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post #1 of 36
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I apologize in advance for the rant but sometimes people can just be so inconsiderate you just have to tell your story. So here's it is.

I work out of my home (yes, I'm licensed). I've never considered holding tastings anywhere but here but now I'm starting to rethink it. I conduct "tasting days" once a month and book appointments hourly and today was the March tasting day. I have a no children allowed policy because of bad past experiences that range from my husband having to act as a babysitter, to children running around my home unattended (and then going upstairs into my children's bedrooms, etc.). So the other day one of my tasting appointments emails me and says she just read on my website that I don't allow children but she would like to know if I'd make an exception so that she can bring her 3 kids with her and her fiance since they are such an integral part of the wedding and the planning of it and really wants their input as to which flavor they like, etc. I emailed her back and explained that it was a tough call because as a mother I could sympathize but as a business professional, I instilled this policy for valid reasons (which I explained to her). I told her that I would prefer her not bring the children but if it was causing a hardship (they were not local) then I would allow it. She emailed me back and assured me that although he kids were by no means perfect, they were well behaved and she would take appropriate measures (dad taking kids out) if things got crazy. So now onto her appointment today. They show up (late!) and the oldest (who was 9) sits down at the table and annouces that he won't be tasting any cake today as he woke up with the stomach flu. Ugh, seriously???? In addition, the other two were not well behaved and mom had to speak to them several times in order for me to get a sentence out. I did my best to rush them through the details and when things were almost wrapped up the boy holds his belly and looks at me and says, I'm doing my best to hold it in. All I could think was OMG, don't you dare throw up in my house! I sent him out to the car with the dad-to-be and finished the details with mom (the bride) and then ushered her out the door too. I then promptly went and tried to disinfect everything before my next client arrived.

I cannot believe the nerve of some people. I was so upset that she not only took advantage of my good nature by falsing saying that her children were well behaved, but to expose me and my family to a stomach bug was just unacceptable in my opinion.

Again, sorry for the rant, but I really needed to vent!
post #2 of 36
I know what you are talking about. I stopped throwing parties at my house because of this. I even remember putting -adults only- on invitations and they would still ask if they could bring them. and the people who would ask this are usually the ones with the worst kids. sorry, guess i'm also venting. stick to your rules, you put them there for a reason
post #3 of 36
you bent over slightly...and she tried to see how much you could bend over more icon_wink.gif get my drift! she's going to be like that as a client as well.
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post #4 of 36
I have not had this happen. However, since I have my husband take off with my boy during tastings, I would probably respond like this:

"Out of courtesy to my clients, I make arrangements for my child(ren) on tasting days. I expect the same courtesy from my clients."

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post #5 of 36
I would be just as tiched off as you, but I like to see this as a reminder to all of why we should always stick to our policies.
post #6 of 36
Wow! Makes you want to show up to her delivery clutching your stomach and complaining that you have had a tummy bug for the LAST WEEK!!!

I'm always amazed at how thoughtless people can be to their own children in cases like this. How awful to have dragged the poor child out when he was feeling so poorly. If he yorked, I hope he did it in their car..........

Years ago, we were invited to a friend's home for dinner when my 2 boys were 5 & 1. When we arrived, and as my kids ran over and began to play with hers, the wife cheerily announced that all 3 of her kids had been sick, really sick, for the last 2 days but that they were feeling much better now.................
WHAT A DOOFUS! Her husband is a freaking DOCTOR!
They both should have known that her kids were still very, very contagious. She should have called and cancelled or given us a choice (we WOULDN'T have gone).
Needless to say, I went home with 2 kids incubating a doozy of an illness that, 2 days later, gave me the pleasure of cleaning up all kinds of bodily fluids for nearly a week.

We NEVER returned the invite and come to think of it, we've never seen them in the last 22 years......Think I hold a grudge much?????? How dare she put my kids thru that!

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post #7 of 36
I would be so annoyed!!! I would not do her cake and I would be booked that day. People can be so rude sometimes and I would have nicely asked her to leave and would not have gone one with the consult. I would have told her that I have children and her child is obviously sick and now she has contaminated my home and to please leave. What an inconsiderate person.
post #8 of 36
I understand why you're upset and the mother should have kept her sick child at home...but I can't imagine rushing a sick kid out of the house instead of offering to let him use my bathroom.
post #9 of 36
I had a friend like that. My daughter was 2 months old and we went to visit her at home. Both her kids had the flu! My husband made an excuse and said we had to leave. I was furious because not only were they sick, they kept trying to touch my baby and she acted like there was nothing wrong with that.

I am so glad he didn't vomit in your home.


@blakescakes , I would have taken the bug back to her house. No I wouldn't have but it would've been funny. I feel for you and that would have been my response too.
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post #10 of 36
@ BlakesCakes.. 2 year ago I went to a NYE party. One lady, a dentist who was married to an ER DR) showed up. I walked by and heard that she WAS so sick and couldn't get up and the kids ate cereal all day long. I figured I was a while ago. 2 days later I got the flu. I called my friend, the host of the party, and she told me that it must have been that girl who had the flue and still showed up to the party icon_surprised.gif . She was talking about that morning and how she had the flue. why she showed up to a party and infect everyone I don't know. If i'm sick the last thing I would want to do is go out.
post #11 of 36
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Originally Posted by Texas_Rose

I understand why you're upset and the mother should have kept her sick child at home...but I can't imagine rushing a sick kid out of the house instead of offering to let him use my bathroom.



And who would clean up the vomit if he missed the toilet??
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Originally Posted by Texas_Rose

I understand why you're upset and the mother should have kept her sick child at home...but I can't imagine rushing a sick kid out of the house instead of offering to let him use my bathroom.






I would totally rush a sick kid out of my house straightaway. If they had no respect for me, I had none for them. I don't even go to my sister's house when her kids are sick,she warns me before hand to stay away.
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post #13 of 36
I would've been upset by that also! She was very inconsiderate to you and your family. I hate when people don't think of what they cause to someone else.

I went to a birthday party not too long ago where another guest brought her sick child. I was 7 months pregnant at the time. That night I woke up throwing up non stop from 12 to 7 in the morning. On top of that my daughter got sick too and ws throwing up half the night also!! When I talked to the birthday girl's mom the next day, she told me most of the people at the party got sick that night!! All from one child that was sick, supposedly he had a fever and everything! I don't understand why people take their children out when they are feeling miserable. They have no consideration for their own child or for the people they are about to infect!! I have kept my children home from parties before because of this same reason, even family parties. I would feel so bad if I knew that it was my fault that anyone else got sick because I took my sick child to their party.

UGH!! Some people just don't think!! I feel for you.
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post #14 of 36
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Originally Posted by brenda549

I have not had this happen. However, since I have my husband take off with my boy during tastings, I would probably respond like this:

"Out of courtesy to my clients, I make arrangements for my child(ren) on tasting days. I expect the same courtesy from my clients."



I love how she put this! Simple yet effective to getting the point across.!
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post #15 of 36
UGH I can't believe some people. Especially bringing a sick child to something where FOOD is involved, even if she did only think of it as 'just' a tasting. It's nice that she wanted to include the children in the wedding, but there's no way she didn't know what trouble they'd be. They're HER children, after all.

I just hope she doesn't give you too much trouble as a client!
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