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No, Whataburger is NOT Closing All Stores By February, 2018 — Prank

by Brett M. Christensen

According to a post that is going viral on social media, popular US fast food restaurant WhataBurger will be closing all its stores as of February 2018. 

But,  US burger lovers will no doubt be pleased to hear that the claims in the post are untrue. Whataburger is not closing down.

In fact, the message is just a silly prank. If you click on the post you will be taken to a prank website that informs you that “you got owned” and urges you to create your own prank using a template on the site.

However, many people share such posts without clicking on the link and thus believe the story and never realise that they have been “owned”.

Whataburger has confirmed that the closing claims are untrue via a message on its Facebook Page, which notes:

An article is being circulated stating that Whataburger will be closing all stores. This article is a hoax, and we aren’t going anywhere.

Very similar pranks have targetted other fast food outlets, including McDonald’s and Dunkin Donuts.

An Example of the Prank Message:

Whataburger Closing Down Prank Message

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,