By Erica Abbott
Reports that all Taco Bell restaurants in the United States are being shut down on June 1 are false. The fast food chain is not closing its doors—the rumor began with a simple prank.
According to Snopes, the fake claim originated on prank news website Feed Newz in 2015 and was then republished by several disreputable websites. While the day of the purported closure varied (April 10 and June 1), the article claimed that all locations were being shut down due to a customer finding “human body parts” in their meal. Clicking on the link, however, reveals that the claim is merely a prank—one that was supposedly shared by millions of people.
The websites that published the fake claim allow users to create their own pranks in the hopes of fooling their friends on social media. Failing to look past the headline, many are tricked into believing that the story is real. Taco Bell, however, is not shutting down its U.S. locations.
Another Taco Bell-related hoax in 2012 earned an Alaska town free tacos. Thousands of residents were disappointed after finding out that advertisements for a new restaurant location were fake. So Taco Bell treated all of them to 10,000 free tacos. How’s that for “living mas”?
Social Media Shares Taco Bell Closing Hoax
Facebook news drives me crazy like don’t tell me Taco Bell is closing when it’s not.. I don’t need the stress
— Amanda (@InskyLevv) May 11, 2017
All Taco Bell’s are closing June 1st
— ℓιℓ nɛnɛ (@thickhums) May 11, 2017
Taco Bell. Shutting down. Wot. http://t.co/6xw24aMP0I
— V for GoodVibes (@nessie_horan) April 21, 2015
Taco Bell Shutting down in all of the US http://t.co/rxKKDevzhb
— ℐorden (@Jorrrden) April 14, 2015
Taco Bell Shutting down in all of the US http://t.co/Kiv1SvRfo4
— Strange Brew Coffee (@SBCoffeehouse) March 26, 2015
Did you see the hoax about Taco Bell shutting its doors on June 1 circulating social media? Do you know anyone who was fooled by the prank? Sound off in the comments section below!
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