Pizza Hut respond to hairdresser’s claims ketchup bottle label is ‘sexual’

Man outraged by 'sexual' Pizza Hut ketchup label

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The restaurant chain, which largely targets families, has apologised for any “offence or upset” caused by the wording on the condiment label. Adrian Shann, 31, was replused to read the words “Shake, Squeeze and Squirt” on the sticker and compared it to “an app for swingers”.

Adrian, 31, had told Hull Live: “It literally sounds like an app for swingers. I do not understand how someone could put that sentence together, it’s awful.

“It is because of the chain’s marketing aimed at children that I am worried.

“If I had my niece with me, I would be worried. It’s definitely not appropriate.”

But Pizza Hut said today the branding has been used in all its approximate 200 restaurants for several years.

A spokesman said: “I can only apologise if you were caused any offence or upset on your recent visit to our Hut, please know it is not our intention to make any of our guests feel uncomfortable.

“The wording on our ketchup is not meant to cause offence and sorry if this was interpreted this way.

“This has been the labelling of all ketchup bottles in our restaurants for some time now, and I can only apologise if if this impacted the enjoyment of your email.”

However, Adrian, of Hull, remains unimpressed and has even contacted his MP in a desperate bid to get the logo changed immediately.

The hairdresser said: “I am not happy with their response. I can not imagine anyone looking at that sauce as tomato ketchup again.

“It is sexualised and even more so now they didn’t deserve my custom.

Adrian lodged the complaint last month after his first-ever visit to Pizza Hut.

He spotted a family eating at the chain restaurant at the same time as him – but saw the adults laughing at the branding.

Taking his anger further, the diner sent Pizza Hut a complaint email after spending £23 on his meal.

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