Jacob Koscinski's 70-year-old grandma asked why the Latin word "Cum" in "Summa Cum Laude" was deemed inappropriate by the supermarket chain Publix.

May 22, 2018

Who knew that discretion and censorship in the custom cake industry was so demanding? This was a lesson one mom, Cara Koscinski, learned the hard way when ordering her son, Jacob, a high school graduation cake from a Publix. The proud mom wanted to highlight her son’s impressive 4.79 GPA on a giant sheet cake for friends and family to enjoy, but as it turns out, the grocery store chain believes that the Latin word “Cum” in “Summa Cum Laude” (which means, “with the highest distinction”) has a naughty underlying meaning. The cake decorator felt it best to self-edit the mom's message in the most hilarious way.

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“Ok. I didn’t want to post but I cannot resist. I ordered Jacob’s graduation cake from Publix. A $70 cake!! He earned a 4.79 GPA. Publix refused to write the words Summa Cum Laude because I was using ‘profanity!’ They put three dashes instead of the word!” wrote Koscinski to Facebook.

Get your mind out of the gutter, Publix! This isn’t some raunchy bachelorette cake…we are talking about a prestigious scholarly title, here!

Koscinski continued, “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!!!! Funny-not funny. ?”

Isn’t it ironic how Publix’s initiative to create wholesome treats actually caused a scandal amongst the Koscinski family? We can only imagine any 18-year-old painfully suffering as their mom explains the alternate meaning of “cum” to their grandmother—excuse us as we laugh and cringe at the same time. Better him than us!

According to The Washington Post, despite how delicious the chocolate vanilla cake was, Jacob seemed to have lost his appetite and didn’t even indulge after the whole experience transpired—and we don't blame him. Koscinski did get a $70 refund and a store gift card from Publix to make up for the incident.

We hope this experience doesn’t deter Jacob from achieving Summa Cum Laude in college—we have a feeling his next graduation is going to bring up some PTSD when it comes time to order the cake. May we suggest an ice cream bar instead?


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