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post #61 of 149
Let's at least give her the benefit of the doubt I see she has been a member for almost a month so that was before that thread started.

I am a home baker but I do not advertise. I find that I stay pretty busy with word of mouth business. I will only take a cake order if I know the person ordering or if my family knows them.
post #62 of 149
why is it assumed that if a licenced baker turned in a non-licenced baker it's because of "jealousy"?

Maybe it's because the licenced baker thinks the non-licenced baker is a health risk? Or maybe it's because everyone should be on a level playing field and if the non-licenced baker isn't operating with the same cost basis as the licenced one, it's not level?

(or any one of a thousand other reasons why someone might call the HD on a non-licenced competitor)
post #63 of 149
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Originally Posted by CanadianChick

why is it assumed that if a licenced baker turned in a non-licenced baker it's because of "jealousy"?

Maybe it's because the licenced baker thinks the non-licenced baker is a health risk? Or maybe it's because everyone should be on a level playing field and if the non-licenced baker isn't operating with the same cost basis as the licenced one, it's not level?

(or any one of a thousand other reasons why someone might call the HD on a non-licenced competitor)


I see you are new here - welcome to CC! Since you just signed up last week, you may not realize that your questions have been discussed to death. This is a winless topic, much like politics and religion. icon_rolleyes.gif For answers and lots of heated opinions, just search "unlicensed" in the forums and you'll find enough to keep you online for weeks icon_smile.gif. Let's not start it up here AGAIN, please?!

Thanks and I hope you find some more fun threads here on CC, there is tons of wonderful stuff to learn and chat about! thumbs_up.gif

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post #64 of 149
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Well I am glad that I at least got some honest opinions before this whole thing was turned against me!!!!!!!
I am being honest about this whole situation but once again I guess I am paying for living in this society where people cant believe another person's word.
The whole sweetdeal bakehouse is what I aspire to name my bakery someday-go ahead and google it and nothing will come out!
If anyone else has any more advice, please let me know....it helps ease my mind! If you cant offer advice then yes please leave this post alone, I have enough issues!
post #65 of 149
Sounds to me like you just need to stay off craigs list, find out how to become legit and do things the right way! Good luck
post #66 of 149
Referring to the "renting a booth...." comment:

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The HD gets a list of the vendors and they check Every. Single. One of Them.



Seriously....I can think of a lot better things they could do with their time. For instance; I'd alot rather they spend time looking into the crappy conditions of most local fast food restaurants, and grocery stores around.

I've been on both sides of the fence, both as a worker and a consumer, and I can tell you that you'd all be just disgusted and likely never to visit those places again if you had seen what I've seen over the years. I know of a couple of places locally that have terrible sanitation habits, and almost always have some of the filthiest restrooms I've ever seen!! Our local Papa Murphy's(the only one near our home), is a prime example of what I am talking about.

We have purchased pizza there often since we moved here, and I can't think of a single time when the work area wasn't just a mess. And I don't mean just a few sprinkled toppings here and there. The manager/owner apparently never checks in on his very young and very oblivious staff. This fall I was in with my daughter to pick up a couple of pizzas and I was so upset at the mess I saw that the mother in me came out. There wasn't a single surface on the work side of the counter that wasn't covered in literally 2 inches of pizza toppings and cheese. Not to mention the same on the floor, that they were walking around in. On top of that, they were not wearing gloves, nor were the two long haired staffers wearing hair nets. The food waste and mess was my big bugaboo though.

Next thing I knew I was chewing them out for being so messy and they should be ashamed of themselves for wasting so much food. I estimated that there was about 3 or four pizza's worth of food spilled around, we mothers can do that you know icon_wink.gif, and I said that if I was their boss I would be firing every one of them for this disgusting mess, seen by all the customers that visit, and for the obvious lack of concern for the waste of expensive food that was wasted. Now alot of the toppings were on the counters, supposedly clean before preparing the pizzas being sold, so you would assume that they could be scooped up and perhaps the employees could use them to make something to take home at the end of work, paying for them of course. Why not, it's good food and it's clean right? I asked them what they do with all that spillage, and they said it gets thrown away. SHAMEFUL!!!

The HD should be spending more time dealing with these kinds of establishments and stop wasting our tax dollars on bothering us!! I would wager to guess that most of us could serve our products right off our kitchen counters, cleanliness wise. Most of the time anyways...unless you have your kids doing the dishes! LOL Just kidding!

I agree with the necessity to have a license in some cases, but there should be some degree of give as well.

As far as that nasty "craigslist police" person goes...I know from my work as a civil admin, there are only a few ways that you can really get all the information on a person, that she claims to have on you, legitimately. There are alot of online sites that say they can, and some can, but most of them are sleazy and most are just a scam. Today with all the identity theft going on, it is going to have to get harder than ever before.

BTW, if you posted on Craigslist to try and drum up business, that was your first mistake. Craigslist is becoming increasingly more dangerous and more fraudulent everyday. It is also becoming the place were more and more criminals are searching for folks that are foolish enough to post personal information for anyone to look at. Including phone numbers. That's why they have that great little "reply to" feature that gives your ad a specific place for potential customers to respond to. That way you can screen who is asking to do business with you, for your safety.

I am a "home baker" too and I only do the "word of mouth" kind of advertising. It's the most safe.

I agree with the others that this person is a nut, and likely a home baker herself that has not done well or had a bad experience of her own.

