For a company that flies all around the world, Delta may wanna work on its knowledge of geography.
The airline sent a congratulatory Tweet to the United States World Cup team yesterday after that squad's exciting 2-1 opening round victory over Ghana.
The message included a photo of the Statue of Liberty to represent America and a picture of a giraffe to represent Ghana.
The only problem? Not a single giraffe resides in Ghana.
In fact, Twitter user @dcGisenyi determined that the image used in the Delta Tweet was actually a stock portrait of a giraffe at the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya... which is located 3,000 miles away.
The Tweet was quickly deleted, but not before it became fodder for both humor and anger online.
“I'm guessing that when you book a flight to any of Nigeria or Kenya or the Ivory Coast or Ghana, @Delta tickets just say 'Africa, whatever,’” wrote @bruce_arthur, while @tomgara added:
"Delta social media expert is lining up some *sweet* images of Barcelona for the USA - Portugal game on Sunday."
Delta did apologize for the mistake, as spokeswoman Kate Modolo told The Huffington Post by phone:
"The original tweet was made in the spirit of the World Cup. We apologized for the photo, but at this point it's been replaced and that's where we're at."
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Justine Sacco was axed from her PR job in 2013 for racist Tweets she fired off about AIDS during a trip to Africa. âGoing to Africa. Hope I donât get AIDS. Just kidding. Iâm white!â she wrote. The firestorm erupted immediately and before her flight even landed, she'd gotten the chop.
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"hur and william drove past me on friday n all a got was a shitty wave while she looked the opposite way from me, stupid stuck up cow am a not good enough for them! posh bitch am totally with u on this 1 who reely gives a f*** about hur!"
We don't know if these comments ever got back to hur, but he got the pink slip.
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