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    I got a text from a friend today, not to go to Wal Mart tonight. Said something about a gang initiation to shoot three woman tonight. Not sure which Wal Mart. And they have confirmed it on TV. Has anyone else heard about this?
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    You have to be kidding me if you belive this.....

    this tale is as old as dirt. check out Snopes.com and do a search for it.

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    Hmm. Thanks for the heads up, although one of our local walmarts is like that most days... DH says that I can only go to that one in broad daylight. The other walmart is a bit better - at least you're less likely to get shot walking in.

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    Sounds like an urban legend/ rumor to me, but I STILL won't go near a Walmart tonight. Better to be safe than sorry!

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    This was released today on About.com (I also tried to copy & paste the article from Snopes.com, but it wouldn't let me. The jist is, this rumor has been circulating since 2005.

    Police: Walmart Gang Initiation Rumors Are False
    Wednesday March 18, 2009
    Police in several states worked overtime yesterday and today to quash rumors about supposed gang initiation killings planned at local Walmart stores. The rumors, which circulated all day Tuesday via email and text message in Valdosta, Georgia, to name one locale, were investigated by the city's Gang Task Force and found to be "not credible," Police Commander Brian Childress said.

    Broward and Palm Beach County officials issued similar statements today, labeling gang initiation rumors still circulating in south Florida "hoaxes and urban legends."

    One version of the rumor spreading via text message read as follows (verbatim):
    FWD: Police are asking all women not to go to any Walmart tonight there is a gang iniation and three women will be shot this is not a joke pls foward
    The Times-Journal of Selma, Alabama noted that gang initiation rumors erupted there as well, culminating in a panicky phone call from a subscriber Tuesday night asking if it was true that hostages were being held inside the Selma Walmart store. No such assault occurred, the Times-Journal reported.

    Internet rumors naming big-box stores such as Walmart and Target as locations for murderous gang initiation rites have become a staple of urban legendry in recent years. I'm not aware of any instances in which they've proven true.

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    Its a rumor. It went around here at Christmas last year as well as in the city my brother lives. No truth to it at all.
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    Glad I ask, I knew that it couldn't be true. In this part of the country these type of things just don't happen. I'm not saying that it couldn't, but it just doesn't. So for something like this to be going around in these parts is unheard of. Sounded a bet strange for here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tsgal View Post
    Glad I ask, I knew that it couldn't be true. In this part of the country these type of things just don't happen. I'm not saying that it couldn't, but it just doesn't. So for something like this to be going around in these parts is unheard of. Sounded a bet strange for here.
    Don't ever think it will not happen. In 2005 the city I lived in had a stabbing happen at the local walmart which turned out to be a gang initiation. Until then our chief of police was denying we even had gangs even though the people of the city was telling him he was nuts. After this he couldn't deny it. Our local newspaper ran an article this weekend on this being untrue according to police sources and the local police department working with other cities to investigate the possibility. We once thought it was a chance here but highly unlikely also. If you think about it the highly unlikely places makes it a little easier for things like this to happen just because everyone thinks its highly unlikely.

    Since the stabbing here, this is what I do personally to protect myself. I go out to places in the daytime. I do not go alone unless absolutely necessary, if I do I am very aware of my surroundings and if someone I do not know starts to approach me or even looks like they will be approaching me I get on my cell phone quickly sometimes I am not talking to anyone but I have had times when people who seemed to be approaching me thought I was on the phone quickly turned and walked away. If they are still approaching me I loudly say hold on someone is walking toward me and describe what they look like, that way if something did happen the description is out before it does.If I go out after dark I am never alone not even to the local cigarette store just up the road.

    Things such as the text messages I do not pay attention to because number one why would they let it leak out exactly where they would carry out these acts. Thats just plain stupidity if anything it would happen somewhere else other than Walmart just because everyone was on the lookout at Walmart.

    Just be cautious and aware of your surroundings and always listen to that little voice inside you that tells you something isnt right, I know I can usually tell if someone is watching me or if something just dont feel right. That little voice is there for a reason, when we dismiss it things usually go wrong. When we dont sometimes we never know but I would rather never know than take a chance.
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