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Rumor Over "Gang Initiation" At Wal-Mart Causes Big Stir Over Nothing

Last updated on Friday, March 20, 2009

(BEDFORD) - Despite rumors to the contrary, nobody was shot, killed, targeted or otherwise hurt at the Bedford Wal-Mart yesterday.

Dispatchers at the Bedford Police Department tell us they received around 40 calls late yesterday relating to a text message that was floating around the area saying a gang initiation could take place at the mega-retailer, in which women with children would be targeted for murder.

Unsurprisingly, it was another pop culture hoax that's at least 4 years old according to rumor-mill website snopes.com.

This same hoax has been circulated in Memphis, North Texas, Washington, DC, and Chicago and, in varying forms, has also included Wal-Mart competitor Target.

It's just another mud-stirrer just like the rumor about gang initiations involving would-be hit men driving cars at nighttime without their lights on, targeting anyone who flashes lights at them.

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