Shamrock vs. Clover

Guinness got the shamrock wrong.

You might already know the difference, but for those that don’t know the difference between a clover and a shamrock, they may look the same but they are not the same especially for St. Patty’s Day. The clover usually is known to have four leafs and the shamrock is the true Ireland symbol. It strictly has three leaves.

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 2.28.54 PM

An ad on Toronto’s subway system shows the Canadian leaf for the March 16th foliage the day before St. Patty’s, and then next to it is a four-leaf clover. People were really shocked that of all brands to get the shamrock wrong was Guinness, an Irish dry stout beer that originated in Dublin.

Gareth O’Connell was the one that told Guinness was very fast to respond and got the sign taken down right away and apologized for the mistake. “It was in the excitement of getting ready for next week.”

The way Guinness handled everything is how it should be when there is a mistake. This is a holiday where everyone is Irish today and a lot of people drink a lot. About 13 million pints of Guinness will be consumed for St. Patrick’s Day so Guinness wants to make sure that they don’t offend or piss off their customers by their advertisement.