Innocent dinosaur or is the devil in the details?
Vicky Eckerdt of Queen Creek, Arizona, bought a dinosaur-themed cake for her grandson’s sixth birthday from Superstition Springs Costco in Mesa, Arizona, in November 2014. She believes the legs of the dinosaur decoration wrote out '666' in blue and green frosting.
The number 666 is called the Number of the Beast, a reference to the devil in the New Testament's Book of Revelations.
“I was extremely shocked and upset to see a demonic symbol written clear as day on my 6-year-old son's birthday cake. What was supposed to be a whimsical dinosaur became something very distasteful,” Jessica Eckerdt, the boy’s mother, told Examiner. “I was extremely surprised at Costco for allowing such an inappropriate joke be sold to an unsuspecting victim.”
Costco employee Allison Logsdon contested the family’s claim.
"I work for Costco and was a cake decorator for five years," she said via Facebook. "The dinosaur should have a fourth leg and the feet do not curve into a 6. This is just a poor example of their design and is in no way a reflection of the company."
When contacted, an administrator at the Superstition Springs Costco branch said the store would still make the dinosaur cakes and received an order last week. The store only takes orders for cakes in the store, not online.
The birthday boy, Nash, still got to eat his cake.
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