Old Wal Mart Hoax Causing New Concerns

By: Joe Brown Email
By: Joe Brown Email

From Kansas to College Station, a hoax message warning of an impending attack at a Wal Mart is once again spreading like wildfire in cyber space.

The message arrives via email or text message. It warns you to stay away from the Wal Mart (in your town) because a gang initiation is about to take place in which several people will be shot.

"It was forwarded to me," said Jodi Riley, of College Station, who received the e-mail at work.

"It says do not go to Wal-mart tonight," said Angelica Calderon, who was sent the text message version, by a friend.

"In today's society it could be true, or it could not, you don't know," said Angelica's mother, Cindy Day.

A Wal-mart spokesperson said the texts and e-mails are just rumors. Police said they're not even local.

"We've found no information to make us believe this is something actually planned for our community," said Master Officer Rhonda Seaton of the College Station Police Department.

This Wal-mart urban legend has spread across the country for years. Now the rumor is back, and local shoppers are passing along the word.

"I called my mom, and I called my aunt and I called everyone I knew, " said Riley. "I even called on my lunch break to the College Station Police Department."

While College Station Police said they haven't received many calls about the warnings, an employee at the dispatch center in Bryan said that department had received numerous calls.

While police said there are no specific threats for our area, at least a few shoppers were still taking extra precautions.

"I'm just not going to Wal-mart tonight," said Riley.

Officers advise that just like any other day, anyone who sees anything suspicious should call police.

News 3 was first notified of the warning Wednesday night when a viewer reported it was about to take place at the Huntsville Wal Mart. By Thursday, the threats had grown to include Wal Marts in Bryan, College Station and Navasota.

An internet search revealed the same message is being circulated in Delaware, Maryland, Kansas, Florida and Arkansas.

At least few people believed the text warning because they thought it was related to a bomb scare at the Bryan Wal-mart early Thursday morning.

Bryan Police said around 1:15a.m., someone called dispatch and told police the department had five minutes to get everyone out of the store before a bomb went off.

Officers said the store was briefly evacuated before determining the threat was a hoax.

Bryan Police are investigating.

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