Greggs the baker makes light of crude Google search prank

GREGGS ... was the victim of a hacker on Google.

GREGGS ... was the victim of a hacker on Google.

GREGGS the baker was left red-faced today after a crude spoof of its logo went viral on Twitter after appearing prominently placed on a Google search result.

A slogan saying the high street bakery had been “providing **** to scum for over 70 years” appeared on an image on the first page of results shown to anyone searching the company’s name.

Greggs’ Wikipedia page was also targeted this afternoon with a crude message, which was quickly removed.

On its official Twitter feed, the Tyneside-based baker said it was aware of the change and was speaking to Google about it.

Greggs said on Twitter to users who had spotted the logo: “All publicity is good publicity? That’s what they say isn’t it? *weeps alone in a corner*”.

In another it said: “We’ve been working with Google all morning to try and fix it! Hopefully get it sorted soon!!”

Google was not immediately available for comment.

The logo was hosted by the website Uncyclopedia, which reveals it was uploaded by a user called Romartus this morning.

A Greggs spokeswoman said: “We are aware of the abusive logo and have made a formal complaint to Google and asked them to rectify this as a matter of urgency.”

Google and Greggs later swapped banter on Twitter about the issue.

Greggs tweeted a picture of a tray of doughnuts saying: “Hey GoogleUK, fix it and they’re yours!!!”

Google replied with a picture of Homer Simpson eating doughnuts and a message saying: “Sorry Greggs the Bakers, we’re on it. Throw in a sausage roll and we’ll get it done asap.”


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