Someone at an unnamed British company based in Dorset made a pretty big mistake when they were putting together collectible coffee mugs for England’s World Cup team. Instead of using a photograph of Manchester United’s center back Chris Smalling, they used a picture of Barack Obama.
The Daily Mail Tweeted out the two men to see if there’s a real resemblance.
— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) June 23, 2014
The distributor of the mugs has updated the description of the mugs to attempt to explain what happened. Wholesale Clearance UK wrote that the unnamed source company “was given the seemingly easy job of sourcing royalty free pictures of each England squad player to use on the England mugs … they passed this onto to their young, bright eyed and bushy tailed new apprentice.”
They continued, “the apprentice claims that he used that well known search engine, Google, to source the pictures. The thing is he’s more of a rugby fan and not very clued up on football. Suffice to say that when he Google image searched ‘Chris Smalling’ he copied the first picture he liked the look of and the result was that the President of the United States has ended up on an England cup instead of the English defender.”
Now the website gleefully describes the items as a “Clearance Lot of wonderfully mistaken Chris Smalling England cups.” That’s one way to make lemonade.