Starbucks officials say rumors of discounts for undocumented immigrants on August 11 are untrue.
A report published on the website Eater, and citing Buzzfeed, states members of the website 4chan created a fake event called "Dreamer Day" in which undocumented immigrants could receive 40 percent off food or drinks at Starbucks stores on August 11.
4chan users even "created marketing language and graphics that were designed to look like they were produced by the Seattle-based coffee giant. As Buzzfeed reports, a comment left on the site last Wednesday appears to be the impetus for the hoax, which seems designed to troll immigrants, and those who support progressive immigration policies."
As rumors of "Dreamer Day" at Starbucks spread, the coffee company took to Twitter to respond:
This is completely false. Starbucks is not sponsoring any such event. Please do not spread misinformation.
— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) August 4, 2017
Starbucks Senior Vice President of Global Communications John Kelly told The Associated Press in an email that the rumor is "completely false. One hundred percent fake."