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Did a Woman Kill for the Last Xbox on Black Friday?

Did a Woman Kill for the Last Xbox on Black Friday?

A news report circulating states that a woman in Chicago stabbed three other Walmart shoppers to death while trying to secure the last Xbox One during Black Friday. Is this true or false?

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The story is false.

The article was published by The Daily Currant, a satirical website, on November 20, 2013. In the article, we read the fictitious story of Mary Robbins, who “reportedly wrestled her competitors to the ground before fatally wounding them with a sharpened Phillips head screwdriver.” The article also states, “A witness says an old lady beat a kid with her purse in order to get the last toothbrush holder.”

While most readers are aware that The Daily Currant is humorous, some not familiar with the satirical nature of the website have shared the article with the belief that it’s real.

The “About” page on The Daily Currant clearly states that the contents are works of fiction:

Q. Are your news stories real?

A. No. Our stories are purely fictional. However they are meant to address real-world issues through satire and often refer and link to real events happening in the world.

Bottom Line

A woman did not stab three other shoppers to death while securing the last Xbox at a Walmart. The article is a work of fiction from the satirical website The Daily Currant.

Source

  • Woman Kills Three For Last X-Box at Chicago Wal-Mart (The Daily Currant: November 30, 2013)

 

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