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Fake News: This Is NOT How Burger King Deals With Customers

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:41:05 Z)

Does a recent tweet show how Burger King deals with customers? With video of a man being punched, stood upon and being tased by employees in front of other customers?

A recent tweet published on March 21, 2018 by @Aleeex_Rod appears to show just that (we archived it here in case it gets taken down).

Screenshot of https://twitter.com/Aleeeex_Rod/status/976509149382025216

However the tweet shows video from a June 2017 Montrose, Texas incident in which a man first attacked the employees in question:

Altercation inside Montrose Burger King caught on camera

Today's Top Stories WATCH NOW LIVE VIDEO Houston murder-for-hire trial TOP VIDEOS LIVE VIDEO Houston murder-for-hire trial A bizarre incident inside a Montrose Burger King between customers and an employee was caught on video. According to an eyewitness, a man was yelling and using vulgar language towards employees inside the restaurant.

Later reporting indicated that the man was likely homeless and had caused trouble at the restaurant before.

Altercations between homeless growing in area

A fight involving employees at a Montrose-area Burger King and an apparent homeless man is bringing to light a larger issue with the city's new homeless ordinance, according to a security expert. The confrontation involves the man who appears to be homeless and using a wheelchair.

However the reaction of the employees can certainly be called excessive and the police seemed to agree as the news coverage noted:

Officers also seized the pepper-spray and stun gun from the restaurant staff

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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