WEST ASHLEY, SC-- A South Carolina high school grad had a not-so-sweet surprise on his graduation cake. The local Publix grocery store thought his honors were inappropriate.
Bill Burr has the story.
The signs of a graduation party are still left around the house of the Koscinski family. Jacob graduated Saturday with the highest honors from a Christian-based homeschooling program. So his mom ordered a cake.
Mom Cara Koscinski said, "He did not know we were getting a cake because he is not a big cake eater. So we were all standing there waiting to see it and when we opened it, it was a huge shock to all of us."
Koscinkski explained how she ordered the 3/4 inch sheet cake online through Publix.
But when she requested the bakery include Jacob's honor, she was alerted profane or special characters weren't allowed. Cara clarified her request with special instructions.
"The website had censored me and this is a website that you can refer to for the Latin term for Summa Cum Laude which means highest honors."
Cara said when her husband picked up the cake from Publix on Savannah Highway and Main Road,
he didn't know the bakery omitted the middle Latin word. it was replaced with hyphens.
Jacob said, "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."
The Koscinski's said a manager from Publix apologized and offered a refund.
For now, they' re nibbling on the leftover dessert, and looking forward to Jacob's freshman year at Wingate University.
"It's fine for us to be compensated for the cake. We're just happy that our son graduated school and has a bright future."
Jacob plans to major in pre-med when he heads to school in the fall.
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