Viral photo of Visit KC tourism sign is a prank
Monday afternoon, Kansas City turned into the butt of many Twitter jokes after a photo of a sign with an unfortunate misspelling went viral.
Ouch. It was shared by You Had One Job, a parody account with more than 508,000 followers, along with this message: "Welcome to Kansas."
Double ouch. Within hours, the image had been retweeted more than 1,000 times and favorited by more than 3,000 people. It also made the rounds on Facebook.
Let's just say it inspired some creative cracks on Twitter, like "You may just be passing through, but we'll get you in the end."
Sorry to be a party pooper, but the photo really is fake. That's according to Visit KC spokesperson Derek Klaus, who said it "has been doctored to include a misspelling where there is none."
One posted: "That's disappointing. Hey, @_youhadonejob1, I like your Twitter feed, but altering a pic to make it look like KC tourism messed up isn't cool. Plus, the humor disappears if I suspect your pics are fake. Please consider removing this pic and not using fake ones anymore."
Klaus shared an image of the actual sign, which reads "25 million visitors annually," noting that the same silver car was in the background.
Some Kansas Citians stood up for their hometown and Visit KC.
Katie Leas, digital marketing manager for Visit KC, also shared a different angle of the actual sign.
If the saying "there's no such thing as bad publicity" holds true, then the prank had good timing: It's National Travel & Tourism Week.
A helpful note to anyone who's thinking about visiting Kansas City: There are two cities, one in Missouri and another in Kansas. And this sign is not in Kansas, like the original prankster said.
You had one job.