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post #31 of 72
I don't usually out myself on the internet but your post touched me.

I'm a psych nurse and your customer qualifies for treatment !!!

She has no idea what would make her happy. Probably has a spiritual hole and tries to fill it with "pretty things". She needs a psychiatrist not a baker, IMHO. If you get another one like her, send them my way icon_wink.gif

In the interim, keep making your pretty cakes.
post #32 of 72
By the way, does anyone else find it odd that the customer requested that the OP change the skin color of the characters to make them "not dark"?
post #33 of 72
It's great that you found someone else who wants and will appreciate the cake. All those details!! So much work!! Your ex-and-never-to-be-again-customer clearly needs to see someone who can help her.

Even if you had to keep the cake, in your shoes I would have eaten loooooots of it, given some to neighbours and friends who deserve some nice stuff and would have taken the opportunity to take some nice pictures of the cut cake, displaying how nice and yummy it looks.

Just keep on cakin'!
post #34 of 72
Traci...I would find the skin color change a big "tell" if she didnt reek of other symptoms.

Neurotic folks are everywhere and they hardly ever gain any self awareness because its so....generational ;*) However, ones like this customer are likely to become increasing symptomatic with age and at some point may seek treatment because of a crisis in their life. By that time he/she has raised another generation of dysfunctional human beings. BTW, I'm not the exception to this scenario...you should see my offspring!
post #35 of 72
i am really sorry to had to have such an awful woman request this beautiful cake because ....SHE DIDN'T DESERVE IT! and you know what, only her child and the children at the party suffered and that's a shame. if you hadn't found someone to buy it from you I would've said to take this cake to the local pediatrics ward in the hospital cuz the kids there would have went NUTS over how cool this cake is!

one bad person should not stop you from doing what you love. live and learn. pick yourself up and dust yourself off because this encounter was just one little lesson in your cake decorating life. icon_biggrin.gif
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post #36 of 72
No way did she go back home without a birthday cake for her son. She ordered a cheap chain store cake and didn't want to tell you. I love the busy look of the cake. Kids love seeing all the different details. They see something new each time they look at it. I've had friends ask about a cake and then I don't hear back. I know they decide to buy the cheap cake or make their own and I have no problem with that. I would prefer that to them asking me to lower my standards and make the cheap cake.
post #37 of 72
I'm probably the least qualified cake decorator to respond to this...all I have somewhat figured out so far is the VIVA paper towel method lol...however I happen to be an A1 mommy...I mean I'm really good at it and when I make mistakes they only make me better!! I woyl loved this and would have paid much more if I could afford it cause my boy would have loVED it!!! Good job girl you are awesome!!!!
post #38 of 72
I agree with other posters... she clearly had buyers remorse and didnt want to pay 150. That cake is Awesome, details are great. Dont let some crazy lady make you feel like a failure, you should be proud you made that cake! Shes crazy! I hope you got a deposit from her at least, and I hope the other cake she ordered tasted awful icon_wink.gif
post #39 of 72
Your customer was just plain wrong! When you get feedback that isn't constructive, doesn't fit what others have said to you, and - most importantly - what you know about your work and yourself, it's a "bad data point." In the human world, that means that there was something going on that you don't know about.... because, based on what you were told and know, it just doesn't make any sense. Throw that feedback out! Not only is it NOT constructive - it could point/push you in a direction that is harmful to your excellent work. Just use this experience as others have suggested.... do what you need to do upfront with a potential customer to protect yourself and your interests.

In my book, your cake would have been a STEAL at $150. It looks more like a $300 cake to me!

I wish you great continued success and growth as the ARTIST that you are... and much pleasure in what you do and in the joy that your cakes bring to others!!
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill
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post #40 of 72
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Originally Posted by melissalovespandas

It was a kids birthday and she said it ''I know my son will love it but I don't'' lol icon_sad.gif now im left with a cake. I might donate it. :/



What a selfish mother. It's her kid's party, not hers. Poor kid will probably be forced into going to a college and profession he doesn't want either. She probably makes him wear ugly sweaters and he probably has a bowl haircut too.

Your cake was absolutely terrific!!
post #41 of 72
By the way, Melissa, have you ever watched the live panda cam on explore.org? Soooo adorable, I could watch it for hours.
post #42 of 72
That cake is adorable! The pirates are so cute! My kids would love it.
I would bet all of the money in my bank account that she did NOT have the money to pay for the cake and intead of telling you, she insulted your work because every one knows we live in a "Customer is always right" society, even if that customer is a complete shyster asshat.

I would donate the cake to a local orphanage...Do NOT let this one crabby ass customer get you down. Even the most professional, most experienced cakers have mean customers.

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post #43 of 72
''I know my son will love it but I don't'' Who are we really trying to please on his special day anyway? Seriously nice cake. I'm glad you didn't let her have it. I don't know, can you raffle it off? D'you have any meetings coming up? Is there an orphanage or children's home nearby you'd like to donate it to? I'm TRULY MIFFED on your behalf!
post #44 of 72
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Originally Posted by arlenej

''I know my son will love it but I don't'' Who are we really trying to please on his special day anyway? Seriously nice cake. I'm glad you didn't let her have it. I don't know, can you raffle it off? D'you have any meetings coming up? Is there an orphanage or children's home nearby you'd like to donate it to? I'm TRULY MIFFED on your behalf!



She found a buyer already
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post #45 of 72
Seriously? She needs a shrink, and you need a drink. 'Nuff said.
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