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Mexican Supermarket Taking 'Donations' for Trump Border Wall

A faked photograph led to accusations that Soriana markets were making customers foot the bill for one of Donald Trump's campaign promises.

Published Nov 17, 2016

A Mexican supermarket chain is adding "donations" for a U.S.-Mexico border wall to its charges.
What's False

The image was a meme generated online and was rebuked by the company.

Not long after Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, an image began circulating online claiming that a Mexican supermarket chain was collecting "donations" toward his proposed border wall between the two countries.

On 10 November 2016, a YouTube video claimed to show a picture of a receipt from a Soriana Hiper market in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon that included a 10-peso charge for an "additional donation [for] Trump wall." The image then spread online, with one version containing the caption:

Look what Soriana is doing. Save the picture and share it before it's deleted.

Soriana, which operates more than 800 stores around Mexico, refuted the picture in a statement released on 15 November 2016, saying the photo in question was false and "tendentiously manipulated":

Soriana statement

The translation reads, in part:

We reaffirm our position and commitment with our country as a 100% Mexican company, as one of the biggest job-generators in the country and with an important business platform for our suppliers and commercial partners. Our commitment has always been and will always be with our country, particularly with the Mexican family economy.

The "Trump wall" receipt was based off of another fake photo that circulated in 2013, accusing the company of charging customers for a "additional donation" to the Teletón, the annual national fundraiser for childrens' healthcare:


One of Trump's campaign promises was that his administration would not only build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but make the latter country pay for it. That statement is still on his campaign website. He has since stated:

It could be some fencing.

However, it should be noted that an unmistakable wall already exists along much of the border between Mexico and the United States.


"Muro de trump esta siendo cobrado en soriana." De Todo Un Poco Consejos Practicos. YouTube. 10 November 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2D1ROTY1SA

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sdpnoticias.com. "Cobran indebidamente Teletón en tickets de compra." www.tolucanoticias.com. 6 November 2013.

Stahl, Lesley. "President-elect Trump speaks to a divided country on 60 Minutes." CBS News. 13 November 2016.

Delano, James Whitlow. "This Is What the U.S.-Mexico Border Wall Actually Looks Like." National Geographic. 4 March 2016.

Arturo Garcia is a former writer for Snopes.