Case 378 – Pub would not use all the candles supplied on a birthday cake


A pub was provided with a birthday cake to bring out for a customer with candles that spelt ‘happy birthday’, but were told that they could not have all the candles on it for health and safety reasons.

Panel opinion

What a party pooper! There are no health and safety reasons why the correct number of candles cannot be put on a birthday cake. Perhaps the cake wasn’t big enough or they didn’t have enough candles but using the old ‘elf n safety’ excuse has probably ensured no further happy returns to this particular establishment.

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