Fact Check: This ExxonMobil Gas Station Sign Is NOT Real

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  • by: Christiana Dillard
Fact Check: This ExxonMobil Gas Station Sign Is NOT Real Generated Sign

Did a gas station post a sign saying that customers must show proof of employment to make a gas purchase? No, that's not true: The picture of the sign is satire and was created using an online image generator.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) on May 12, 2021. The post featured an image of an ExxonMobil gas station with a sign that read:



This is what the post looked like on Facebook on May 12, 2021:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Wed May 12 22:04:42 2021 UTC)

The picture of the gas station featured in the post is the same picture used in this image generator from Atom Smasher that allows users to make their own gas station sign. The generator's URL is included at the bottom of the generator's image. A screenshot of the image generator is included below:

make your own gas station sign.PNG

(Source: Screenshot taken on Wed May 12 21:47:49 2021 UTC)

The image in the Facebook post is cropped above the placement of the generator's URL. Another Facebook post that features the same image displays the generator's URL. A screenshot of the full-length generated picture that appeared in the other Facebook post is included below:

other FB post full-length.PNG

(Source: Screenshot taken on Wed May 12 22:11:19 2021 UTC)

Lead Stories performed reverse image searches on Yandex, Google and TinEye for images similar to the one featured in the generator and found the same image with different signs throughout the results. Atom Smasher features several generators, including a highway sign generator, a graffiti generator and a Las Vegas strip generator.

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  Christiana Dillard

Christiana Dillard is a former news writer for Temple University’s Lew Klein College of Media and Communication. She received her undergraduate degree in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been a freelance writer for several organizations including the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, Pitt Magazine, and The Heinz Endowments. When she’s not producing or studying media she’s binging it, watching YouTube videos or any interesting series she can find on streaming services.

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