Check out this story from The Associated Press, as Exhibit A:
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Talk about a snow job.
Some residents of a Chicago suburb who remember all too well having to dig out from February’s historic blizzard apparently forgot the date Friday when they reacted angrily to a newspaper report that the city plans to charge for snow removal.
WBBM-AM says the Evanston RoundTable article provoked some irate calls to City Hall, whose staff explained that residents would not be required to pay $2.25 a day for snow removal and pointed out that Friday is April 1. April Fool’s Day.
In a posting on its website, the city announced the article was a spoof and said it was considering forwarding all 311 calls to the RoundTable.
Chicago experienced its third worst winter storm on record Feb. 3, with 20.2 inches of snow.