Our staff has said it time and time again— be careful with your April Fool’s Day pranks.
Well, apparently, the Mayor of Beauvias, France is not a frequent reader of PD, because this last April 1st, Mayor Caroline Cayeux got herself into some avoir des ennuis by tweeting about a fictional Ikea opening in her city.
Side note: A politician and Twitter? When has that ever gone wrong before?
Writing that the citizens of Beauvais could expect 4,000 new jobs and that they would be able to forego their long distance, furniture-shopping trips to Lille due to her hard work in securing the chain’s arrival, Cayeux was later forced to apologize, when her constituents actually took her seriously.
Side note: To be honest, we are close to siding with Cayeux on this one. Clearly anyone believing a politician was doing any type of work, much less hard work, must be a glutton for punishment.
“It was not mean,” explained Cayeux. “It was mostly a nod to Ikea that we would like to see happen in Beauvais. Except that many Beauvaisians have seen a promise of employment, and have not really appreciated the joke.” Adding that her sense of humor unfortunately, “Was not shared by everyone.”
Naturally, after being reamed by her humorless constituents, Mayor Cayeux has since submitted an actual proposal to Ikea, which was promptly turned down with the retailer saying that they only open stores in large cities.