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US Embassy takes issue with brothel over logo

US Embassy takes issue with brothel over 'Presidential' logo

The US Embassy in New Zealand has lodged a complaint with a brothel that uses a logo almost identical to the US Presidential seal.

The Auckland bordello calls itself The White House and used the symbol in a newspaper advert for prostitutes last week.

The advert, which said the brothel was "looking for more ladies to join the day and night shifts", appeared with a logo showing an American bald eagle with a ribbon in its mouth, holding the arrows of war and an olive branch.

The White House general manager Scott McGregor told the paper the establishment had used the logo for almost two years, adding: "It's a universally recognised symbol. I don't think they've got exclusive rights to it."

But an embassy spokeswoman told the Sunday Star-Times: "We believe any likeness of a national government symbol in a commercial advertisement is in extremely poor taste.

"We are sending a letter to the advertiser that expresses our disappointment and displeasure about their choice of symbolism."

Story filed: 10:05 Monday 7th July 2003 http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_797548.html

US Embassy in NZ sees red over brothel called The White House WELLINGTON (dpa) - The US Embassy in New Zealand has lodged a complaint with a local brothel that calls itself The White House, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

After brothels were legalised in New Zealand this month The White House in Auckland, which previously described itself as a massage parlour, advertised for prostitutes in a newspaper advertisement last week.

The ad, which said the brothel was "looking for more ladies to join the day and night shifts", appeared with a logo almost identical to the US presidential seal, showing an American bald eagle with a ribbon in its mouth, holding the arrows of war and an olive branch.

http://www.brunei-online.com/bb/mon/jul7w27.htm

NEW YORK POST July 7, 2003 -- They're looking for hookers to join the staff at the White House. A New Zealand brother, calling itself The White House and using a logo almost identical to the United States presidential seal, is looking for "ladies to join the day and night shifts." The U.S. Embassy isn't amused, but the brothel's general manager, Scott McGregor, insists, "It's a universally recognized symbol. I don't think they've got exclusive rights to it."

http://www.nypost.com/news/worldnews/2570.htm

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