still respond to a call no matter what but whats to say they would treat it with any sense of urgency? Either way it is quite amusing to me how wide spread this was from OK to FL to KY to NV. And I thought it was only in NV. HaHa silly me!!
@HansonFan (1659)
• United States
20 Mar 09
I got that this morning too, and I live in Oklahoma City. I didn't believe it either but when I got it from 6 people I figured it was better safe than sorry and cautioned my mother and grandmother to wait til tomorrow just to be safe. They agreed. I didn't send it to every girl I knew or anything, but I would have been distraut if my family had been killed if I could have prevented it, which is what these pranksters were counting on I bet. As long as it doesn't really happen, I'm not too upset.
@MizzLadyB08 (1174)
• United States
20 Mar 09
I am in North Carolina and I got the same text message twice. I really did not think anything of it because this has happen before with the text messages. It is crazy that something like this is happening and it do scare some people. Maybe it will stop real soon.
• United States
19 Mar 09
I did not hear about this in the northeast but there were two men posing as undercover police officers that robbed some teens in the Walmart parking lot. The men flashed wallet ids and took the teens ipods, cell phones, and wallets. It is a very unsettled world we live in.
• United States
19 Mar 09
If some random person texted me something like that, I'd consider it a hoax. Gang initiation is a rather private matter. But I can't say I'd blame someone who took pause to consider it. Stranger things have happened, and with so many new forms of media and communication these days, it isn't entirely out of the realm of possibility that something could go viral like that. I think it just goes to show the state of things these days, when these kinds of things *can* be believed.
• United States
19 Mar 09
So i live in South Florida and i received two emails and i looked on my Facebook and it was all over that this was going to happen here also. Kinda weird that it was not just here but in other states too. I kinda feel more comfortable that it wasn't just here because i had went to Walmart yesterday and not even knowing this until i came back home and checked my email. It does worry me thought that these kind of things do happen. I'm sure people do think about killing people in wide open areas. I would trust a text if it was from one of my friends whom either boyfriend, husband or even my friend who is a police officer.