By: Savannah Smith | 05-23-2018 | News
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Store Censors Graduation Cake With “Summa Cum Laude” as Profane

A South Carolina mother was so proud. Her 18-year-old son earned an impressive 4.79 GPA in his Christian-based home program and was headed to North Carolina’s Wingate University later this year on a full scholarship. The mom figured her son’s achievement of finishing high school at the top of his class deserved a celebration and a cake to boot. The cake provider has one job to do to write the congratulatory message on the cake, instead someone- or something- decided to play “censor.”

Those in attendance to the little party the mom threw out for her son Jacob Koscinski got a huge shock when they saw what was written on the cake.

The doting mom, Kara Koscinski, had ordered the cake online through Publix grocery store and requested that it includes the message “summa cum laude” since Jacob emerged at the top of his class.

Unfortunately, Publix’s algorithm apparently judged the middle word as a profane one that it automatically generated three hyphens in its place. It didn’t know, of course, that “cum” in the Latin phrase simply means “with.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Publix supermarket censors &quot;Summa Cum Laude&quot; on high school graduate&#39;s cake because &quot;cum&quot; ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) <a href="">May 22, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>

So the cake that ended up at Jacob’s celebrations bore the message: “Congrats Jacob! Summa—Laude Class of 2018.

Koscinski posted it online and said she finds the $70 cake “utterly ridiculous.”

The mom was certainly fuming because in what should have been a celebratory occasion and an innocent phrase forced her to discuss what could have pushed the cake-provider to edit or censor the message. She said she would be asking the manager for a refund.

She wrote: “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 could not make this crap up!!! Funny- not funny. “

Social media users are also not finding the “censored cake” funny.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I have sucessfully resisted the urge to make this into a 70-tweet joke thread, you&#39;re welcome<a href=""></a></p>&mdash; David Burge (@iowahawkblog) <a href="">May 22, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Let this be a lesson to you kids get an education or end up decorating cakes �� smh just ignorant can’t believe they don’t know the meaning of graduating summa cum laude</p>&mdash; Georgia Brown (@OKCThunder2019) <a href="">May 22, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Ridiculous! Those individuals need to get the dirty thoughts out of their mind. I’d have canceled the order and went elsewhere! Graduation is a HUGE deal!</p>&mdash; Stephany Reese-Hyder (@_StephanyQuinn) <a href="">May 22, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquoteclass="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">So glad I took three years of Latin in high school. If this wasn&#39;t so tragic, I would be ROFLMAO.</p>&mdash; John Rasmussen (@gemlover7476) <a href="">May 22, 2018</a></blockquote> <script asyncsrc="" charset="utf-8"></script>

Koscinski suffered the inconvenience of the edited message even as she left instruction in the field on the online form explaining the meaning of the phrase and also included a site that explained it more fully.

The cake store refunded the mom, and offered a store gift card. The damage has been done, however, with a humiliated Jacob at his own graduation celebration for being the highly-touted class summa cum laude.


Twitter: #MAGA #KeepAmericaGreat! #SouthCarolina #SummaCumLaude #CakeCensorship #FunnyNotFunny

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Matthew No. 26853 2018-05-23 : 02:15

Ha, messed up but haha

Anonymous No. 26858 2018-05-23 : 04:08

Is it "censorship" or is it employees who didn't graduate summa cum laude and don't get paid enough to correct a machine?

Also LMAO "I had to explain porn vernacular to my son who graduated top of the class in 2018"…sure you did lady. Sure you did.

Anonymous No. 26859 2018-05-23 : 04:09

That is the stupidest thing I've ever seen, they should fire the dimwit who did that and give them a free cake with the words they actually asked for

Anonymous No. 26862 2018-05-23 : 04:48

We need more Publix education funding fo dem programs

Anonymous No. 26863 2018-05-23 : 04:51

granulating summa cum loads aint easy

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