Internet hoax forces Sheriff's Office to allocate resources to quash rumors

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - An internet hoax has gained enough traction that local law enforcement are now having to deal with it.

The Purge is a movie where for 12 hours there are no laws and no emergency services.

Everything up to and including murder is allowed.

Now an internet rumor says the purge is coming to Oildale this Friday and there will be no laws from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

"I think it would be scary. I mean, Oildale would flip out and I think it would be all bad," said one Oildale resident who didn’t want to be identified.

It may seem like an outlandish concept but Kern County deputies are worried.

“We are a little concerned because some people have a hard time differentiating between fantasy and reality," said Kern County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ray Pruitt.

The sheriff's office has even assigned a handful of deputies including a sergeant and a senior deputy to look into it.

"It only takes one person who hears this information and believes it’s true and decides to act on it to cause a lot of problems," Pruitt said.

Deputies are also reassuring the public that there is no validity to the rumor that criminal activity will not go unchecked.

Some people we spoke to in Oildale think it would be a good thing.

“I think people would prove to police that we don’t need their direction or leadership we could do our own," said another Oildale woman who asked not to be identified.

They say Oildale gets a bad rap and not everyone here is a criminal.

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