WHOA Newsletter - August 18, 2008
August 18, 2008
I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .I'd hate to be the ad agency who did this
Sweet Home Alabama...England?
Council chiefs in Birmingham were left red-faced when they mistakenly used a picture of their U.S. namesake in Alabama on thousands of official leaflets.
Pamphlets about recycling in the West Midlands bore an image showing the skyline of the city in the Deep South.
Under the headline "Thank You Birmingham!," the picture showed office blocks in the U.S. city, rather than its own distinctive Rotunda tower and the curvy Selfridges store.
The council said it had made a mistake, but had no plans to recall the leaflets.
"We accept that the wrong photo was used but the text and detail contained in the leaflet is wholly correct which is the most important message as we strive to further improve our green credentials," the council said Thursday.
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