Delta misses with World Cup tweet

An image showing the score from Monday night’s game between the United States and Ghana showed a giraffe to represent the African country. It doesn’t have giraffes.

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Social media celebrated when United States claimed a 2-1 victory against Ghana, a small country in northwestern Africa, in the World Cup on Monday night. And, of course, somebody screwed up.

This time it was Delta Airlines, which tweeted this image to add a little graphical flair to the score:

The Statue of Liberty represents the United States, while a giraffe stands in for Ghana. One problem: There aren’t any giraffes in Ghana. Giraffes are largely indigenous to southern and eastern Africa.

The mistake is particularly problematic coming from an airline, a company for which one would suspect geographic precision would be of the utmost importance. A few Twitter critics said much the same:

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’

— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) June 17, 2014

You get to Ghana and @delta has sent your luggage to some country that actually has giraffes…

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