Missouri mom Melin Jones had gone to her local Walmart last September to get a cake for her daughter Elizabeth's upcoming 2nd birthday. Elizabeth's nickname is Lizard, so Jones had asked the clerk at the store to write "Happy Birthday Lizard" on the cake. Jones quickly grabbed the cake and rushed home, and it was there that she realized the clerk must have heard her wrong because the cake for her 2-year-old daughter read "Happy Birthday Loser!"
"When I was checking out they did look at me a little weird, but I wasn't thinking anything of it really," Jones told BuzzFeed. She also admitted to PEOPLE that although she was shocked by the cake, she did find it pretty funny. “I was a little shocked, but after a few seconds, I couldn’t stop laughing,” Jones told PEOPLE. “I had no clue they got it wrong. I was in a hurry and it seemed like a simple enough request. I wasn’t really expecting anything to be wrong with it.”
Jones had posted a picture of the cake on her Facebook page last year when the error first happened, but told PEOPLE that she removed it out of fear that the employee would get in trouble. It was after posting it to a different Facebook group recently that she decided she would post it again on her own personal page. She snapped a picture of her daughter (who she is quick to point out cannot read and does not know what the cake says!) and it's quickly gone viral.
Even though Jones found humor in the error on the cake, she did go back to the store and get a new one made for her daughter. "[My husband and I] proudly ate that ‘loser’ cake, then [I] marched right back to Walmart a few hours later and got another one," Melin told the magazine. "I didn’t mention the misunderstanding because I didn’t want the worker to get in any trouble, so I just picked out a new cake and asked for ‘Happy Birthday Elizabeth’ on it."
Jones told PEOPLE that her family was shocked their cake mishap has gone viral. "It’s funny to us, but we didn’t think it would be so funny to so many others," she said. "A lot of people have reached out to me to tell me it made them laugh harder than they have in a long time, or that they were having a bad day at work until reading it and so on," she noted. "That’s been the best part of it all, just knowing that people are finding the same type of humor in it that we did."