Mum slams M&S over ‘offensive’ name of its new bakery item

A shopper has hit out at M&S over the name of its new bakery treat.

Jane Hudson noticed that the high street favourite has named its vanilla flavoured yumnuts ‘plain Jane’, after she purchased a pack of them.

She was shocked at the name the brand had chosen to name the £1 item, and took to social media to complain about it.

The mum-of-three said she was ‘annoyed’, and wanted to know if the retailer was’implying all Janes are plain’.

Some users branded tge 52-year-old as ‘sensitive’ while others – including Karens and Debbies – shared their experiences of being the butt of jokes, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Jane, from Waltham Abbey, Essex, said: “They wouldn’t call them ‘Crummy Karens’ because of all the abuse that Karens [get].

“I just thought, in this day and age why does M&S feel they need to do it?

“Don’t get me wrong, I don’t consider myself plain. Personally I think I’m quite fabulous.

“People [online] kept harping on ‘well it was ok in my day in the playground’.

“I said ‘but it’s not those days, it’s the 21st century and name-calling isn’t ok’, but they didn’t really want to know.”

Jane’s post reads: “Feeling a little annoyed. Why do Marks & Spencer feel the need to call their yumnuts Plain Jane?

“What’s the connection? Are they implying Janes are plain!!!! NOT HAPPY!!!!

“People were also saying ‘well I don’t hear Colins moaning about caterpillars’ and I said ‘but you name an animal, it’s a bit different when it comes to a doughnut’.

“M&S want to get in the 21st century and have this younger clientele but that’s not the way to go about it in these politically correct days really.”

Jane's box of YumNuts
Jane’s box of YumNuts
(Image: Kennedy News and Media)

Jane was blissfully unaware she’d bought the controversially-named yumnuts home from the Epping branch of the store in Essex last week.

Jane said: “I bought them at M&S not realising [the name] and went home.

“My 23-year-old thought it was hilarious that they were called Plain Janes, so jokingly I said ‘I think that’s disgusting’.

“They’re a plain vanilla doughnut, I don’t know why they need to name it that person’s name.

“I’m not moaning, they were very tasty, I just think M&S should know better.

“My kids think I’m totally bonkers. My son now walks around calling me a doughnut.

“My daughter says I’ve got too much time on my hands and that’s why I’m moaning about it.”

There were mixed reactions to Jane’s Facebook post, with many claiming she was being overly sensitive.

Social media users called Debbie, Karen, Carole and Susan suggested life’s ‘too short’ to be offended by it.

Carole Barlow wrote: “Why do people get offended about everything these days? You aren’t a Plain Jane, I’m not a Christmas carol.

“Life’s too short to be always offended, they just aren’t very inventive.”

Debbie Eibbed commented: “Try being Debbie…. did I do Dallas or am I a downer?”

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