Editor’s note: This is a roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue headlines of the week. None of these stories is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out; here are the real facts:
CLAIM: Minimum wage of $19 at LaGuardia Airport in New York City has resulted in $7 croissants.
THE FACTS: If the croissants at New York’s LaGuardia Airport are excessively pricey at $7 each, it’s not because of an hourly minimum wage of $19. The minimum wage there is currently $13.60 an hour. The topic fueled a debate on social media this week after New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — who supports a federal minimum wage hike — tweeted: “Croissants at LaGuardia are going for SEVEN DOLLARS A PIECE (scream emoji) Yet some people think getting a whole hour of personal, dedicated human labor for $15 is too expensive??” Critics on social media flipped the scenario around. “LaGuardia croissants are $7 BECAUSE it is a govt monopoly w/ $19 min wage,” tweeted Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey passed a minimum wage increase plan for New York-area airports last year. At LaGuardia Airport, minimum wage will increase to $15.60 in September. It will increase to $19 by 2023. The changes cover “nearly 14,000 employees at LaGuardia Airport, from security personnel to concessions employees,” said Alana Calmi, an information officer for the Port Authority. Baked good prices at the airport vary by vendor.
CLAIM: A video posted on Twitter appears to show an Amazon blimp releasing drones to make deliveries.
THE FACTS: A video showing a blimp with the Amazon name and logo dropping drones over Hiroshima Bay near the Japanese island of Itsukushima was fabricated.