Was There a Potential COVID-19 Outbreak at a Las Vegas Strip Club?

A typically-false post from the “satirical” blog World News Daily Report (WNDR) got a bigger boost than usual online after being shared by an entrepreneur.

The post delivered a characteristically lurid “story” about a COVID-19 outbreak involving a strip club in Las Vegas:

Helen “Bunny” Lagrande, 26, and eighteen clients of the Red Baron, a local Las Vegas strip club, have been hospitalized after a Friday night performance.

Lagrande performs her squirting show 3 times a week but it appears that she lost control that night and accidentally sprayed several clients.

“Usually she doesn’t squirt as far, it just drips down onto the stage, but this time it went up 30 feet in the air, hit the ceiling fan and covered the whole floor,” Red Baron patron Zoe Pitt told reporters.

While WNDR’s output typically circulates around social media anyway, this post got extra traction after David Grutman, who has founded various restaurants and nightclubs in Miami, shared it to Twitter on August 19 2020. It has now been shared thousands of time.

Besides the outlandish quotes and made-up details — for example, the “story” is attributed to KCWQ, which is actually a television station in Palm Springs, not Las Vegas — WNDR’s post carries its standard disclaimer for readers willing to scroll to the bottom of the page:

World News Daily Report assumes all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people – are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any person, living, dead or undead, is purely a miracle.