Fact Check: Chinese Restaurant Sign Giving 95% Off Meal With Vaccine Card Is NOT Real

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  • by: Marlo Lee
Fact Check: Chinese Restaurant Sign Giving 95% Off Meal With Vaccine Card Is NOT Real Internet Prank

Did a Chinese restaurant advertise giving customers 95% off their lunch total if you show them a vaccination card? No, that's not true: The sign was made by a prank website where you can create your own Chinese restaurant sign.

The story originated from an Instagram post published on September 5, 2021. The sign read:


Here is what the Instagram post looked like at the time of writing:

Screen Shot 2021-09-09 at 2.32.12 PM.png

(Source: Instagram screenshot taken on Thu September 9 15:50:22 2021 UTC)

DeSantis, the name seen after the expletive in the sign, is referring to the Florida governor, Ron DeSantis.

The sign is fake and can be recreated to say anything. On Atom.Smasher.org/chinese/, users can generate a fake Chinese restaurant sign with up to four lines of text underneath the line that says, "Enter your own message here:"


(Source: Atom.smasher.org screenshot taken on Thu September 9 16:30:45 2021 UTC)

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Lead Stories is working with the CoronaVirusFacts/DatosCoronaVirus Alliance, a coalition of more than 100 fact-checkers who are fighting misinformation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about the alliance here.

Marlo Lee is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.S. in Biology. Her interest in fact checking started in college, when she realized how important it became in American politics. She lives in Maryland.

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