Selfridges has apologised for describing Manchester’s famous worker bee emblem as a wasp on its merchandise.
The corporate gaffe was discovered on a ceramic mug being sold on the store’s website.
The company said there was a copy error online which had now been corrected.
Appearing on the mug, the bee motif symbolised the city’s solidarity after the Manchester Arena bomb attack in May.
A company spokeswoman said: “There was a copy edit error when uploading the product to our website”.
She said the error “has now been rectified, and will be visible when the website reloads overnight”.
“We’d like to thank BBC Manchester for bringing this to our attention and would like to apologise for any offence caused.”
But the blunder has already drawn a scathing reaction from Mancunians on social media.
“Oh dear obviously some bod in London didn’t check their facts,” said Paula Collins.
“The only mugs are the ones who will buy this don’t get stung by them cashing in on MCR,” added Bill Shepherd.
The bee has been incorporated into a host of logos in the city from renowned brewers Boddingtons to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salford.
Meanwhile, some people have attacked Selfridges citing that the company has a hidden agenda. “As no funds are going to charity (as far as I can tell) this is profiteering from tragedy at its worst.
“Should be goddamn ashamed of themselves – The “wasp” thing is almost certainly on purpose to garner attention”, Matt AVFC tweeted.
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