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Coca-Cola catches heat for confusing Pittsburgh and Philadelphia

Megan Guza
| Monday, June 19, 2017, 2:06 p.m.

Coca-Cola could use a Pennsylvania geography lesson.

In a Twitter post Sunday, the soft drink giant said Pittsburgh's forecast called for "record heat" followed by "an ice-cold wave of ahhhh." An attached GIF showed a bottle of Cherry Coke zooming over a map of … Philadelphia.

Pittsburgh Twitter didn't take too kindly to Coca-Cola confusing Pittsburgh with cross-state rival Philadelphia, located 300 miles to the east.

Mayor Bill Peduto got involved. He said he was "elected to represent the people of Pittsburgh, not Philadelphia" — a play on the quote that President Trump made when he mentioned Pittsburgh during his explanation for withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate pact.

Some Pittsburghers threatened to switch their cola allegiance or said the slight reinforced why they think Pepsi is better.

A statement from Coca-Cola apologized to their "loyal fans" in both cities:

"We sincerely apologize to our loyal fans in Pittsburgh for using a Philly map in our recent tweet. To our fans in both cities, we promise this error has been corrected. This summer we are exploring innovative, adaptive technologies to serve up personalized content to our fans when the weather heats up, and remind them there's nothing better than sharing an ice-cold Coke. In this case, our map accidentally missed the mark — literally."

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