A South Carolina mom said an innocent phrase in Latin was turned into an embarrassing graduation cake.
Cara Koscinski said she ordered a $70 cake from a Publix in Charleston for her son, Jacob, who was graduating Summa Cum Laude with a GPA of 4.79.
When she tried to enter the message "Congrats Jacob! Summa Cum Laude Class of 2018" on the cake, the online ordering page gave the message "Profane / special characters not allowed."
In the special instructions, Koscinski explained that the system was mistaking part of the phrase for something inappropriate, but that her son was graduating with highest honors.
However, when Koscinski received the cake, she said the message had been written as "Summa --- Laude," censoring out part of the phrase with hyphens. Another family member who didn't know what the cake was supposed to say picked it up, so Koscinski didn't know until it was home that something wasn't right.
Koscinski said the situation was embarrassing to explain to guests, including her 70-year-old mother.
According to the Associated Press, the store provided her a refund and a gift card due to the incident.
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