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FACT CHECK: Does this photo show a sign banning condoms due to a ‘royal period of mourning’?

A photography shared on facebook JD Wetherspoon allegedly displays a notice from the British pub company saying condom vending machines are out of order due to a “royal period of mourning”.

Verdict: False

There is no evidence that this image represents an actual advertisement for the company. A Wetherspoon spokesperson confirmed to Check Your Fact that the photo is fake.

Fact check:

Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8 at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle, Scotland, according to the New York Post. The queen’s funeral will be held on September 19 after lying in state for four days, the outlet reported.

The Facebook image purportedly shows a notice in a Wetherspoon pub stating that a condom vending machine will not be available due to a “Royal period of mourning. The image has also been shared in Twitter by indie rock band Reverend and the Makers, where it garnered over 700 retweets.

“NOTICE Royal Period of Mourning No sleeves will be dispensed from this condom vending machine until Wednesday, September 21,” reads the caption on the image. “We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding during this time. Thank you.”

“Wetherspoons: Showing Respect,” reads the caption of the Facebook post.

This image is digitally manufactured. Check your fact found no credible news reports confirming that the network made such a poster. Also, this notice does not appear in the company website about the notice or said period of mourning that takes place in their premises.

“It’s false,” a spokesperson for JD Wetherspoon told Check Your Fact by email. (RELATED: Did McDonald’s Put Condoms In 5,000 Happy Meals By Mistake?)

This is not the first time that misinformation related to the recent death of Queen Elizabeth II has been spread. Check Your Fact recently debunked a video that claimed to show the queen throwing food at African children.


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