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Not a diasaster more of a slap in the face

post #1 of 74
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I charged $200.00 for this cake 2 layer white 14, 12, 10 inch with buttercream and gumpaste ivy and flowers and sugar pearls I had a little over 30 hours in this cake and it was made for the Pastor and wife 30 years as being Pastor of the church . I made arrangements with the daughter she is a grown woman that night after the celebration me and my daughter helped clean up and she heard me tell her 200.00 and she told me she would pay me the next day at church. I attend both services the next day and no check so I went home that night and tried not to think about it. Its not my job to run someone down to be paid so I went to wednesday night service and she gave me a check well I didnt look at it I just put it in my purse and that night before I started home I got the check out and was going to put it in my wallet and the check was for 150.00 signed by the Pastors wife . So I dont know what happened all I know is someone decided the cake was only worth 150.00 So I have decided to let it go . But I will be changing the way I do business from now on. There will be a contract written up by me with half down and half day of delivery. I figured the money will bring them more grief than the good it would have done me to have it. This is my church and My Pastor and his family . I feel as though me and my work have been devalued but thats ok I am going to take the high road and I may walk up to the pastors wife and hand her back the 150.00 and tell her I dont need the churchs money.
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post #2 of 74
That is HORRIBLE that she would do that to you. I wouldn't give it back you earned that!!! Some people are just terrible like that!
post #3 of 74
i would call and tell her she owes you $50
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post #4 of 74
I have been in that same situation tooo many times! I had to finally crack down on even my friends about having a contract and money up front. You can only be so nice and so patient. I'm sorry this happened to you.
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post #5 of 74
That is a beautiful, BEAUTIFUL cake. They treated you horribly.
post #6 of 74
First of all your cake is absolutely beautiful. I know that you are realing at the way that you were treated and I am so sorry that they were so inconsiderate and shorted you the money. In my humble opinion I think your cake was worth more than the amount that you charged and you should be compensated for your time. Don't you dare give them back that check. You qouted a price and they should pay it. You may want to let them know that they can pay you the remainder in cash.
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post #7 of 74
Sorry, but a bill is a bill, not a "suggested donation". Heck, I only make my cakes for donations to charities and I TELL THE RECIPIENT HOW MUCH OF A DONATION TO MAKE. If they balk, I don't do the cake!

I'd send a bill to the daughter for $50--if she is, indeed, the one with whom you had the original contract. I'd write:

"I received, and have cashed, a $150 check for the cake from your mother. As per our conversation, the charge for the cake was $200. Please remit the additional $50 ASAP (money order or cash preferred). If funds are not received within 14 days, I'll be happy to send a remainder invoice to your mother, Mrs. X."

I just don't get it--why should you come away with self-doubt and wounds to lick? They got the cake, they ate the cake, you should get the full amount you charged for the cake. Getting cheated doesn't make you a better person..........

Just my .02
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post #8 of 74
Hi! That is a BEAUTIFUL cake! Definitely worth way more than $200.00. A couple things could have happened here. It's possible (though hard to say) that the daughter told her mother the cake was $150 even though she knew it was $200. Maybe someone did price comparisons with mass market cakes (NOT to devalue your work, of course!!!) and found other places could do something "similar" for $150. Maybe the church only allotted $150.00 for this portion of the event. Since you didn't have anything in writing up front nor did you speak with anyone about the short pay, it's really hard to say. I understand it's a delicate situation with this having to do with your church and Pastor. However, you were MORE THAN FAIR with your pricing, and I would be tempted to bring it up with the person who handed you the check, if not the person who signed it. If you're hesitant about how best to do it, I'm SURE you'll get some great ideas and support right here.

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post #9 of 74
I know you want to give the money back cuz your upset and feel a bit insulted, but don't, just keep it. everyone on here is right about that and well earned by the way. i would do as you said and just take the high road and let it be. i mean you do attend the church and it would only most likely cause more problems and tension then its worth. just give it to God and he will deal with it and them, I think you know that already and thats why you wanted to do that way to start off with. so goodluck, whatever you decide to do, i am sure will be the best decision for you. icon_smile.gif
post #10 of 74
I sympathize tremendously and I know its so hard to go back and bring it up again. I'm supportive if you back and bring it up and I'm dying to know what happens next.

TJ

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post #11 of 74
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Thats just it I am really a quiet and passive person that hates confrontation. I am really hurt and I havent gotten mad about it I think because I was stunned by it really . I just would have never expected to be done this way.
post #12 of 74
It sounds like this woman is using her husband's position to, pardon the expression, screw you out of your $50.00. By shortchanging you, she's almost daring you to say something.

These are supposed to be people that do God's work?

Please do not return that check........I think you need to send her an invoice for the balance of that cake. Don't let them get away with this. They would not have been able to get that cake for even the $200 you asked never mind $150.

Or.............I don't know if your church has a collection basket each week, but what I would do is each week instead of placing money in the collection, I'd place a little note "$5.00 deducted from the balance of your cake" icon_evil.gificon_smile.gif
post #13 of 74
TCarra could be right in that there was only $150 allocated in the church budget. Maybe the person you talked to thought it was taken care of and the pastor's wife thought $150 was the price.

I'd do what BlakesCakes suggested ... send an invoice to the person who ordered the cake and show a "Balance Due" of $50.

Price of cake ... $200
Pymt rec'd, check #123, from Mrs. X .... ($150)
Balance Due: $50

"Please remit balance due as soon as possible so I can close this file."
post #14 of 74
shouldn't the wife pastor be more honest than that? icon_eek.gif
post #15 of 74
Hello Jackie, from a artistic and business standpoint the wonderful looking cake is worth WAY more than $200.My question is was the check the pastors personal check or was it from your church ? We just done a cake for our pastor celebrating 30 years of loyal and faithful service.The budget for the event was $300,after cokes,plates,cups,etc there was only $100 left for the cake,so WE decided that was the price . My point is if the pastor had to pay for his own cake,I'd give them the check back and thank them for doing what GOD called him to do. JMHO Derrell
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