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I received this e-mail today from a woman in Clawson, Mich.:

I am writing in regard to an email I received about your town, Victoria, TX.

Is there any validity to a story about Hispanics boycotting Caucasian stores? And that once said boycott occurred, there was less theft, less trash, customers paid with real money not government-issued debits?

Snopes and Truth or Fiction could not verify.

Thanks for any information you may have.

I answered the woman that it's an Internet hoax. We have received this e-mail rumor from a variety of readers recently. As with all urban legends, its origins are unclear, but the political motivation in this case is fairly clear.

Nonetheless, you can search the Internet and find quite a few people passing this information along as fact. Imagine what the world would be like without trained journalists checking out such wild rumors.