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Wal-Mart Responds to Text Messaging Scam

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PASCO, Wash--  Wal-Mart is making a public statement about Thursday's text message scare that warned of gang initiations at various store locations. 

A written statement from the company reads: "The safety and security of our customers and associates is our top priority.  We are aware of the message being circulated and are working with local authorities to enhance our security efforts at our stores in the area.  While we take these types of situations seriously, we regard this as being only a rumor, much like similar rumors that have circulated via e-mail in previous years."

The origin of the text message is still in question; some police departments are saying Florida, while others say Tennessee.