A Missouri Family's Photo ends up as Czech Billboard

Danielle Smith had been so proud of the family photo with her husband and their two smiling children taken by a photographer friend, Gina Kelly, that she had not only sent it out as a Christmas card, but also posted it on her blog and other social networking sites. The photo, which Smith posted in high resolution, got reposted and ended up as an advertisement for a grocery store in the Czech Republic.

Danielle Smith had been so proud of the family photo with her husband and their two smiling children taken by a photographer friend, Gina Kelly, that she had not only sent it out as a Christmas card, but also posted it on her blog  and other social networking sites.

The photo, which Smith posted in high resolution, got reposted and ended up as an advertisement for a grocery store in the Czech Republic. A family friend noticed while traveling a few weeks ago and sent them a photo.

Mario Bertuccio, who runs the Grazie store in Prague, was as shocked as the family, he said he found the image on the Internet and thought it was computer-generated. He has promised to remove it and email an apology to the Smiths – and said if they lived nearer he would send them "a bottle of good wine".

—Kathleen Davis
Assistant Editor