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post #46 of 108
Sorry about this incident. You should not let anyone cause you to let go of your dreams. Trust me, I know how you feel. You make great cakes and you should carry on with what you are doing.
Cheer up. I'll be rooting for you somewhere in Texas!
post #47 of 108
Don't give up... "customers" like this are not as common as it may seem. I was very scared to open my business precisely because of people like this. However, in 2 years I've only had one "Bride-zilla" and I charged her a P.I.T.A fee (Pain In The A$$).
Remember that you are the boss, you know what's right and what you deserve - just let this be a learning experience to shape your business into the way you want to run it and remember that you don't have to take every client that comes to your door!!
Good luck
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post #48 of 108
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Originally Posted by FullHouse

Rae, yours was one of those posts that makes me really wish CC had a LIKE button. thumbs_up.gif

my sentiments, exactly! And hell ya to everything Rae said!!
Beginners, be sure to parrot advice and get your post count up as fast as you can. After all, it's not what you know, it's what people THINK you know.
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post #49 of 108
Wait, did you have to walk home with kids and a car seat? Did you get a ride at all? How far did you have to walk?
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post #50 of 108
Sorry about what happened to you, but don't let it be the reason to stop doing what you love. We learn from our mistakes.
post #51 of 108
What a horror show! I am so uncomfortable around people that I don't think I would have been able to endure shopping with practical-strangers and inviting them into my home...

It doesn't seem that Texas Rose is all that interested in receiving encouragement to start up a business. Maybe she knows her personal abilities better than we do... If she really wanted to start a business, this wouldn't have stopped her for very long. When you really want something, you eventually find a way.
post #52 of 108
Your work is beautiful. Don't quit. That couple isn't wrapped too tight.

When I do cakes I don't take nonsense from anyone. I have told Brides they should look elsewhere because I could tell they were gong to be a pain.

Did you know it's common practice to charge for cutting and serving cake. Usually $1 pp.
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post #53 of 108
You don't need a rude neighbor/friend/family member to be able to practice - purchase a few dummy cakes and practice on those. A whole heck of a lot less drama!!

I'm sorry this happened to you
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post #54 of 108
Reading your tale made me want to go out and..... hurt something!
I am also a 'start-up' baker from home and am sad to say I have encountered this person's 'sister' - not such a horror as this but so close.
I do want to say to you tho - please don't give up if this is a passion. For every freakshow like this person, there are several good customers.
best wishes.
post #55 of 108
So sorry to hear your story. i cant understand some people. I have had a few bad experiences of my own. I did ny brother in laws wedding cake told his wife that it would cost 75.00 just for the ingredients. She never forked over a dime then had the nerve to ask me for the shirt my hubby wore in it. I told her h**l No! I forked out 45 bucks for it plus the money for the cake. Then she said I thought the cake was a gift. I told her the labor was but the Ingredients werent. She still has not paid me. Another Incident was a cake for a friend. My first wedding cake. The bride overheard my other sister in law say I probably poisoned it. Now shes trying to take up cake decorating. More power to her. All I got to say. There are people out there who will appreciate your cakes. You'll get a few of these though.
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post #56 of 108
So sorry to hear your story. i cant understand some people. I have had a few bad experiences of my own. I did ny brother in laws wedding cake told his wife that it would cost 75.00 just for the ingredients. She never forked over a dime then had the nerve to ask me for the shirt my hubby wore in it. I told her h**l No! I forked out 45 bucks for it plus the money for the cake. Then she said I thought the cake was a gift. I told her the labor was but the Ingredients werent. She still has not paid me. Another Incident was a cake for a friend. My first wedding cake. The bride overheard my other sister in law say I probably poisoned it. Now shes trying to take up cake decorating. More power to her. All I got to say. There are people out there who will appreciate your cakes. You'll get a few of these though.
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post #57 of 108
So sorry to hear your story. i cant understand some people. I have had a few bad experiences of my own. I did ny brother in laws wedding cake told his wife that it would cost 75.00 just for the ingredients. She never forked over a dime then had the nerve to ask me for the shirt my hubby wore in it. I told her h**l No! I forked out 45 bucks for it plus the money for the cake. Then she said I thought the cake was a gift. I told her the labor was but the Ingredients werent. She still has not paid me. Another Incident was a cake for a friend. My first wedding cake. The bride overheard my other sister in law say I probably poisoned it. Now shes trying to take up cake decorating. More power to her. All I got to say. There are people out there who will appreciate your cakes. You'll get a few of these though.
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post #58 of 108
This is a horrible thing to have happened to you. I understand there are people in this world who will take advantage of whatever and whoever they can, but it completely blows my mind. Basically I just wanted to say, that from your from your pics, you have an amazing talent. Do what you must, but quitting seems to be "letting" these people "win" somehow. I wish you the very best of luck and happiness. And, to HELL with those jerks!! Take care, Debbie
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post #59 of 108
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Originally Posted by Brujalita

purchase a few dummy cakes and practice on those.



Doing a 3 tier dummy is different from doing a 3 tier real cake. Working on the support system and other factors. Practising on a cake where u get ingredients costs covered might be better than buying all ingredients for donation cake. I understand u TR.

I have a professional job and do cakes part time. I am always dreaming and thinking about cakes whilst working. Most cakes are paid for, whether its family, friends, workmates neighbors. Priced differently depending on how close one is to me. I am increasing my prices gradually as I improve and understand how much time it takes to finish a project. I do not do as much as I would like to do because of work. Very frustrating. I don't even enjoy my work as much as I enjoy caking. My boss sucks. My work environment sucks. I know my heart is in caking and I hope to go into it full time one day. I know there will be challenges just as there are challenges with my day job. That's what life is all about. You deal with PITA situations. If u make a mistake, learn from it and move on.

Be still for a while and think about what will make you happy. Take that road and live life abundantly. Jerks should never determine the course of your life. They are not worth it.

Best wishes.
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post #60 of 108
I haven't read all the replies to your post, but I hope you don't let her make you quit. Not only are your cakes far too lovely for that, but she sounds like the kind of person who would get far too much satisfaction out of it - didn't she say herself that she'd get lessons from you so that she can make money? Your willingness to give up because of the trouble she put you through would probably make someone like her feel like she'd accomplished something, and because I'm a spiteful kind of person at heart, I wouldn't want to give her that pleasure. Pick yourself up and keep going, and take it as a lesson learned? icon_smile.gif
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