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"Popeyes manager arrested for allegedly dipping chicken in cocaine based flour to increase business sales."

Viral image on Friday, August 23rd, 2019 in a Facebook post

No, a Popeyes manager wasn’t arrested for lacing fried chicken with cocaine

"Popeyes fried chicken is fantastic," New Yorker food writer Helen Rosner wrote on Aug. 20. "The meat is flavorful and juicy, encased in a spiky, golden sea urchin of batter — surprisingly light, uncommonly crispy." 

And *just* the right amount of cocaine. Or, at least, that’s what a recycled image recently posted on Facebook would have you believe. 

The image looks like a news story with this headline: "Popeyes manager arrested for allegedly dipping chicken in cocaine based flour to increase business sales." And, given the recent craze over the chain’s new chicken sandwich, one might actually believe the headline.

But it’s fake, Popeyes Nation. This Aug. 23 post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.) 

That’s because if you search for the headline you’ll find it on channel22news.com, which describes itself as "a prank website that is intended for fun." 

Cropped out of the image that appeared on Facebook are the words "you’ve been pranked!" with three laughing-while-crying emojis, and an image of a clown with the words "you got owned" stamped on its hat.

We rate this Facebook post Pants on Fire!