We would NEVER let that cake leave our bakery. NEVER, EVER, in a million years. My manager would be up your a** in a nanosecond upon noticing the edible image not turning out correctly, as all bakery managers SHOULD be. She'd make you do it over until it came out to the correct dimensions (hello, it's a computer, there's a screen there plainly showing you HOW to enlarge/shrink!)
I'm wondering if they did it on purpose on the fact that 1) everyone would notice so that 2) it'd be submitted to Cake Wrecks (really, I'm of the opinion that most of the cakes posted over there are done as such on purpose because...WHO WOULD SERIOUSLY DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT, SUPERMARKET OR NOT???)
I'm sorry, but it's crap like this that gives us supermarket people a bad name.
Not every supermarket bakery is like this.
I agree that it should never have gotten out of the bakery like that. I have seen some great decorators come out of the store bakery arena. I have also seen some good looking cakes. I don't know what happened to this one.
I think that supermarket should not get a bad name, the manager should make sure that their decorators are trained correctly.