Don't fret, just delete that ad and move on. You go girl!! icon_smile.gif
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post #67 of 149
From the tone of her conversation I think it is some one who is trying to scare off any competition. Good Luck!
post #68 of 149
momkicksbutt:

I managed a pizza shop for 8 years and it is physically impossible during busy times to keep toppings from getting all over the place. Please don't be too hard on them because they have toppings everywhere icon_biggrin.gif I was required to be able to make a large pepperoni pizza from dough ball to in the oven in 45 seconds. Alot of stuff gets flung around in that time icon_lol.gif

To the OP: Almost anyone can get your address online if they have your name so I don't necessarily think this poster knows the other info about you, but I would caution you to be careful. If they are that spiteful they may have called the HD and I do believe that from other posts on here you are not allowed to sell cakes out of your home in GA so you could definitely be in trouble. It's my understanding that they don't have to catch you in the act. If they have an advertisement from you saying you sell cakes and you have cake supplies in your house they can put two and two together. Again, this is just my understanding. I'm licensed so I've never had to worry about it so I can't tell you I'm 100% sure on this.
post #69 of 149
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ok so this morning I was contacted by "someone" asking if I had my business licesce to show before ordering. I googled that person's email address and the only thing that came up was a comment she made in response to an ad in our local paper about a women who I guess has a very messy house and the neighbors turned her in or something....in that comment she gave the impression that she is some sort of inspector....I suspect that maybe she was contacted by the original person who emailed me. I had already removed the ad so it was strange that she responded to that ad this morning. This was my response to the email, tell me what you think:


" I am not sure how you accessed that Craigslist ad since I removed it. I apologize but I will not be selling cakes after all since it was brought to my attention that I need a business license and certification. I've only made cakes for family and friends and they suggested that I try to sell them since they liked them so much and since I am a stay at home mom I figured a little extra money here and there would be nice. I am trying to figure who to call to find out how to legitimize this if possible or someday hopefully open a shop and I hope once I figure this all out I will sell my goods! Thanks for contacting me and nicely asking me that question-I had someone contact me claiming to be the health department and saying they had my social security # and birthday and they seemed very angry about this so I figure maybe it was a cake decorator out there and if she contacts me again claiming to have my personal info I will have to call the police, maybe its best if I stay off of craigslist anyhow icon_smile.gif

Thanks again!"
post #70 of 149
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oh and some one placed an ad on craigslist "outing" all the cake bakers on there ( I am not the only one doing it) saying that people shouldnt order cakes from home bakers-it didnt name name.....yet
post #71 of 149
sweetdealbakehouse......

I think you should *clip* that response a bit, there's no need to give out all that information.

A simple ...........Hi, thank you for your inquiry. I regret to inform you that I won't be able to fulfill your request since I don't sell baked goods.
Enjoy your day!


As far as the person flagging illegal home bakers on Craig's list.....that person is doing you all a big favor. You should be thanking them since it is against the law to sell unlicensed in most states. Maybe a lot of illegal bakers don't know that, now they will.
post #72 of 149
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Originally Posted by dkelly

sweetdealbakehouse......

I think you should *clip* that response a bit, there's no need to give out all that information.

A simple ...........Hi, thank you for your inquiry. I regret to inform you that I won't be able to fulfill your request since I don't sell baked goods.
Enjoy your day!


As far as the person flagging illegal home bakers on Craig's list.....that person is doing you all a big favor. You should be thanking them since it is against the law to sell unlicensed in most states. Maybe a lot of illegal bakers don't know that, now they will.

The only reason I said all that is in case this person is a friend of the person who wrote me the nasty email-I want to put it out there that I am not scared and that I am ready to contact the police if I get anymore threats! She already contacted me wishing me good luck and saying that people are spiteful yada yada yada. So we will see what happens from there......I am still worried esp bc I am a very obsessive person and generally a goody two shoes so I've always been afraid to "get in trouble"........shouldve known better!
post #73 of 149
[QUOTE="dkelly"]sweetdealbakehouse......

I think you should *clip* that response a bit, there's no need to give out all that information.

A simple ...........Hi, thank you for your inquiry. I regret to inform you that I won't be able to fulfill your request since I don't sell baked goods.
Enjoy your day!


I was thinking the same thing...TMI...sweetdealbakehouse, you just basically put all your business out there!
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post #74 of 149
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[QUOTE="KKC"]
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Originally Posted by dkelly

sweetdealbakehouse......

I think you should *clip* that response a bit, there's no need to give out all that information.

A simple ...........Hi, thank you for your inquiry. I regret to inform you that I won't be able to fulfill your request since I don't sell baked goods.
Enjoy your day!


I was thinking the same thing...TMI...sweetdealbakehouse, you just basically put all your business out there!

well since I saw that this persons profile on the local newspaper said she worked for the government and she commented on that article saying she did " code enforcement" I figured that she may be HD. Whats done is done....lets see what happens then!
post #75 of 149
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[QUOTE="sweetdealbakehouse"]
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Originally Posted by KKC

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Originally Posted by dkelly

sweetdealbakehouse......

I think you should *clip* that response a bit, there's no need to give out all that information.

A simple ...........Hi, thank you for your inquiry. I regret to inform you that I won't be able to fulfill your request since I don't sell baked goods.
Enjoy your day!


I was thinking the same thing...TMI...sweetdealbakehouse, you just basically put all your business out there!

well since I saw that this persons profile on the local newspaper said she worked for the government and she commented on that article saying she did " code enforcement" I figured that she may be HD. Whats done is done....lets see what happens then!

anyone know what HD will do if they do show up? will having decorating supplies really be incriminating...I dont have that much stuff and as I said I only have as much baking supplies (flour etc ) as any housewife would. Will they do a "search"?
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