Golden tickets to heaven? You know that’s too good to be true, even in Florida.
"Couple Arrested For Selling ‘Golden Tickets To Heaven," reads a headline on City World News.
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The story, in circulation since 2015, said Jacksonville residents Tito and Amanda Watts were selling wooden slabs spray-painted with gold paint on the street for $99.99.
"I don’t care what the police say," the story quoted Tito Watts as saying. "The tickets are solid gold… it ain’t cut up two by fours I spray painted gold."
The story even quoted an unnamed Jacksonville Police Department spokesman. It said the police confiscated over $10,000 in cash, five crack pipes and a baby alligator.
Just like tickets that reserve a spot in heaven, the story is a fabrication.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s office found no records of such a case.
The story would have likely made headlines; but we found no coverage by local newspapers of the event, either.
The picture of Tito Watts isn’t real; it was snagged off a website with mugshots of people arrested in their Halloween costumes. The photo dates back to 2011.
We rate this statement Pants on Fire!