A TikTok video claiming to show the smallest Tim Hortons in Canada, purporting to be in Nunavut, is being called out as a hoax spreading false information.
The video shows a tiny building with a Tim Hortons sign on it. But it's not a cafe or doughnut shop at all.
“I think I found the world record smallest Tim Hortons in Canada,” the person in the video says, as it pans the minuscule building. The clip was originally uploaded in November and has since racked more than 600,000 views.
People in the comments section were quick to point out that the building is actually part of Peel Regional Police’s Children’s Safety Village.
“That’s a children’s safety village. Nunavut is in the GTA now,” wrote one user mockingly.
“I’m from Nunavut and we don’t even have a Tim’s building on its own it’s a self serve timmies LOL nice try,” wrote another.
The mock Tim Hortons is part of an educational centre, located in Brampton, designed to look like a real intersection. The centre teaches younger citizens about safety tactics, like crossing the road and paying attention to traffic signals. The fake coffee shop is meant to give the impression of a real intersection.
“The fake road outside is meant for the kids to see and play and experience what it’s like to be out on the road when you’re not actually on the road,” Cst. Sarah Patten with Peel Regional Police told Yahoo Canada News.
— Peel Children’s Safety Village (@PRPVillage) June 9, 2017
Patten says she doesn’t understand why the TikTok user would claim that it’s a real coffee shop, located in the North.
“Every time you turn around someone’s putting out false information,” she says.
Tim Hortons recently announced it would be revamping its Rewards program.
Starting Feb. 21, the program will shift from the item-based system introduced in 2020 to a value-based system, where customers will earn 10 points for each dollar spent at the coffee and doughnut chain. Under the previous program, customers earned a fixed 10 points per purchase.