Fake news websites continue to share an unappetizing hoax about a Chinese restaurant serving dog meat to customers, despite local police denying the claim.
"Chinese restaurant in Coral Springs, Fla., busted for selling dog meat to VIP customers," read a Dec. 21, 2016, headline on a post at MajorThoughts.com. It included a disturbing photo overprinted with "Yamstar.com," purporting to show cooked canines being butchered.
Facebook flagged the article as being potentially fake as part of its efforts to root out fake news on the website. This unpalatable tale certainly qualifies.
The story, rife with odd punctuation and capitalization, claimed that an eatery called China Chow had been serving dogs slaughtered in the back of the restaurant as a special-order menu item for customers who asked for it.
The article said police shut the restaurant down after a two-month investigation following a customer complaint, according to a faux department spokesman.
For all the dog lovers out there, take heart that none of these things happened. A Coral Springs Police Department employee told PolitiFact that nothing about the story is true.
Community Involvement Coordinator Lynne Martzall said there was no two-month investigation by the department, and the police spokesman named in the story is not a real person.
Furthermore, there is no restaurant named China Chow in Coral Springs, and there is no Chinese restaurant at the intersection named in the fake story.
After receiving complaints, the department had posted a message on its Facebook page in December to tell the public the story was totally contrived. Martzall said Facebook removed the post from the department’s page after police reported the story as fake.
We attempted to contact the administrator at MajorThoughts.com, which is registered to an address in Sunrise, Fla., but we didn’t get a response.
Besides basing its claim on a racist stereotype of Chinese eating dogs, this fake story makes up every detail it cites.
We rate this distasteful fabrication Pants On Fire!https://www.sharethefacts.co/share/054ce95b-88b0-433c-8e91-8384128c6efb
MajorThoughts.com, "Chinese Restaurant In Coral Springs,Florida Busted For Selling Dog Meat To VIP Customers," Dec. 21, 2016
GummyPost.com, "Chinese restaurant in coral Springs florida got busted for selling dog meat as special menu," Dec. 21, 2016
Archive.is, CSPD Facebook post, Dec. 23, 2016
Yelp.com, China Chow reviews, accessed Jan. 9, 2017
Interview with Lynne Martzall, Coral Springs Police Department Community Involvement Coordinator, Jan. 10, 2017
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