Staff at a chocolate shop refused to personalise an Easter egg for a three-year-old boy called Rooney Scholes due to worries about infringing the copyright of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, who the youngster is named after. This is not a joke.
A family friend of little Rooney had hoped to get they tyke’s first-name iced onto a Thorntons chocolate egg, reports The Mirror. But, unfortunately, this request was rebuffed. Instead, his full name appears on the egg. Rooney Scholes actually is his name, honest.
Rooney’s mother Jo-anne Scholes is a Manchester United super fan, and coincidentally shares the surname of Old Trafford icon Paul. She loves Manchester United to such a degree that she has an Eric Cantona tattoo and a dog called, erm, Berbatov.
But the ultimate tribute to the club she adores came when her young son was born, with the little lad named directly after his mum’s favourite Manchester United player. The chocolatiers at Thorntons, however, were not prepared to risk the ire of Rooney (the England international, not the kid) by using his name without permission.
But as Mrs Scholes points out, it would appear very unlikely indeed that the 214-goal Manchester United star would really give a damn about something so minor. In fact, we believe Rooney would actually would be rather humbled by the homage.
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