This Spanish news site posted a claim yesterday that South Korean tech giant Samsung has paid Apple the $1 billion dollars that was recently ruled against them. In nickels. When translated properly, it reads:

USA – This morning arrived more than 30 trucks filled of 5 cents to the HQ of Apple, California. At first glance the security detoured the trucks and they assured they were on the wrong place, but minutes later, Tim Cook (Apple CEO) received a call from Samsung CEO that is the payment method for the recent fine applied against the South Korean company.

Law experts confirm that if court documents do not specify how a company or person is to pay of a judgment he or she can pay in whatever denomination they’d like as long as it is paid off in the currency that is stated in the judgment.


The so-called piece of “news” then traveled across our interwebs (oh trusty interwebs) and even landed on sites such as this and this. Yes, the second link is indeed 9gag. Who wouldn’t try to make a meme out of such blasphemy anyway, right?

Source: 9gag

Some news reports have even took it into their hands to push the new bit a little further by citing quotes from so-called representatives and experts. One even “quoted” the Chairman of Samsung Electronics, Lee Kun-hee himself, where he apparently told the media that his company is not going to be intimidated by a group of “geeks with style” and that if they want to play dirty, they also know how to do it.

The statement also included the following quote, supposedly from the horse’s mouth too:

You can use your coins to buy refreshments at the little machine for life or melt the coins to make computers, that’s not my problem, I already paid them and fulfilled the law.

Lee Kun-Hee

And the best part of all this mumbo-jumbo was the fact was a hoax. Hoax, guys. For starters, the judge hasn’t ruled Samsung’s $1.049 billion dollar fine. Also, we have a strong suspicion that it would take more than just 30 trucks to cart $1.049 billion dollars worth of 5 cents/nickels.

Sure, it sounds like a way fun troll art but c’mon now, don’t be silly.

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