A British man used a Twitter account to fool a town into thinking he is their mayor. A man going by "James Billington" created the twitter handle @MayorOfStafford with a bio stating he's delighted to be representing the town. He sent his first tweet on March 8th and the town quickly bought into the hoax.
Apparently the role of Mayor in Stafford is largely ceremonial and people don't pay much attention to it.
Faux Mayor Billington staged a ribbon cutting ceremony at the opening of a local theme park, and even passed around buttons bluntly stating, "I'm the Mayor of Stafford."
The Twitter account for Alton Towers Resort replied, thanking the mayor for stopping by the park, but apparently they were in on the joke.
Finally the Stafford Borough Council caught wind of it, and asked Twitter to shut down the fake account. Stafford's real mayor, Angela Loughran, has held role for ten months and she might want to use this opportunity to do a better job getting face time with her constituents.
As one 22-year-old resident told The Daily Mail, "I feel so stupid, I believed [James Billington was mayor.] How many people know the name of their town mayor? There was no reason to disbelieve him."
The @MayorOfStafford Twitter account is still active, and he is continuing to serve his mayoral duties... even if they are just imaginary.