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American arts and crafts store Hobby Lobby is closing all its 500 stores – Fake or Real?

An American chain of retail arts and crafts stores “Hobby Lobby” is rumoured to shut down all 500 stores – WhatsApp messages, Facebook posts and online articles!

Citing its CEO David Green’s “letter” or “announcement,” there were multiple rumors that says that Hobby Lobby is closing all of its 500 stores in protest over a federal rule about “secularism and religion.” This information is viral on Facebook and WhatsApp.

This week, the Hobby Lobby newsroom itself released a statement saying that these are just rumors and fake news. They have been forced to do this because of growing inquiries by its customers at their stores as well as their social media page. They have even announced “In fact, the company is experiencing tremendous growth, opening 50 new stores in 2017 with plans to open more in the following years.”

However, In 2012, Hobby Lobby filed a lawsuit over a federal mandate requiring employers to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives, and the company’s founder hinted the chain might have to close if they refused to follow the mandate.

Here are the excerpts of the CEO’s letter, which is a fake letter:

When my family and I started our company 40 years ago, we were working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, assembling miniature picture frames. Our first retail store wasn’t much bigger than most people’s living rooms………… If we refuse to comply, we could face $1.3 million PER DAY in government fines.
Our government threatens to fine job creators in a bad economy.
Our government threatens to fine a company that’s raised wages four years running.
Our government threatens to fine a family for running its business according to its beliefs. It’s not right……… Since you will not see this in the liberal media, please pass this on to all your contacts.
Sincerely,
David Green
CEO and Founder of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

Any organized groups can malign or spread fake news faster in social media and messaging apps like WhatsApp, later it goes viral of course. It’s up to you to fact check before believing everything you receive on these platforms. And, once you find a fake news on any website or Facebook page, try to avoid it forever or just Unlike/Unfollow it and be safe!

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