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Las Vegas restaurant fighting backlash from false social media post

Posted at 9:03 PM, Jul 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-05 02:37:19-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The power of social media is making times tough for a Las Vegas restaurant after a viral Facebook post that turned out to not be true.

The post said Frankie’s Pizza near Wigwam Parkway and Eastern Avenue was not allowing customers in if they were wearing a mask.

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“We’re doing everything correct over here,” said owner Stephen Howard.

The Facebook post shows a sign on a business saying no masks are allowed in the business, and if you wear one, you will be asked to remove it.

13 Action News tried tracking down the original post but was not able to do so.

Frankie’s Pizza says the storefront pictured in the post is not even theirs, and that the restaurant has been getting hate calls and messages since Monday.

“Right when we opened up, this morning's first phone call was about the mask and the sign,” Howard said.

Howard recently took over the restaurant a few months ago, and this whole ordeal has complicated efforts to get their business off the ground.

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“Come in and mention the sign and we’ll give them 15 percent off because they were coming in,” Howard said.