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Fake news: Cocaine-laced fried chicken batter

Compton Herald | Fried Chicken

Story that Popeye’s worker fried chicken in cocaine-laced batter to boost sales, fabricated

COMPTON — Clams that a Popeye’s Fried Chicken manager in Brunswick, Ga. was caught and arrested for lacing chicken with cocaine to drive business, have been found to be fake news, the Compton Herald has learned.

On May 3rd, 2017, what looked to be a news item reported by Channel22News, a prank news generator site spread like a wildfire until Snopes, an Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation, debunked the claim.

The original source of this information was the Channel22News.com website, whose widely-linked headline asserted, “Popeyes manager arrested for allegedly dipping chicken in cocaine based flour to increase business sales.”

The fake news site reported that officers of the Brunswick Police Department went to the Popeyes’ outlet and collected samples of the food and found numerous trace amounts of drugs marijuana, heroin, and crack cocaine.

Many readers who viewed the headline through social media likely didn’t click through to read the underlying article, and even those who did might not have spotted the sidebar disclosure informing them the story was a “prank.”

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