Fact check: Photo of Chick-fil-A employees with 'Back the Blue' shirts taken out of context
Social media users are sharing an image on Facebook of Chick-fil-A employees wearing "Back the Blue" T-shirts, a color typically used to refer to the police.Posted — Updated
The image in the post shows Chick-fil-A workers wearing the shirts through a drive-thru window.
The caption above the photo starts with, "As a retort to ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER.’"
Some of the words aren’t readable, but the caption concludes with: "Be careful who you patronize. They may want your $$, but make a mockery of our oppression and pain. I hear you loud and clear tho (sic). I think y’all trash anyway."
This is misleading. The photograph is several years old and was worn in support of a local high school football team at one Chick-fil-A location in Texas, the company says.
We reached out to Jackson Spalding, Chick-fil-A’s public relations firm, but did not hear back.
Social media users are sharing an image of Chick-fil-A workers wearing "Back the Blue" shirts and claim the company distributed them to employees as a response to recent protests over police brutality.
The photo is outdated and was taken in 2015 at one Chick-fil-A location in Texas. There are some conflicting reports about whether the shirts were also meant to honor local police officers, but the company repeatedly said the shirts were made to solely support a local high school football team.
But the shirts were not distributed to Chick-fil-A employees across the country as a response to the current protests. We rate this False.
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