JD Wetherspoon pub chain has been forced reply to hundreds of customers online after a spoof site said it had banned its staff from wearing poppies in its pubs.
A tweet was sent from a fake profile on October 23 and said: "Due to the ever expanding multi-culturalism of our clientele and employees this year our staff will not be wearing the poppy while working."
It was shared hundreds of times and sparked many replies.
The official Twitter account was forced to issue a statement, and is now replying to hundreds of customers.
It said: "Yet again the spoof Wetherspoon twitter account @Wetherspoon_UK has crossed the line with its distasteful and insensitive tweet about the wearing of poppies.
"J D Wetherspoon is in no way connected with this Twitter account and neither shares nor condones its posts. In our opinion, although the unofficial spoof account is stated to be a parody account, tweets like this are simply not funny."