After graduating his Christian-based home school program with a 4.89 grade point average, Jacob Koscinski's family threw him a big party this past Saturday. Family came in from out of town to fete the 18-year-old on his accomplishment and his mother, Cara, ordered a cake online from the local Publix supermarket near Charleston, South Carolina, requesting a custom inscription on top reading, "Congrats Jacob! Summa Cum Laude class of 2018." However, because the Publix bakery's custom cake ordering system is automated, the order form took issue with the word "cum," mistaking it for an obscenity rather than the Latin word for "with" in the phrase "with the highest distinction," as it was intended.
Instead, the form showed the message reading "Summa - - - Laude," with three dashes replacing the three letter word in question. Because the form refused her request citing "profane/special characters not allowed," Koscinski attempted to clear up the misunderstanding by explaining in the "special instructions" box what exactly Summa Cum Laude means, and why it's not profane. Then she submitted the order.
On the day of the party, Koscinski asked her husband to pick up the cake. But when he returned and they opened box, the cake read -- you guessed it -- "Congrats Jacob! Summa - - - Laude Class of 2018."
That's when things got super uncomfortable.