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Gather all info before you do - her name, address, all phone numbers. Do screen dumps of any and all on-line marketing she has - FB, Titter, Craig's List, and print out. Collect any other marketing she does - business cards, ads in magazines etc. Send to HD.

post #122 of 157

Thank you! 

I am a live and let live kinda girl, but this is really starting to light my fire .

I was waiting for one of the shops in my area to file a complaint  but that hasn't happened yet, that I know of.

I'm going to get the ball rolling.

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Thank you! 

I am a live and let live kinda girl, but this is really starting to light my fire .

I was waiting for one of the shops in my area to file a complaint  but that hasn't happened yet, that I know of.

I'm going to get the ball rolling.

Good for you. Hopefully in time, she'll get her act together and play fair.

"I can do that, because this is my sandbox and I've got the bullsh*% shovel." ~Dianne Sylvan, Author and Lunatic
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"I can do that, because this is my sandbox and I've got the bullsh*% shovel." ~Dianne Sylvan, Author and Lunatic
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post #124 of 157

i don't know~~as i've mentioned many times--we had people here get busted in this manner--'anonymous' call in

 

but everyone knew who did it

 

the baking community here rallied 'round the four illegal/busted bakers and it was not as pleasant for the anonymous ones here--they very shortly abruptly went out of business--probably because they turned in family--

 

everybody from the health department peeps on down were pissed at them

 

i'm just not a cake policeman--not for me

 

but who knows maybe this will spur the illegal person to get legal and kick everybodys baking butt

 

i don't know--i've blown enough whistles in my time that needed blowing and the repercussions sometimes are worse than the reason the whistle blowing occurred

 

just another thought for you--

 

i have called and emailed and cautioned cakers who advertised when i knew they were running a speakeasy but i'd probably never turn them in--it ain't my business to do that

 

just my opinion

I was addicted to the Hokey Pokey, but I turned myself around.

 

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post #125 of 157
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everybody from the health department peeps on down were pissed at them

The health dept was pissed at the people who were helping them to do their job?
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I write blog posts weeks in advance and schedule them, so this wasn't written in response to this thread, but it applies.  http://www.acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/2013/02/weird-undercutting-practices.html

 

The illegal baker's activities that Melanie is dealing with are proof that this kind of thing does affect the market and trains customers to think prices should be lower than a living wage.

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The health dept was pissed at the people who were helping them to do their job?

 

 

four at one time was kinda much maybe -- they were not happy--were not gleeful

 

it was perhaps an embarassment to the department how it all came down--it embarassed/saddened me and i'm a complete bystander

 

but i know most of these chicks

 

it's not right to be illegal- not at all

 

our health department works as hard as any

 

they took care of everything--everybody got duly busted--and in this case so did the busters get busted  icon_rolleyes.gif

 

just by circumstances or something?

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post #128 of 157
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they took care of everything--everybody got duly busted--and in this case so did the busters get busted  icon_rolleyes.gif

I could see something like this happening in extremely small markets, but for the most part legal businesses thrive once the illegal businesses are shut down. Aside from making the cakes themselves or enlisting friends and family the only option customers would have at that point is ordering from a legal business which would presumably provide a product most people can't make themselves.
post #129 of 157

i'm not saying it's ok to be illegal period--evidenced by me not baking professionally from my home for the past blablabla

 

ok but one of those chicks was a widow on social security--she was absolutely wrong to operate illegally--no question

 

and now she has no extra little bit of income

 

so why be the catalyst of that--why take up that cause--what is the motivation

 

i don't know~~not for me but whatever

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post #130 of 157

the people that called in on the other four--they had a thriving business--it was going gangbusters

 

ironically they started their business in their home kitchen aka illegally

 

and the cousin they turned in

 

taught them encouraged them helped them get the ball rolling at first

 

can you imagine the drama?

 

but that made all the more business for others

I was addicted to the Hokey Pokey, but I turned myself around.

 

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post #131 of 157
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I could see something like this happening in extremely small markets, but for the most part legal businesses thrive once the illegal businesses are shut down. Aside from making the cakes themselves or enlisting friends and family the only option customers would have at that point is ordering from a legal business which would presumably provide a product most people can't make themselves.

 

 

no because two of the four kept all their business and transitioned to legal

 

the widow did not continue

 

one lady was moving anyhow

 

oh man it was five--because three became legal, one quit and one moved

 

it was five!!! dang!!

 

so the only extra business came from the legal chicks that closed

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post #132 of 157

But see, that's just the thing - it IS my business.

 

I've busted my @$$ working my bakery, paying off loans, renovating, doing bookkeeping, cleaning, baking, etc, and it is very much my business to help shut down the illegals. Our HD has limited resources and I know they appreciate tips.

 

I don't go trolling around for illegals (ain't nobody got time fo' dat!*), but if do happen to stumble across them I will report it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Thank you, Sweet Brown, for enriching my vocabulary:-)

post #133 of 157

great blog article, by the way, CostumeCzar.

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and--this is jogging my memory more

 

even porfessionals in the area were upset for the illegal cakers

 

the community made room for them

 

damn, memphis must be weird -- in a good way i think

 

but come on, if you're gonna do bridal fairs and advertise online & in the phone book you're asking for it too

 

still hate it for the widow but...

I was addicted to the Hokey Pokey, but I turned myself around.

 

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post #135 of 157
Quote CostumeCzars blog: "stop it! Just stop it!""

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

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www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

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