South Carolina mom Cara Koscinski was thrilled when her son graduated from his high school homeschooling program with a 4.79 GPA, but his graduation party didn’t quite go as planned.
According to a post by the mom on Facebook, her son was “humiliated” when he saw the cake she’d ordered for him from their local Pulbix grocery store.
It was intended to congratulate the teen for graduating Summa Cum Laude, meaning “highest honors” in Latin.
But instead, Publix decided to censor out the word “cum” because it was considered to be “profanity.”Cara Koscinski/Facebook
Koscinski wrote on Facebook:
How utterly ridiculous and I will be speaking to a manager for a refund. Shame on you Publix for turning an innocent Latin phrase into a total embarrassment for having to explain to my son and others (including my 70 year old mother) about this joke of a cake. My son was humiliated!!! I seriously couldn’t make this crap up!!!!
The mom ordered the cake online and noticed that the system had censored out the “profane” word, so she left a note about the Latin meaning.
But apparently, it went unnoticed why the cake decorators.Cara Koscinski/Facebook
Her son, Jacob, said it was an awkward moment when they opened the box up at the party. He told WDSU:
“The cake experience was kind of frustrating and humiliating because I had to explain to my friends and family like what that meant. And they were giggling uncontrollably. At least, my friends were.”
Koscinski said that in the future, Publix should make whatever every cakes customers requests.
The mom told People:
“I do think that the censorship of it all is absolutely ridiculous. Just to assume that every time you use the word c-u-m it means one thing is absolutely ridiculous.”
It’s unclear if the mom ever received a refund for her $70 cake.