On Thursday, May 24, the BBC posted an article titled ‘Man spotted defecating on sofa in Manchester furniture store’, before swiftly deleting the article and accompanying tweet a few hours later. Posting the screenshot online, media editor at The Guardian Jim Waterson said: “Well that BBC editorial meeting must have been fun.”
In another screenshot, someone revealed a line in the original article, which read: “Ms Quinn said she had ‘prayed it was chocolate spread’, adding ‘I was mortified. It was the biggest human poo I think I have ever seen’.”
The article continued: “I will not be touching chocolate spread for a long time.”
Further down in the article, another worker at the furniture store in question said: “It was on our new easy clean range, so really, he couldn’t have picked a better sofa to do it on.”
The BBC is now being mocked online for the removal of the article, with one user commenting: “I would be the person in that meeting pounding my fist on the table and shouting the people have a right to know!”
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The tweet has received hundreds of likes online.
The original article was promoted on their social media channels, but has quickly been replaced with a quote tweet stating: “This article is no longer available for reasons of taste and decency.”