A Starbucks promotion has been circulating online claiming that Black Lives Matters supporters can get free Frappuccinos but is the ad genuine?

You know what they say, you can’t always believe what you read online.

The internet has always been a place where people can bend the truth.

Just ask every Nigerian prince who’s come emailing for money.

And thanks to social media, we often see offers or discounts or promotions that seem almost too good to be true.

In the midst of the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests, a promotion has been circulating on social media, claiming that coffee giant Starbucks are giving away free Frappuccinos to Black Lives Matters supporters.

However, like many others on the internet, this promotion is also one that’s too good to be true.

Starbucks supposedly offering free Frappuccinos to Black Lives Matter protestors

In recent days, a promotion has been circulating on social media claiming that Starbucks are offering free Frappuccinos to Black Lives Matter supporters.

“The louder you shout, the larger size you’ll get,” the supposed advert said.

The promotion, including accompanying imagery that looks like it could have been taken from any of Starbucks’ social media pages, has certainly caused a stir online.

Many questioned its validity while others were quick to see if the promotion was real.

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The promotion is indeed fake

Unfortunately, for Frappuccino fans, the supposed Starbucks offer which has been circulating on social media is less than genuine.

According to USA Today, the fake promotion originated on the Facebook page of Dan Falconoski where he posted the following:

“Saw this on Twitter and I couldn’t believe if this coupon was real, so I had to go try it myself. I pulled up in the drive thru and calmly said, ‘Black Lives Matter’ The employee said, ‘Thank you, which one would you like today?'”

The post quickly picked up a lot of traction with over 8,000 people reportedly sharing the post.

Since the post went viral, Falconoski returned to Facebook with the following post, explaining that the reason for the post was to show that people will easily jump on a social media bandwagon if free stuff is involved.

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Posted by Dan Falconoski on Thursday, 4 June 2020

Reaction on social media

It’s safe to say that the fake promotion has caused quite a stir online.

While some were aggrieved to discover that the promotion was a hoax, others showed concern at just how easily people will fall for something online.

One Twitter user wrote: “my friend who works at starbucks didn’t know there’s a hoax going around where if someone shouts black lives matter they get a free frappuccino and she thought that’s what they wanted written on the cup and they got upset when they had to pay.”

Meanwhile, one person on Facebook said: “You definitely proved that ppl will say anything to get something.”

And finally, this Twitter user saw the funny side: “Wonder did anyone really go to Starbucks yelling “Black Lives Matter” for that Frappuccino?! I hope they did.”

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