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CHARLESTON, S.C. — A South Carolina woman isn't happy a grocery store censored her honor graduate son's cake, which was supposed to include the Latin phrase "Summa Cum Laude."

Cara Koscinski told The Post and Courier of Charleston she ordered a cake online from Publix that was supposed to say "Congrats Jacob! Summa Cum Laude class of 2018."

She says the online message box did not like the word "cum," the Latin word for "with." The computer marked it as a naughty word and substituted three hyphens.

Koscinski said she then filled in a box for special instructions, explaining the Latin word and placed the $70 order. Another family member picked up the cake, not knowing what it was supposed to say. It came with the hyphens.

She says the store gave her a refund and a gift card when she complained.

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  • hah406
    May 22, 2018 at 10:47 a.m.

    More uneducated idiots.

  • DoubleBlind
    May 22, 2018 at 10:52 a.m.

    Wow...just...wow

  • KnuckleBall
    May 22, 2018 at 11:10 a.m.

    This country continues going backwards... !!!!!

  • dumblikeme
    May 22, 2018 at 12:28 p.m.

    So their automated online ordering system censored the word (understandably) and replaced it with dashes, then the workers failed to read the special instructions and instead wrote what the computer told them to.

    Then the consumer and the news media turned a simple mistake into an abhorration of justice.

  • DoubleBlind
    May 22, 2018 at 12:52 p.m.

    It’s not understandable that the word was omitted; it’s a valid Latin phrase. It should never have been censored. The woman even explained it in the space on the order form. She should have received a cake with the complete phrase spelled out. Her complaint is perfectly valid and the refund well deserved.

  • RBBrittain
    May 22, 2018 at 1:03 p.m.

    @DoubleBlind: Computers can be literal like that; I've seen movie message boards block part of Alfred Hitchcock's last name as inappropriate, and the ADG comment system also auto-blocks some naughty words. It's the result of both bakery workers ignoring the special instructions (why her complaint was indeed valid) and social media magnifying every mistake.

  • LRCrookAttorney
    May 22, 2018 at 1:08 p.m.

    dumblikeme...enough said! This should never happen and the PC world is an absolute disgrace.

  • GeneralMac
    May 22, 2018 at 1:47 p.m.

    haha406 says............" more uneducated idiots"

    But you liberals want them rewarded with an increase in the minimum wage ?
    EVERYONE....entitled ..........to a livable wage ?

  • Illinoisroy
    May 22, 2018 at 3:15 p.m.

    the south is going to rise again!

  • itryed
    May 22, 2018 at 4:34 p.m.

    Mac, Summa Cum Idiot

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