When Stuart Boyd received his travel document from the passport office, he was in for a nasty surprise.
The Salford, U.K., man was appalled after opening his passport book to see he looked like a doppelganger of Adolf Hitler.
The 50-year-old applied for a passport on May 22, intending to go for a Greek island vacations with his friends. The document, as promised, arrived exactly a week later, yet there was a notable difference in his photograph.
An apparent play of shadows made it seem the clean-shaven Boyd had a trademarked toothbrush mustache — which made him look a dead ringer for the German dictator.
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Boyd, a former paramedic who now works at a public transport company, said he was "angry" and "distraught" when he saw the photo.
“I just thought, ‘Oh, for God’s sake, I have to have this for 10 years and they can’t even get it right,” said Boyd. “I wasn’t really sure of the process of how to change it so I posted a picture of it on Facebook.”
His friends, however, did not share in his horror and were quick to rub salt into Boyd’s wound.
“That is Heil-arious!” a friend, Ruth Armstrong Carooppunnen, posted on Stuart’s Facebook page.
Another friend, Glenn Hughes, commented: “What’s the problem? It looks al-Reich to me.”
Stymied, Boyd phoned his sister who “just started laughing, she said to me, 'Oh come on, you’ve got to see the funny side,'" said Boyd.
Boyd finally did see the funny side but he still contacted the Passport Office to let them know of the issue — something that he should have done rather than posting his picture on social media for ridicule.
“To be fair, the woman was very pleasant and helpful.” Boyd said. “She said they obviously didn’t intentionally make me look like Adolf Hitler and told me to send it back so they can issue a new one.”
The Passport Office stated all U.K. passports are created with “exacting standards” and they will investigate the incident.
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