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Fake News: 76-year Old Mom NOT Kicked Out Of KFC For Breastfeeding Her 42-year Old Son

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Wed, 06 Jun 2018 12:06:10 Z)

Were 76-year-old Linda Berrety and her 42-year-old son Michael kicked out of a KFC restaurant for public breastfeeding? No, that's not true: an old internet hoax story was recently resurrected by a website that specializes in "fauxtire" (i.e. faux satire), it did not happen for real.

The story reappeared in an article published by 8Shit on June 5, 2018 titled "76-year Old Mom Kicked Out Of KFC For Breastfeeding Her 42-year Old Son" (archived here) which opened:

A 76 year old woman has created much controversy last week, by breast-feeding her 42-year-old son in the middle of a KFC restaurant.

Many customers in the restaurant complained about the incident to management. Linda Berrety and her son Michael, were finally escorted out by the restaurant management.

But not before he fed on her for nearly 15 minutes.

The unusual episode has sparked strong reactions on social media and provoked a huge debate on the limits of breast-feeding in public places.

Screenshot of https://www.8shit.net/76-year-old-mom-kicked-out-of-kfc-for-breastfeeding-her-42-year-old-son/

The original story came from Daily Buzz Live, where it was published in April of 2015 (and from where it has been frequently copied by other sites since then):

76 Year Old Woman Kicked Out Of KFC For Breastfeeding Her 42 Year Old Son

A 76 year old woman has created much controversy last week, by breast-feeding her 42-year-old son in the middle of a KFC restaurant. Many customers in the restaurant complained about the incident to management. Linda Berrety and her son Michael, were finally escorted out by the restaurant management.

The people in the picture weren't even mother and son, they were lovers featured in a show about couples with massive age gaps:

She's 79, He's 39: New Show About (Massive) Age Gaps Proves Love Can Flourish Anywhere

From Channel 5, which brought us the unforgettable Guys And Dolls documentary, it is easy to take a cynical approach to the love stories told in the show Age Gap Love. But for 79-year-old Edna, who met husband 39-year-old Simon nine years ago, both say it was love at first sight, when they bonded over a passion for organ music.

Furthermore, 8shit.net carries a disclaimer on its about page that reads:

8Shit is a satire and humor website.

It contains cutting edge satire on a diverse range of topics.

The website publishes fake news, shocking rumors and reports with incisive sarcasm, and humor.

We also post crazy real news which often sounds too good to be true.

And an additional disclaimer in the footer of every page:

8Shit is a satire news and humor website. All its content is fiction (except those posts under the "serious" category) and shouldn't be taken as real. All references, names and marks or institutions in this website are used as contextual elements, like in any novel or science-fiction story.

We wrote about 8shit.net before, here are our most recent articles that mention the site:

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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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