Customers of Fighting Cocks pub left bewildered by link to casual sex website

Customers who think they are logging onto a website for The Fighting Cocks pub in Middleton St George find themselves at this sex services site

Customers who think they are logging onto a website for The Fighting Cocks pub in Middleton St George find themselves at this sex services site

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by , Reporter (Darlington)

CUSTOMERS trying to visit the website of The Fighting Cocks pub are getting more than they bargained for as the link is being used to advertise sex services.

John Bell, who manages the pub at Middleton St George, near Darlington, said he is receiving about ten phone calls a day from bewildered customers who follow an online link to the hostelry, only to find themselves at a site offering services including casual sex and adult affair dating.

Mr Bell is managing to see the lighter side of the situation and joked: “If I was selling that kind of thing I’d be loaded!

“We only found out about it when customers started coming in and telling us. You’ve got to see the funny side, but it can be quite embarrassing if people bring it up in a restaurant full of people.”

Mr Bell’s enquiries have led him to the owner of the website domain name, based in Hampshire, who believes that the sex services website was created in the Canary Islands.

The Fighting Cocks did not previously have its own website so the domain name thefightingcockspub.co.uk was available for anybody to buy.

But the trouble is that all the contact details for the pub appear under the link so anybody opening it would have no reason to suspect that it will lead them to a sex site.

Mr Bell has sought advice from a computer expert and is working with his contact in Hampshire to try and buy back the domain name and use it as the home for a genuine website for the pub.

He said: “It is a bit of a strange one, we don’t really know where to go next. We can’t do anything with the authorities until someone makes an official complaint and we’re not at that stage.

“It is funny on one hand, but then we’ve had a customer who works for Orange and when he logged onto the site at work he got dragged into the office because of its content.

“It’s getting people into trouble!”

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6:26am Wed 2 Apr 14

Ian James says...

I think it's a good gimmick for them and even the pretence of offering extra behind the bar services, will have people popping in for a nice pint of hand-pull n to see what other kind of nice pulls their offering. Coz, a c--k in one hand is certainly worth two in the bush!!.........Oh Aye!!! lol.
I think it's a good gimmick for them and even the pretence of offering extra behind the bar services, will have people popping in for a nice pint of hand-pull n to see what other kind of nice pulls their offering. Coz, a c--k in one hand is certainly worth two in the bush!!.........Oh Aye!!! lol. Ian James
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8:37am Wed 2 Apr 14

Ally F says...

Thank you Ian, you've made your point, thrice. Cheap self publicity stunt if you ask me.

Easy for the pub website to register a different domain name representing 'two duelling poultry birds' that was not quite so literally ambiguous with a 'homosexually gratutious act....'
Thank you Ian, you've made your point, thrice. Cheap self publicity stunt if you ask me. Easy for the pub website to register a different domain name representing 'two duelling poultry birds' that was not quite so literally ambiguous with a 'homosexually gratutious act....' Ally F
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9:22am Wed 2 Apr 14

sorrybutyoujustwastedfivesecondsofyourlifedecipheringthisname says...

That's not a 'sex services site'. It's a generic parking page with ads relating to the domain.

The reason the contact details appear below the link is because someone has manually entered it as the domain name for the pub under Google Businesses. The owner can click the 'Are you the business owner?' link within Google Maps and verify by post to make amendments.
That's not a 'sex services site'. It's a generic parking page with ads relating to the domain. The reason the contact details appear below the link is because someone has manually entered it as the domain name for the pub under Google Businesses. The owner can click the 'Are you the business owner?' link within Google Maps and verify by post to make amendments. sorrybutyoujustwastedfivesecondsofyourlifedecipheringthisname
  • Score: 7

9:28am Wed 2 Apr 14

cupid stunt says...

they used to have the same trouble at the dog inn
they used to have the same trouble at the dog inn cupid stunt
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9:31am Wed 2 Apr 14

sorrybutyoujustwastedfivesecondsofyourlifedecipheringthisname says...

cupid stunt wrote:
they used to have the same trouble at the dog inn
I hear the Golden **** suffered a similar fate.

Less said about Hole in the Wall the better.
[quote][p][bold]cupid stunt[/bold] wrote: they used to have the same trouble at the dog inn[/p][/quote]I hear the Golden **** suffered a similar fate. Less said about Hole in the Wall the better. sorrybutyoujustwastedfivesecondsofyourlifedecipheringthisname
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5:37pm Wed 2 Apr 14

chapmansheader says...

Whatever you do, don't do as I did a few years ago when trying to book football tickets and search "Man City" Truly shocking.
Whatever you do, don't do as I did a few years ago when trying to book football tickets and search "Man City" Truly shocking. chapmansheader
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