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Man Outraged By Pizza Hut's 'Sexual' Ketchup Branding

Man Outraged By Pizza Hut's 'Sexual' Ketchup Branding

He said the label is 'not innocent' as the chain is popular with families.

Jake Massey

Jake Massey

A man who went to Pizza Hut for the first time was left shocked by its saucy ketchup bottles.

Adrian Shann, from Hull, UK, visited one of the chain's restaurants on Wednesday evening (20 October).

However, his dining experience was ruined when he spotted the label on the condiment, which read 'Shake, Squeeze and Squirt'.

No laughing matter for Adrian.

That might seem like a bit of harmless fun to most of us, but Adrian slammed the branding as 'awful'.

The 31-year-old said: "It's not innocent in my eyes. The barbecue sauce one said 'Squeeze', but the ketchup one said that... it put me off using it.

"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."

Indeed, he said there was a family eating at the Pizza Hut at the same time as him - though the parents were evidently less bothered by it.

He said: "The adults had a laugh and then the children were asking their parents to tell them about it.

"If I had my niece with me, I would be worried. It's definitely not appropriate."

Adrian thinks it needs to change.

The 'Shake, Squeeze and Squirt' tomato ketchup label has been a feature of Pizza Hut ketchup bottles for years, but Adrian reckons it's about time they went back to the drawing board.

He said: "I think they were all laughing when they created it.

"It's not hidden, it's on the tables. They need to make it kid friendly. I hope they change it."

LADbible has contacted Pizza Hut for comment.

And this isn't the first time restaurants have caused offence with their choices of words.

In May, a diner in Scotland was left shocked and offended after spotting a sweary note passing comment on her vegan diet.

Lisa Cooney had asked what vegan options were on the menu, and staff went off to ask the kitchen.

They came back with a note that read: "The vegan s***e has been circled."


The note, which may have been written by the chef, was given to waiting staff but then fell from the bar and was spotted by a member of her family, who showed it to her.

Lisa told Edinburgh Live: "When I first read it I was in disbelief, then I was angry and upset, it's insulting and so unprofessional. Also the total disregard for any potential allergy is a worry.

"For a chef to have that mentality is quite shocking. I went and spoke to the manager after my family had finished their meal. He apologised and agreed the note wasn't acceptable."

Featured Image Credit: HULL LIVE/BPM MEDIA

Topics: Food, Funny, Community, Weird, Pizza