Articles and posts saying “Alex from Target” was fired from his job are fake.
A Photoshopped image of the teen shows him on the front page of a bogus-looking newspaper, saying he got fired from his job.
A number of users on Twitter were retweeting the image with sad face emojis and were lamenting his fate.
But it’s entirely fake.
After that, satirical website Huzlers.com posted a fake news article saying he was fired.
It says: “It is being reported that ‘Alex from Target’ was fired from his job at Target upon arriving at work after school Monday around 4:00 P.M. Sources say his rapid rise to fame was the cause.”
The bunk article also said, “After being fired, Alex reportedly began to cry and scream “how am I supposed to stay famous if I’m not going to be Alex from Target anymore!” We are deeply sorry for Alex for Target, or rather now, Alex From Nowhere. What do you think about Alex’s supervisors decision? Tweet “#AlexFromNowhere” on Twitter with your opinion.”
According to a disclaimer on the bottom of the Huzlers page, it’s “satire.”
“Huzlers.com is a combination of real shocking news and satirical entertainment to keep its visitors in a state of disbelief,” it reads.
Regarding his employment status, the Huffington Post got a response from Target about Alex’s viral fame.
“Imagine our surprise yesterday when one of our Target team members managed to flood the Internet with images of red and khaki without even trying,” Molly Snyder, a spokeswoman for Target, told the website. “We are proud to have a great team, including #AlexFromTarget.”
Meanwhile, Alex wrote about his fame: “Now i have to change my number…”
“You guys are amazing… goodnight,” added another. “So many followers,” he also said.