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this cake has just cost me $400!!!!

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I was asked to do a cake for a guys 21st birthday, in the shape of a GT ford falcon enough for 20 people. Not a problem. To make sure I got the shape and detail of the cake right I borrowed a model GT ford from a friends husband, with the promise that I would take extra special care of it.
All went well until I was putting on the final touches and accidently knocked the side mirror on the model car and broke it off!!!!!!
Well of course I glued it back on and the car looked perfect, but being the honest person I am, I rang them and admitted to it and offered to buy him a new one. The replacement cost $359 plus delivery icon_eek.gif
I only charged $90 for the cake icon_cry.gif

On the up side, the guy loved his car cake and got very upset when they wanted to cut it thumbs_up.gif
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icon_sad.gif Ouch...........But you are an honest person and I believe you will be blessed in return for your honesty!!!
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post #3 of 12
Sorry that happened to you!
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post #4 of 12
Oh no! So sorry, but thank you for your example of honesty. Are you going to post a photo of the cake? I'd love to see it!
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post #5 of 12
OUCH!
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Oh my, I am soooooo sorry about that very costly accident. But I agree that there is no substitute for honesty.
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post #7 of 12
If I were you I would ask for the damaged car. You could either give it to your client as a gift, or sell it online to cover the money you lost. Just a thought...
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Originally Posted by attilia77

If I were you I would ask for the damaged car. You could either give it to your client as a gift, or sell it online to cover the money you lost. Just a thought...



Yes, I wouldn't let this "friend" keep both the fixed "like new" car and the new car. Tell him to choose. Keep the fixed car or you keep the fixed car and order him a new one.
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Originally Posted by artscallion

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Originally Posted by attilia77

If I were you I would ask for the damaged car. You could either give it to your client as a gift, or sell it online to cover the money you lost. Just a thought...



Yes, I wouldn't let this "friend" keep both the fixed "like new" car and the new car. Tell him to choose. Keep the fixed car or you keep the fixed car and order him a new one.



I couldn't agree more with attilia77 and artscallion. thumbs_up.gif
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post #10 of 12
This is a friend? thumbsdown.gif I agree with the others--he can keep the "fixed" one or the new one--but NOT both. I am glad your customer loved your cake thumbs_up.gif
post #11 of 12
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thanks guys.
the thing is I told his wife immediately after I broke it and she said she would tell him and let him decide if he wanted a new one or not. Fast forward 2 weeks later and she told me on friday that she still hasn't even told him that it was broken (despite me asking her everyday). The likelihood of finding another one now is very small (they are collector cars) so he may just have to keep the "fixed" one anyway.

My hubby has already said if we have to buy a new one we will be keeping the broken one, even with a slight imperfection it is still worth a few hundred dollars.
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Originally Posted by clare076

thanks guys.
the thing is I told his wife immediately after I broke it and she said she would tell him and let him decide if he wanted a new one or not. Fast forward 2 weeks later and she told me on friday that she still hasn't even told him that it was broken (despite me asking her everyday). The likelihood of finding another one now is very small (they are collector cars) so he may just have to keep the "fixed" one anyway.

My hubby has already said if we have to buy a new one we will be keeping the broken one, even with a slight imperfection it is still worth a few hundred dollars.



Wow. Wow. Wow. Lesson learned and thanks for sharing your experience so we cakers will know not to follow in your footsteps!
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