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Anyone ever been caught selling cakes from home???  

post #1 of 177
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Say you live in a location where it was illegal to do so. Anyone? I'd love to hear stories!!! icon_biggrin.gif
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post #2 of 177
Yes, I think people have been caught.
post #3 of 177
Depends on what you mean by 'caught' icon_smile.gif
Yrs ago in CA I lived in a rural area about 40 miles from the county HD office. I worked out of my home for several years when I decided to advertise in a little. local throw away magazine (PennySaver). One morning I got a phone call from a guy who said he was the HD. After much conversation he ended up saying I could do as much as I wanted by word of mouth and they would not bother me but do not advertise. Never heard another thing from them or anyone else & continued working out of my home for several more yrs before we moved away.
post #4 of 177
Yes, I have been caught. icon_smile.gif I gave a home made business card to friends that owned a snowball stand. They posted it outside so it can been seen. I got a lot of cake orders from that card. About a year or so later, I got a call. I lived in a small town with no bakeries other than grocery stores. It was from the health department. He asked me if I made cakes. I lied! icon_evil.gif I told him that I no longer made cakes and that a friend posted the card. I asked lots of questions about what I would have to do if I ever started baking again. Needless to say, I still bake from home! I was a little scared that I would have to pay fines and stuff so, now, I ask people not to post cards. 90% of my business is from word of mouth.
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post #5 of 177
Yes, I was turned in. I was teaching Wilton classes, plus doing lots of cakes on the side. Some students of mine opened a business, but were having difficulty doing the more difficult stuff because they weren't very experienced. We started an arrangement where they would take the orders, bring the cakes to me and then I would decorate them. Unfortunately, this became increasingly difficult because they didn't want to "pay" me. They wanted to just give me product and this wasn't working for me. We had a number of "disagreements" and things started going south. I "resigned" and told them that I'd be happy to give them advice, but that I was no longer able to work for them. The next day I received a phone call from the HD asking whether I was doing cakes from my home! I was stunned and just stood there with my mouth wide open, going, "uuuhhhh.... I can't believe they did that!!" They informed me I could no longer do cakes from my home or I would be fined. These ladies actually took credit for turning me in, and notified me that they also forwarded my website to the IRS and that they had "friends" who would be "checking" on me to make sure I wouldn't be taking any more cake orders. My car was vandalized that week and I lost a tire while driving down the freeway with my kids and 3 nieces and nephews in the suburban... any guesses who may've done that?!

I also know of at least 4 others in my area that were turned in... not from the same people.

But hey, I got the last laugh... I opened a business and before I'd been in business 6 months, the other ladies no longer were!
post #6 of 177
I've never sold baked goods made in my home (illegal in this country), but I have turned someone in....
post #7 of 177
i do sell from home, but in a detached garage. I have had people call fishing for specific information and I always "wondered" if they weren't friends of people wanting to start a biz and trying to find illegals... I know plenty of illegals in my surrounding area.. I don't bash anyone for trying to make money in the economy.

On another note, you are able to sell goods from your home in some places. For instance, Ohio has the cottage law.

edited to say, I have been licensed through the local HD and the state & county business licence offices
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post #8 of 177
After reading many posts I decided to wait until I had the HD give me the ok to sell baked goods from my home. it was painless and I enoy the feeling of being "legal"... but it did come with a cost. I needed a new dishwasher (commercial grade). Other than that in MA you don't need a lic to sell baked goods or canned goods. I am also getting a Lic...just because it feels good to have.
post #9 of 177
I wish everyone in a hundred mile radius would catch me selling from home! Although, I think I know what you meant by the subject line, "I wish" was my initial reaction to it.
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post #10 of 177
I haven't been caught but lately I've been recieving (sp) a bunch of email and calls from people who "found me on the web" asking for things like disney characters, transformers, etc. It didn't seem right so I told them I don't bake.

I'm working on becoming legal now so I don't have to turn down orders and worry about stuff like this.
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post #11 of 177
i personally think it's a disgrace for anyone to turn in someone for baking in their home just because.................. if these people had a real life of their own they wouldn't be so interested in anyone else's!!
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post #12 of 177
We have the Cottage law in Utah! thumbs_up.gif
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post #13 of 177
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Originally Posted by mariu

i personally think it's a disgrace for anyone to turn in someone for baking in their home just because.................. if these people had a real life of their own they wouldn't be so interested in anyone else's!!



i have not turned anyone in, AND i am currently unlicensed but going through the process of becoming legal...all that being said, you can bet that if i went into a "business" that is operating illegally or legally either one, and they had lax hygiene standards that could jeapordize the public's health, I WOULD CALL IN ON THEM....AND I DO HAVE A LIFE, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

bleach, towels and rat poison can all be purchased at the dollar store for less than $5. there is no excuse for uncleanliness. THAT IS THE TRUE DISGRACE!
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post #14 of 177
I am currently selling things out of my house as a fundraiser for my son. Does that fall under the same regulations? It is not something I do all the time.
post #15 of 177
oooooooo I would hate the feeling of being caught and not being legitimate.
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