Lancashire baker's gingerbread '˜person' row takes biscuit...

A customer at a Lancashire bakers thought the shop was really taking the biscuit after she asked for a simple gingerbread man.

Monday, 21st May 2018, 11:47 am
Updated Monday, 21st May 2018, 12:16 pm
'Gingerbread man' or 'gingerbread person'?
'Gingerbread man' or 'gingerbread person'?

She was told by JL Bean in Cleveleys, near Blackpool, that it wasn’t a gingerbread man – it was, in fact, a gingerbread person and that was how they had to be advertised.

The shopper’s exasperation boiled up on social media.

A post by the woman’s husband, Jeff Dugdale, led to more than 100 reactions, some of them expressing indignation at how far such restrictions had gone.

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Paul and Charmaine Lewis of JL Bean bakers

Jeff said in his post: “Seemingly now you have to call gingerbread men ‘gingerbread persons’ when ordering.

“As far as I can see there is no law in place for this type of PC nonsense.”

But Paul Lewis, boss of the long-established bakers, one of the oldest businesses on Cleveleys high street, says it is no more than a storm in a teacup because it was nothing to do with political correctness.

He said: “My wife just put this little ‘gingerbread persons’ label on them as a whim, and that was last year.

“It was never anything to do with political correctness and we’ve not really had any comeback until now.

“I noticed the comments on Facebook and most of them were quite jokey but I was surprised at how seriously some of the people were taking things. I think maybe there’s been a bit of a misunderstanding.”