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Fake News: Canadian Shoe Smuggling Mule NOT Able To Fit 9 Pairs In Rectum

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Wed, 20 Jun 2018 08:53:34 Z)

Is a Canadian man named "Dave" smuggling shoes from the U.S. into Canada by hiding up to nine pairs in his rectum when crossing the border? No, that's not true: a Canadian satire website made up the story to mock Trump's recent remarks about Canadians smuggling new pairs of shoes across the border by wearing them and scuffing them on purpose to avoid tarifs.

The satirical story originated from an article published on June 20, 2018 by The Beaverton and was titled "Exclusive: A Canadian shoe smuggling mule who's able to fit 9 pairs in his rectum when he crosses US border" (archived here). It opened:

FORT ERIE, ON - A Canadian shoe smuggler has gone to great lengths to remain undetected by border security revealing a dangerous game between cat and mouse.

When US President Donald Trump warned that Canadians were smuggling shoes from the US into Canada and "scuffing them up," he was referring to people like Dave, a man capable of transporting up to nine pairs of new shoes in his rectum. Dave is not his real name as the editors have chosen to protect his identity.

"I run the risk of paying a duty or even a fine if I'm caught," said Dave wearing a balaclava and sunglasses. "Or nothing. Usually it's nothing if I declare them, but this is far more dangerous."

Screenshot of https://www.thebeaverton.com/2018/06/exclusive-a-canadian-shoe-smuggling-mule-whos-able-to-fit-9-pairs-in-his-rectum-when-he-crosses-us-border/

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail so some of them might have thought it was real:

Exclusive: A Canadian shoe smuggling mule who's able to fit 9 pairs in his rectum when he crosses US border

FORT ERIE, ON - A Canadian shoe smuggler has gone to great lengths to remain undetected by border security revealing a dangerous game between cat and mouse.

The New York Times has more background on Trump's claims regarding shoe smuggling:

Explaining Trump's Claim About Canadians Smuggling Shoes Because of 'Massive' Tariffs

what was said "There was a story two days ago, in a major newspaper, talking about people living in Canada, coming into the United States, and smuggling things back into Canada because the tariffs are so massive.The tariffs to get common items back into Canada are so high that they have to smuggle them in.They buy shoes, then they wear them.They scuff them up.They make them sound old or look old."

The Beaverton is a satirical website that carries following disclaimer:

Site Disclaimer

The Beaverton is a news satire and parody publication . All articles contained within this website, however similar to real events, are fictitious. When public figures are mentioned by name, the corresponding story details are invented. In all other cases, any resemblance to actual persons or events is entirely coincidental.

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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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