Philadelphia, PA – A Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) employee celebrating his 25th anniversary with the agency was surprised to see the cake a local bakery made to commemorate his achievement was emblazoned with words mocking his profession.
Tina Jones said she commissioned the cake from The Bakery House in honor of her friend’s milestone, WPVI reported.
Jones included a photo of a PPD badge with her order, which includes the verbiage “Honor, Integrity, Service.”
But when Jones brought the cake to her friend’s office so he could celebrate with his coworkers, the honoree realized that the badge on his cake read “Coffee, Corruption, Donuts” instead, WPVI reported.
“I wanted to cry because I’m like, ‘I can’t believe they did this,’” Jones told the news outlet. “That’s so humiliating to put on someone’s cake who is serving 25 years and in a not-so-easy job.”
The bakery’s owner, Sandy Stauffer, said the patch that ended up being printed on the cake was a horrible mistake and that the decorator had no idea the image she’d used contained the offensive words.
Stauffer explained the decorator was looking for a crisper image of the badge online because she wanted a clearer, less-blurry photo than the one Jones had provided with her order.
She quickly located what she said she believed was an identical badge, printed it out, and used it to decorate the cake, the bakery owner said.
“It was a mistake,” Stauffer wrote in a Facebook post on Monday. “One of my decorators did not see the fine print and placed a disrespectful image on the cake. She believed she was choosing a crisper/clearer image. In her haste, it was an image that had been manipulated. No one caught the mistake.”
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