Condoms, porkies and malfunctioning spell checkers: worst PR blunders

Working in PR can often be fun and rewarding, but there are times when things go wrong. Comically so. We asked our Twitter followers about the biggest PR blunders they had witnessed...

Kicking off with an attempted swindle, we’re not really sure how the PR thought they’d get away with this one.

Apparently, there are people who don't know how to use Google or the ‘reply all’ button...

"Frustrated at the lack of response to a complaint to a company I decided to contact its PR department about both the complaint and lack of response. My email began "I'm a freelance journalist and write for The Guardian, Times etc....", then I outlined the issue and the fact I was considering writing a story. The company (a high street retailer) had a few email addresses for PR people/agencies so I included them all. The person who picked it up replied, copying everyone in so I got an email saying 'Can you look into Emma Lunn? Is she who she says she is?'"

The importance of proof-reading must never be underestimated, even when covering the most straightforward subjects...

Especially when you're promoting a high-profile recording artist...

Even the head of the PRCA isn't immune from some outrageously comical PR suggestions...

Sean Bell proved that it's not just the PRs who tell porkies...

He also discovered the disadvantage of having a client specialising in insulation...

Hey, if you're going to get misquoted, you might as well do it in style...

And finally. If there’s one rule in PR, it’s that technology will ALWAYS fail at the most inappropriate time...

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