Expressway Authority threatens to sue those who edit and share “Welcom” sign

After the Expressway Authority of Thailand put up an embarrassingly error-filled sign to “Welcom” participants at this week’s APEC Summit in Bangkok, the agency is attempting to limit the fallout from their mistake by threatening to take legal against those who share edited images of the sign, which quickly became a popular meme online. 

The Expressway Authority issued a statement Thursday morning stating that anybody who was caught doctoring images of the sign and sharing them would be sued.

“As of today, there are still people who have retouched and edited images, including forwarding such images, with the logo of the Expressway Authority of Thailand, intentionally or unknowingly causing damage to the Expressway,” read part of the statement.

The letter also requests that anyone who has done such things delete the images within 24 hours or face legal consequences.

On Monday, an LED welcome sign for the APEC meeting seen along the Chalong Rat Expressway went viral for featuring the word “Welcome” spelled as “welcom”. It also featured the flags of G20 countries instead of those belonging to APEC.

Many were quick to share the image soon many folks were sharing photoshopped images making further fun of the sign.

One such photoshop that has already been widely disseminated edited the welcoming message to say “Hello welcome have room have condom have KY Good takecare do everything”. Oddly enough, it was the example shown in the issuing statement.

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