SOCIAL media users have hit out at JD Wetherspoons after an announcement was made that they would be banning poppies from being worn by their staff.
However, the message came from a parody account on Twitter that punters mistook for the well-known pub chain.
Getty – Contributor JD Wetherspoons was forced to deny a rumour that it had banned staff from wearing a poppy
The fake message read: “Due to the ever expanding multiculturalism of our clientele and employees this year our staff will not be wearing the poppy while working.”
The message drew lots of retweets and replies from social media users who slammed the pub chain for their disrespect.
Martin Stevens wrote: “Many nations fought were wounded and gave their lives in WW1 so they could have safe haven here. It is in their memory that we wear a poppy.”
Graham Poole replied: “Wtf isn’t it the individuals choice #shamedyou” along with an angry emoji.
Due to the ever expanding multiculturalism of our clientele and employees this year our staff will not be wearing the poppy while working.
— WETHERSP00N_NOT (@Wetherspoon_UK) October 23, 2017
We do support the Poppy Appeal in all of our pubs. Please ignore spoof sites.
– Wetherspoon Official pic.twitter.com/pvmApxvCIN
— J D Wetherspoon (@jdwtweet) October 26, 2017
The real pub chain released a statement in response to the outcry that read: “Yet again, the spoof Wetherspoon twitter account @Wetherspoon_UK has crossed the line with its distasteful and insensitive tweet about the wearing of poppies.
“JD Wetherspoon is in no way connected with this Twitter account and neither shares nor condones its posts.
“In our opinion, although the unofficial spoof account is stated to be a parody account, tweets like this are simply not funny. #digitaltrolls”
The Sun heads to Britain’s biggest Wetherspoons in Ramsgate to see what it’s all about