Hoax Alert: Man NOT Kicked Out Of All-you-can-eat Buffet After Eating More Than 50 LBS Of Food

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  • by: Maarten Schenk

There's a big, fat hoax doing the rounds about the Golden Corral restaurant chain being sued for 2 million dollars by a 'Mr. Flemming' or 'Mr. Flemmings' (the story contains both spellings) because he was thrown out of a restaurant by the employees after eating between 50 and 70 pounds of food from the all-you-can-eat buffet. The angry patron ("51 years old, on welfare") claimed the "all-you-can-eat" sign was false advertising.

The unhappy customer was quoted to have said:

It's a serious injustice, and I am deeply insulted! With my income, I rarely go to the restaurant, so I try to get as much as I can for my money when I do. This was the worst experience I have ever had in a restaurant. Not only did they kick me out while I was still hungry, but they looked at me like I was disgusting, like I was not worthy of eating there! It's unacceptable, and I demand a compensation!

Of course the story is a prime example of an all-you-can-lie hoax article, from well-known fake news website World News Daily Report, which states in its disclaimer you shouldn't believe anything they write:

Information contained in this World News Daily Report website is for information and entertainment purposes only.

The photo they use to illustrate the story is not of 'Mr. Flemming' or 'Mr. Flemmings' but of 'James', aged 38 from Frankston, Texas, a contestant in TLC's show 'My 600-lb Life' about extremely obese people.

So be like Lead Stories and always weigh the truth and accuracy of any news you share on social media. Don't be like all these people who shared without thinking:

  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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