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Thanks to our country's bilingualism (on consumer products anyways), things like this can just happen:
 
 
 

Soft drink giant Coca-Cola is apologizing after an Edmonton woman found the words "You Retard" inscribed inside a cap on a bottle of Vitamin Water recently.
 
"Very, very unfortunate that this happened," said spokesperson Shannon Denny. "We apologize to our consumers for this."
 
The words are part of a promotion for Vitamin Water where random French and English words are printed on the caps, she said.
 
"Retard" is a French word meaning late.
 
"The chances were so slim through this random process," said Denny adding that not anticipating the potential word pairings was a mistake.
 
"The promotion has been cancelled," Denny said. "We are stopping production of all of the bottles using those caps with words. And any caps we have within our inventory are being destroyed."


Picture in source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/coca-cola-apologizes-for-offensive-bottle-cap-message-1.1861022

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they are right. you are a retard for buying vitamin water.

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What kind of social life does this woman have if she's offended by a bottle cap calling her a retard. :/

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What kind of social life does this woman have if she's offended by a bottle cap calling her a retard. :/

 

Apparently one of the complaints mentioned in tonight's newscast had a disabled daughter.

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My Toyota pickup is offended since when manifold vacuum is reduced its ignition timing is retarded.

It is only happy and advanced when exactly the right amount of air enters.

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Apparently one of the complaints mentioned in tonight's newscast had a disabled daughter.

 

Ahhh, that makes a little more sense then. Shame on me.

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Tu es en retard

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"Retard" is a French word meaning late.

 

Means the same thing in English,

 

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Means the same thing in English,

 

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You RT

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.... found the words "You Retard" inscribed inside a cap on a bottle.

 

In some cases, the printing is accurate. :p

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They also had one that said douche, which means shower in French.

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Am I the only one who found that funny?

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You lost time drinking your cola to read this message. I see no cause for complaint. 

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It's also a derogatory term for disabled people as you well know.  The woman was right to object because the message is offensive and Coca Cola should have been more careful when producing the messages.

 

I'm not saying she didn't have a right to complain. Just saying only the combination of the words "you" and "retard" is what makes it sound like it has the derogatory meaning. I've seen articles that have suggested the word, in any context, is derogatory, when its not.

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this is as dumb as candy makers having to stop calling small candy bars "midget sized" and have to change it to "fun sized".....

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Doesn't retard in French mean late? Were they just trying to say your late? 

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So according to the article, the promo just picks some random combination of French and English words.  If she finds this word combination offensive, I say she should be provided with the entire word list the system is choosing from, and then be made to manually review and mark every single combination of words she thinks qualifies as offensive, so the system can pick another combination.

 

After a few hours of this, I'd like to know whether she thinks this is still a worthwhile endeavor, or she should just move on with her life.

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My French is rusty.  Is there a way to say "stupid whiny old ######" in French?  "Vache" doesn't seem to cut it.

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Am I the only one who found that funny?

no. it's hilarious :laugh:

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My problem here is with the parents. They should be teaching their children to be strong and not to let silly words hurt them. Instead they're teaching thrm to become victims about things that werent directed at them and weren't even used in a hurtful offensive context.

well, learning to 'become a victim' has its perks: they feel entitled to sue for anything, and perhaps gain monetary benefits by doing so.

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they are right. you are a retard for buying vitamin water.

You are ''late'' for buying the water or are you being offensive to disabelled adults and children?

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"You sortie" out by yourself

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C'est la vie

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Why can't Australia have these promotions

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