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post #1 of 42
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Ugh... here we go again. I got an order for a wedding cake on the phone (this is quite common for me). She said she would mail a check by the 12th. No check. She calls me a few days later and gives me the "I've been busy" story and wants to know if she can pay me when I deliver. I say, "NO! I need full payment 2 weeks before the wedding but since it won't get here that soon, send me the check today and it will be fine." I received the check today, but... she didn't sign it. Her wedding is 8 days away!! Aggghhh. Am I being scammed?

I live 30 minutes out of town, so it isn't like I can meet her at the corner store. What would you do to get your money? Should I demand cash? thumbsdown.gif
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post #2 of 42
yes!! call her, and tell her if she wants her cake you are sorry but she will have to bring you cash, and you will give her, her check back. But unfortunatly you can't start her cake with out payment first. And set a date as in tomorrow for payment and if she doesn't come threw then no cake.
post #3 of 42
Make her meet you at her bank. Seriously. That way you can get the check from her and cash it IMMEDIATELY. Tell her that this is the only way she will have a cake for her wedding.

Do not back down. I've dealt with too many people pulling this crap on purpose to try and get out of/delay payment. If she doesn't agree to give you a check AT HER BANK or cash, tell her you won't make her cake.

Good luck!
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post #4 of 42
Personally I would call her politely tell her (as we know that brides can be a little, how can we say this.....emotional) that she did not sign the check. At this point I would tell her that you need the cash to purchase supplies and ask her to bring you the money because I have a feeling if you wait to get paid the day you deliver you will probably get the 'I forgot my wallet' story. Let us know what happens
post #5 of 42
She didn't sign her check???? icon_confused.gif Uh well then I say she is going to pull the Oopsey I forgot story but when actually she knows darn well she didn't sign that check. Just trying to drag it out and then her next story will be I am just so stressed out and forgot and really can't afford the cake kinda story.. I would call her and tell her if she does not come by Sunday and give you a payment in CASH then you will not be able to complete due to no payment. Kinda of a hard decision but then again adds stress on you to. I don't know but good luck with it... Let us know what happens
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post #6 of 42
Call her back and tell her (like she doesn't already know yea- right tapedshut.gifthumbsdown.gif ) that the check was not SIGNED!
I think that you need to explain to her that you are feeling uncomfortable about the situation!

I'm not in this situation and I don't feel good about it!!

She's playing the STALLING GAME!! thumbsdown.gifthumbsdown.gifthumbsdown.gifthumbsdown.gif
Question is, if she is doing this now, who is to say that she will pay at all?

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post #7 of 42
simple protection for future:

cash, money orders, or cashiers check only.....no personal checks.
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post #8 of 42
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I called her and she said "Oh I forgot to sign it. ha ha ha Bring it by and I'll sign it. The money is in the account." Like a wimp I said OK. If I take it to her bank, can I cash it if I don't have an account there? I'm going to tell her to forget it if I can't get the money tomorrow. It's a tiny cake in the first place.
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post #9 of 42
If you have to "Bring it by", then I would tell her its a $20.00 fee for your time and travel.....
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post #10 of 42
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I am a wimp! Actually I have a delivery nearby tomorrow or I wouldn't have offered.
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post #11 of 42
You shouldn't have to bring it to her.

I would call her and schedule a day with her, like witihin the next 24 hours and tell her to meet you somewhere in the middle of the both of you, just for the sake of it, try to show her you're willing to work with her.

But, tell her that the wedding is only 8 days away, and a check takes 10 days to come through, you'll have to have cash.

She WILL do what you need or she won't have a great cake. If she chooses to go elsewhere....she's gonna have a time finding a good place.

Just be polite and understanding, I'm sure she's stressed, but when it comes to making a payment, that's not something to laugh off.

Good Luck!!
post #12 of 42
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OK! Thanks to my cheering section I called her back and told her I must have cash. I got the usual- "I don't have cash; it won't be credited until Monday; you said I could pay with a check; it's gonna clear." After lots of wiggling and complaining she said OK. I'm betting she won't show up to pay me because she sounds mad. Oh well, better to know before I make the cake. NO BIG LOSS!

THANKS GUYS!
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post #13 of 42
I agree get the money or don't do the cake.
I have a wedding cake June 24th, the bride paid me in full yesterday "so it's one less thing she'll have to worry about". I asked for 50% and full payment by the 24th, I feel like if they are an honest person, it would show by her efforts.
post #14 of 42
icon_smile.gif Just tell her point blank, NO MONEY, NO CAKE !!!

Did she sign a contract ? maybe next time use a contract.

Being a Bridezella is no excuse ! and neither are her emtions. icon_smile.gif
post #15 of 42
Way to GO!!!!!
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