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thank you for your responses!
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Why would someone who buys her cakes get sick? Just because she's not licensed, that doesn't mean she's dirty.
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wow! sounds like she is just ILL informed. I know it's not your job to educate her...but it sounds like that would be pretty harsh for someone you don't know. this is just my opinion though. I would just send her an email she can get in trouble...let karma bite her in her butt icon_wink.gif
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Yes I understand. But there have been instances of samenella in eggs. Who knows? She does not have insurance. This is unfair to small business bakers who have done what they have neeeded to do to have a legitimate business.
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She KNOWS it is against the law. It has been said to her in my presence. But she flagrantly puts her "business" out there.
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Originally Posted by CalhounsCakery

Why would someone who buys her cakes get sick? Just because she's not licensed, that doesn't mean she's dirty.



i agree! it's not a "home" business that is reserved to getting sick off of food. I have been sick from corporate establishments before. not happy about it.

Does this woman state she is in a home kitchen?
Do you know that those previous cake pictures are "sold" cakes? maybe they are for family!


this seems like a lot of assumptions to be upset about...it's always better to worry about yourself. (geesh, i should take my own advice icon_rolleyes.gif LOL )
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Yes, it's unfair, but at least you can sleep at night knowing your fully covered when you make some ill. She's taking a risk, and I'm sure it will bite her in the butt some day.
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post #8 of 68
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Originally Posted by not_a_desperate_housewife

She KNOWS it is against the law. It has been said to her in my presence. But she flagrantly puts her "business" out there.



well, sounds like you didn't need advice on reporting her. If you know about the cake business then you would know where to go to report her.
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post #9 of 68
Does she have a "contact me" section on her website? Maybe an anonymous email or contact first on the off chance that she doesn't realize all the proper steps? If I was operating illegally and got an email from someone concerned about it I would:

1- (If I was unaware it was illegal) Be concerned with taking the proper steps to come legal pretty much immediately
2- Be scared straight and try to get it taken care of, or try to fly even lower under the radar
3- Thumb my nose at it and do whatever I want until the HD comes knocking.

I would give it a month, see if any changes were made, then report.
post #10 of 68
The first step would be contacting the health dept for the county she lives in. If she's fully licensed and inspected (in some cases it's possible to fix up a home kitchen or build a second kitchen that can pass inspection) she has nothing to worry about, if not she will be shut down.
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Originally Posted by SammieB

Does she have a "contact me" section on her website? Maybe an anonymous email or contact first on the off chance that she doesn't realize all the proper steps? If I was operating illegally and got an email from someone concerned about it I would:

1- (If I was unaware it was illegal) Be concerned with taking the proper steps to come legal pretty much immediately
2- Be scared straight and try to get it taken care of, or try to fly even lower under the radar
3- Thumb my nose at it and do whatever I want until the HD comes knocking.

I would give it a month, see if any changes were made, then report.



you're super nice! I would probably do the same...it's not up to everyone else to worry about all the businesses in the world. most of the time, people starting out is not taking business away from others...there's lots of customers to go around! icon_lol.gif
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post #12 of 68
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Thank you for trying to help me out.

I don't know a whole lot about the cake business but I know that what she is doing is wrong. I just don't know what avenue to take to report her.

I know her well. The cakes were sold to friends and to friends of past customers. I know this for a fact.

All I need to know is what direction to take. The bottom line is that this has been escalating and it is illegal. Is it like selling crack? No, but it is illegal and it is unfair to other people whom I know who are renting space or doing what is necessary to have a business.
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Originally Posted by not_a_desperate_housewife

Thank you for trying to help me out.

I don't know a whole lot about the cake business but I know that what she is doing is wrong. I just don't know what avenue to take to report her.

I know her well. The cakes were sold to friends and to friends of past customers. I know this for a fact.

All I need to know is what direction to take. The bottom line is that this has been escalating and it is illegal. Is it like selling crack? No, but it is illegal and it is unfair to other people whom I know who are renting space or doing what is necessary to have a business.



that's really not that bad. everyone has to get off the ground somehow! didn't the other people you know that are now in an actual business do the same thing?
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Originally Posted by step0nmi

everyone has to get off the ground somehow!


Absolutely, but there's a right way and a wrong way to get off the ground. If your state does not have a cottage food law then it is more expensive and time-consuming to get off the ground the right way, that doesn't mean it's OK to do it the wrong way.
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