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post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by leah_s

Maybe things are different in Australia.

The Director of the Farmer's Market has a history of ignoring food laws.
This vendor was clearly (easily observable) not complying with prevailing food laws.
The OP did the non-compliant vendor a HUGE favor by informing her of the laws.
The OP did the Director of the Farmer's Market a HUGE favor by informing her of the violation.

If a consumer got sick and wanted to sue someone (which is generally what DOES happen in this country) both the non-compliant vendor AND the Farmer's Market would be sued.

What would I have done? Called the Dept of Ag and told them they needed
to make an inspection visit. But then I'm not as nice and forgiving as the OP. In fact I'm going to set something up to catch some unlicensed vendors
in January. I'm tired of be undercut on pricing.



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post #17 of 25
OP, I applaud your bravery and compassion. Regardless of how you did it, you were right in telling someone. How they handled it is their problem. This sounds stressful! I'm sorry you had to be in this situation!
post #18 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vista

Quote:
Originally Posted by leah_s

Maybe things are different in Australia.

The Director of the Farmer's Market has a history of ignoring food laws.
This vendor was clearly (easily observable) not complying with prevailing food laws.
The OP did the non-compliant vendor a HUGE favor by informing her of the laws.
The OP did the Director of the Farmer's Market a HUGE favor by informing her of the violation.

If a consumer got sick and wanted to sue someone (which is generally what DOES happen in this country) both the non-compliant vendor AND the Farmer's Market would be sued.

What would I have done? Called the Dept of Ag and told them they needed
to make an inspection visit. But then I'm not as nice and forgiving as the OP. In fact I'm going to set something up to catch some unlicensed vendors
in January. I'm tired of be undercut on pricing.



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post #19 of 25
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Mietta - Your post is SO far off base it's not even funny. I have evidence and know for a FACT what laws are being broken and I sugared the email not because I felt I was wrong, but because I am not a malicious person and would never want to hurt someone's feelings no matter what I think of them. I will ignore the rest of your comments because they are just ignorant.

Everyone else. .thank you so much for your support. I spoke with the director this morning and at first she was upset that I didn't bring it to her attention first but when I explained that I went to the vendor on my own because i felt she had opened the door for me to do so she definitely udnerstood. . . The vendor had asked my advice and opinion from day 1 at the market so why would I NOT think I could email her. The director was not aware that the vendor had been 'stalking' my table and asking my advice on packaging etc and then just ignoring all such information, so once she knew the history she was much more comfortable with my actions. She has said she will be coaching her from now, so we'll see what happens. I still think the director should take more ownership because she knew laws were not being followed, but what's done is done. I feel much better knowing that I did the right thing and the only person left wounded is the vendor. . hopefully this will be a wake up call because according to the director the vendor was devastated and embarrassed (as she should be!).

Anyway, thank you so much for the support everyone. . I was SO stressed out. LOL
post #20 of 25
For heavenscake, don't worry about what one person said. If you do a search of her posts, they are always the same. She likes to offend.

You did what was right for your business. After all, it is business, with rules and laws and sanctions. I turn people in. The HD takes it from there. They are not monsters. As was written before, they usually try to work with the person to become compliant. It is the repeat offenders who irritate the HD. If the other vendor is mad, too bad. She needs to follow the rules put in place for public safety.
post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by forheavenscake

The director was not aware that the vendor had been 'stalking' my table and asking my advice on packaging etc and then just ignoring all such information, . . hopefully this will be a wake up call because according to the director the vendor was devastated and embarrassed (as she should be!).




If she was stalking you, getting advice, then ignoring what she was supposed to do then she SHOULD have been embarrassed! "devastated," I don't know...that's a little over the top.
post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by costumeczar

Quote:
Originally Posted by forheavenscake

The director was not aware that the vendor had been 'stalking' my table and asking my advice on packaging etc and then just ignoring all such information, . . hopefully this will be a wake up call because according to the director the vendor was devastated and embarrassed (as she should be!).




If she was stalking you, getting advice, then ignoring what she was supposed to do then she SHOULD have been embarrassed! "devastated," I don't know...that's a little over the top.



Or she just acted devasted and embarrassed when the director called her on it since she knew what she was doing was wrong but was trying to act like the injured party. If that's the case then she should be ashamed of herself, IMO.
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post #23 of 25
I feel your pain Leah. I am finding it so frustrating being a business owner, who has gone to great lengths to be legal, and spent a lot of hard earned cash to be so.
People baking at home, with no overhead, undercutting in prices is so frustrating. Makes me wonder why I bother.... What benefit do I have to have a shop, when no one else in my area does...
Grrr...
I am still in my first year, and not making a profit....
post #24 of 25
The goal the first year is to break even, not make a profit. Hardly anybody makes a profit the first year. In your expenses should be your salary. Salary should not come out of profits. I only say this, cause a lot of people refer to profits as their pay checks, when it should be a part of their expenses.
post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by QTCakes1

The goal the first year is to break even, not make a profit. Hardly anybody makes a profit the first year. In your expenses should be your salary. Salary should not come out of profits. I only say this, cause a lot of people refer to profits as their pay checks, when it should be a part of their expenses.



Just an FYI - this may only be semantics, but for those sole proprietors who fill out a Schedule C, the IRS does not make a distinction between your "salary" and profit. Allowed business expenses (ingredients, paper goods, mileage, rent, etc.) are deducted from your business income and what's left is your personal income. As a sole proprietor you are not allowed to make a deduction for your labor. It's allowed to deduct employee wages and subcontractor payments, but there must be a paper trail. (Hope I explained this clearly.)

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