Bringing back the tacky

My wife and I were picking up some groceries in Safeway yesterday and as we entered the store I couldn’t help but notice a display of left over cheap-ass chocolate cakes perched hopefully by the door. They were smothered in plastic ganache, “elegant” rosettes of cement-based frosting and topped with pink and white plastic “Happy Valentine’s Day!” decorations that were so remarkably tacky that – well, to be honest I can’t actually think of anything snarky enough to encompass just how profoundly cheap and nasty they were.

Anyhow, we don’t celebrate Valentines day, but it made me wonder – of all of the people who take Valentine’s Day seriously:

(a) what subset of the population would consider a cheap tacky floury Safeway cake an acceptable gift to purchase for their partner?

(b) what even smaller subset of the population would consider a cheap tacky floury Safeway cake an acceptable gift to receive?

Seriously – the mind boggles.

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