Pret A Manger introduces genderless gingerbread human-shaped object

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Pret A Manger’s U.K. stores used to only sell a gingerbread man named Godfrey. Now Godfrey will have a partner named Annie—only it won’t be a gingerbread woman.

Big Hospitality, a restaurant trade publication in the U.K., reports that Pret’s gingerbread cookies will dispense with the gender associations, and will instead take on the more neutral “biscuit” name.

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The addition of Annie was inspired by a customer letter sent to Pret CEO Clive Schee. The customer’s niece, whose name is Annie, asked why there was a gingerbread man but no gingerbread girl.

In May, the owner of a U.K. bakery changed his gingerbread men to gingerbread person, which instigated the ire of some customers who cried “PC nonsense.” The owners were surprised by the social media outrage, adding: “It is not as if we have added or taken away any little bits.”

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