An idiot stormed out of a supermarket in Coventry this week after failing to acknowledge the existence of homonyms, discernible by the context in which they are used.
A 50-something woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was shopping in Aldi when she spotted a tin of “rape yellow” paint, on offer for the bargain price of £4.99.
“I looked at the paint and thought: ‘It can’t possibly say that. You have got to be kidding me, there’s no way they would sell that,’” she told the Coventry Telegraph.
She then “started choking”, and shortly afterwards left the Aldi “furious and upset”.
Whilst she considered that she might be being overly sensitive, she later contacted the local paper to cause a ruckus, prompting the supermarket to do the honourable thing: Buckle under the weight of customer stupidity.
In one of this century’s outstanding no shit statements, Aldi said: “This paint is a colour widely referred to in the industry as ‘RAL 1021 Rape Yellow’, which refers to rapeseed.”
Though the name of future batches will be changed to suit the easily offended, the butthurt has already stung.
“How the hell did it get out with that name in the first place?” the customer asked, having not bothered to google whether rapeseed and rape are synonyms.
She added that shops “wouldn’t sell something called abortion red or poo brown”, ignoring how funny this would be.
“It is a word that is a problem,” she finished, forgetting that it is in fact the crime that is the problem, not the word that describes it.
Image Credit – Yellow Paint, January 2008 by Rookuzz