US Fact check: Video shows spilled trash in Australian mall, not ballots from Arizona midterms
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The claim: Video shows Arizona midterm election ballots spilling down an escalator
Social media users continue to claim the midterm elections were stolen, in many casesbuilt on or .
In one recent example, ashows two trash bins tumbling down an escalator, spilling piles of paper.
"Is this Arizona?" reads the text on the screen. "Is this why my ballot wasn't counted?"
The Nov. 16 post's caption includes several hashtags, including, "#arizonaelection" and "#election2022." The post garnered more than 3,000 likes in six days.
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But this video has no connection to Arizona. The footage was filmed in the Highpoint Shopping Centre in Australia, according to the chief customer officer of one of the surrounding stores. It dates back to at least 2020.
USA TODAY reached out to the user who shared the claim for comment.
Video is unrelated to Arizona midterms
The video wason April 28, 2020, and tagged in Maribyrnong, Victoria, which is located in Australia.
"The staff member decided to take 2 bins full of paper up an escalator instead of the lift which was only 100 meters away," reads the video's description. "He lost control of the bins going up the escalator and made a big mess."
Arizona State routs No. 20 Michigan to win Legends Classic
NEW YORK (AP) — Desmond Cambridge Jr. scored 20 points and Arizona State never trailed in blowing out No. 20 Michigan 87-62 on Thursday night to win the Legends Classic at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It was the most lopsided championship game in the event’s 16-year history and Arizona State’s largest margin of victory against a ranked opponent. “I thought it was an elite performance,” coach Bobby Hurley said. “These guys were just — man, they were making plays all over the court. I just kind of told them, I’m kind of in awe of them a little bit. Just kind of took a step back and was watching and just proud of how they competed and performed and made plays out there.
The YouTube video doesn't mention anything about ballots.
The sign for a store named "The Reject Shop" can be seen in the background of the video. The Reject Shop only has locations in Australia,.
"The Reject Shop does not have any stores in the U.S., and this video was taken at Highpoint Shopping Centre in Maribyrnong, Victoria just outside of Melbourne in Australia,", The Reject Shop's chief customer officer, told USA TODAY via email.
The escalators in the Instagram video can also be seen in a 2021 article published by.
Matt Roberts, a Maricopa County Elections Department spokesperson, confirmed via email that the video was not filmed in the county.
No election officials or credible media reports have indicated there were any fraudulent or uncounted votes in Arizona. USA TODAY has debunked an array of Arizona election claims amid the midterm elections, including claims that there were, that the Maricopa County ballot machine glitches were and that the early airing of test data for the gubernatorial race// was an attempt to .
Arizona attorney general's office DEMANDS answers to string of election day problems
Kari Lake's campaign for governor of Arizona was handed a lifeline on Saturday when the state's attorney general's office demanded explanations for election day problems before results are certified.Lake's comment comes after her campaign was handed a lifeline on Saturday when the state's attorney general's office demanded explanations for a string of election day problems before the final results can be certified.
Our rating: False
Based on our research, we rate FALSE the claim that a video shows Arizona midterm election ballots spilling down an escalator. The video was filmed in the Highpoint Shopping Centre in Australia, and it predates the election by at least two years.
Our fact-check sources:
- ViralHog (YouTube video), April 28, 2020,
- The Reject Shop, accessed Nov. 23, s
- Shopping Centre News, Feb. 24, 2021,
- Matt Roberts, Nov. 23, Email exchange with USA TODAY
- , Nov. 23, Email exchange with USA TODAY
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- USA TODAY, Nov. 9,
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