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Makassar bakery releases statement over rejected Christmas cake request

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sun, December 24, 2017  /  01:22 pm
Makassar bakery releases statement over rejected Christmas cake request

A traditional chocolate Christmas cake sprinkled with powdered sugar. (Shutterstock/File)

Local news reported on Sunday that a Makassar-based bakery has refused a customer's request to write "selamat hari Natal keluargaku" (merry Christmas my family) on top of a cake she had ordered.

As the news went viral among netizens, Chocolicious Indonesia located in the South Sulawesi capital released a statement on its Instagram account regarding its decision.

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Dengan segala kerendahan hati dan segala hormat. Sebelumnya kami mohon maaf yang sebesar-besarnya. Kami dari Chocolicious Indonesia belum bisa memberikan atau menyediakan tulisan ucapan selamat Natal dan semisalnya. ㅤ Bukan berarti kami tidak menghargai agama mas/mba. Akan tetapi dengan segala hormat inilah yang harus kami jalankan dari prinsip agama kami. Sekali lagi kami mohon maaf dari hati kami yang paling tulus dan rasa saling menghormati dan menghargai sebagai anak bangsa Indonesia. ㅤ Kami tetap menyediakan kartu ucapan dan papan cokelat sebagai kelengkapan pesanan mas/mba. Silakan diberikan ucapan sendiri. Sekali lagi, kami mohon perkenaannya. ㅤ We love you, Chocolovers 😊 ㅤ Hormat kami, Chocolicious Indonesia

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"With all due respect and humbleness. First of all, we would like to offer our deepest regret. We from Chocolicious Indonesia are not yet able to write merry Christmas or other similar expressions," stated the bakery.

"This does not mean we do not respect your religion. But with all due respect this is what we have to practice based on our religious principles. Again, we sincerely apologize from the bottom of our heart and the feeling of respect and honor as Indonesians. We will still provide greeting cards and chocolate boards as additional services for your order. You are welcome to add your own writing. Again, we wish for your understanding."

So far the post has received more than 2,300 likes and thousands of comments, with some criticizing the move and some others supporting it. (kes)

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