Fact Check: Gas Station Did NOT Have A Sign Recommending Customers Have 'Your Gun In Your Hand'

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  • by: Sarah Thompson
Fact Check: Gas Station Did NOT Have A Sign Recommending Customers Have 'Your Gun In Your Hand' Fake Sign Site

Did a gas station display a message on its roadside price sign telling customers, "For your safety have your gun in your hand while visiting this gas station"? No, that's not true: This image was generated by a prank website that allows people to create their own message on a variety of sign images.

The photo appeared in a post (archived here) where it was published on Facebook on March 25, 2021. The post was captioned, "Damn Louisville 7th & Hill 😳😳😳😳😳 for my safety I won't ever go here again lol". The text displayed on the sign read:

For your safety have your gun in your hand while visiting this gas station

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Mon Mar 29 13:32:00 2021 UTC)

A reverse image search for this photo on TinEye shows similar editions of this sign. The earliest images date back to 2008 and show a variety of gas prices and messages. In some versions the watermark has been cropped off, others point to the website where these prank pictures were made, Atom.Smasher.org.

To demonstrate, Lead Stories ran our own test:

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  Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson lives with her family and pets on a small farm in Southeastern Indiana. She founded a Facebook page and a blog called “Exploiting the Niche” in 2017 to help others learn about manipulative tactics and avoid scams on social media. Since then she has collaborated with journalists in the USA, Canada and Australia and since December 2019 she works as a Social Media Authenticity Analyst at Lead Stories.


 

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