Twitter was in hysterics when iconic Disney characters were listed to appear before a UK court in what has been explained as an “error”.
On Wednesday, local time, a woman from the UK shared a series of photos to Twitter, questioning what was going on after she found some very recognisable names listed to appear before The Crown Court at Stoke on Trent this Thursday.
“What’s going on at #stoke #crowncourt tomorrow?!” Leisha Bond tweeted.
“Is it someone’s last day?!”
Among those expected to appear in court on Thursday were Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cruella De Vil.
Looney Tunes favourites were also slated to appear including Bugs Bunny and the Road Runner.
Then came the jokes about the iconic characters.
“In previous centuries, these criminals would have been sentenced to be hand-drawn and quartered,” someone quipped.
“It was only a matter of time before that wascally wabbit overstepped the mark,” another person said.
“Love it. Donald should have been up in court years ago,” someone said, to which another person asked if he meant “Duck or Trump”.
— Leisha Bond (@Leisha007) November 11, 2020
Another person listed what they thought the fictional characters would be accused of.
“Road Runner: failure to surrender, dangerous driving. Tinker Bell: theft, possible harassment of Wendy. Buzz: fraud, con artist. Snow White: drug supply, cocaine (obvs). Captain Hook: offensive weapons,” they said.
While a few people said the list had made their day, Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) set the record straight and offered a logical explanation to why the names were listed.
“Sorry for the error - we’ve been testing a new upgrade to our case management system and the names were created as test cases but should have been deleted before the lists were issued/published,” HMCTS tweeted.
“Our local team has updated the final list online, removing the test names/cases.”
Sorry for the error - we’ve been testing a new upgrade to our case management system and the names were created as test cases but should have been deleted before the lists were issued/published. Our local team has updated the final list online, removing the test names/cases.
— HMCTS (@HMCTSgovuk) November 11, 2020
However Ms Bond urged the service to not apologise, saying the comical error was the “best thing that’s happened in law all year!”.
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