At best this case would be an example of bad implementation of technology, and laziness or inability to handle technology encompassing Latin. At worst, the case involves a dedicated attack on free speech. When I first heard about it, it seemed easily explainable by ignorance (not all bakers are Latin speakers – or graduates) but when I found it it was algorithm-driven, I became a bit more concerned.
This prima facie (yet another Latin phrase) case exudes a 1st Amendment smell, but on closer examination it’s more than likely a simply case of laziness(by the customer). The evidence:
- It was ordered online.
- The order was corrected – the error was seen before checkout, or should have been seen before the order was placed.
- The order was conveniently picked up by someone other than the order-placer.
- The cake was picked up, paid for, and the trap was set.
- The trap was followed by an outraged post on Facebook, detailing every bit of the journey (including the unfortunate screenshot of the warning).
Clearly, this is an example of a Gotcha setup, or simply an example of what happens when you let small children order cakes online? Maybe we need to implement tight regulations for Internet activity – like an Internet Driver’s License? Regardless, look for more outrageous activity like this in the future – they do it for the LOLs, and LIKEs. 👎