Crowds Lined Up For Hours And Fights Break Out After Fake Rumor Of Zach Randolph Paying People’s Electric Bills Spreads
Today in certain areas of Memphis, Tenn. long lines formed outside of gas stations all over a fake rumor that spread quickly through social media. Apparently, a glitch in the dozens of payment kiosks around town caused customer accounts to reflect they only owed 1 percent of their actual bill. Many took to social media to claim that former Grizzlies star Zach Randolph’s generosity was the reason their bill had been reduced and that caused people to rush to their local gas station in an attempt to get their discount.
Via Fox 6 Memphis
There were traffic jams and long lines out the door at gas stations in Memphis Saturday, July 8th — all over a rumor that blew up on social media.
According to WREG, the rumor heard around the city was NBA star Zach Randolph of the Memphis Grizzlies, was donating $1 million for MLGW customers’ bills.
But it wasn’t true.
WREG reports many folks didn’t believe it because the kiosks and their receipts were showing their accounts had been paid off. And just like the game of telephone, the rumor kept spreading.
Memphis police were dispatched to gas stations across the city after fights broke out over people’s spots in line.”