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Seriously? You just don't know what people are out there doing.

post #1 of 47
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I was looking on my Facebook page and thought I'd see who I'd blocked. I found this baker who didn't ring a bell so I went to her page and found photos of my cakes  she'd been asked to remove. I assume she left them on because she stole so many photos she couldn't figure out which ones were mine. Surely it wasn't blatant disregard for my request.

 

Anyway, I found this promotion she was running last year using my red graduation cap cupcake tower design and she had photoshopped it in a couple of different colors. I have to say, it looks good in those other shades!

 

Would it have killed her to make a dummy version first? Here version of my design was ok, but she left the cupcake stand naked. It wasn't what she advertised (using my pics)

 

I didn't post the photos because I was afraid someone would recognize her and I know from experience that raising the ire of someone unreasonable enough to think doing this is ok will cause me more trouble than i want. I'm dealing with it. I'd just like to vent.

 

On a fun note, she has quite a business and even includes a 2013 Wedding Wire Brides Choice emblem on her site and I will be happy to let them know what kind of person they're doing business with. I can easily prove she stole my pics.

post #2 of 47

I hate cake thieves. There's a FB page called "Stop the Cake Thief" so you're not alone in your plight.

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post #3 of 47

Maybe you could watermark your pictures in the future?  I have never had a problem but keep reading about it on CC so started doing it and making it just go over the cake.  It's not perfect but I believe you need to have pretty mad photoshop skills to remove a watermark from an image! :-)

post #4 of 47

This person should be ASHEMED! 

If the store was close enough, I would stop by for a "nice" chat!

post #5 of 47
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Thanks y'all. I can't bring myself to watermark the pics. I've watermarked along the bottom like Pink Box Cakes and they just cut it off. I don't usually get steamed up about it any more, but this lady created a promotional ad and photoshopped the cakes in various colors and then refused to remove them after she was caught.

post #6 of 47
I dislike putting my business name right across my images but photo thieves make that almost impossible. I've seen watermarks on the edges cropped out. Shoot, even text across the cake blurred. It's just sad. Really how hard is it to make a dummy version? If anything the practice ensures you do know how to execute the design. I don't understand how people rationalize this.
post #7 of 47
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Not hard at all - it was a super simple design.

 

One of the things I'm going to do is let the wedding wire people know she "forges" cakes because she got a 2013 award. Does anyone know what wedding wire is exactly- do vendors pay to get their "award" or is it truly a real award? 

post #8 of 47

Wedding Wire Bride's Choice is not something you pay for, it's based on how many reviews you have gotten in the past year and the star rating of those reviews. But it doesn't always make sense, a lot of people take issue with it because it doesn't seem to have rhyme or reason to how they are chosen- some people that have gotten lots of good reviews don't get it, and some that have hardly any reviews do get it. 

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post #9 of 47
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Thanks.This lady is very aggressive and if reviews have anything to do with it I'd guess she had plenty of fake ones.

 

It just goes to show - these people never think they've done anything wrong. This was her response - unbelievably condescending for a picture thief. This, after several self righteous denials.

 

Actually I hadn’t remembered because that was over 18 months ago and I have been damn busy over the last year and a half.
I don’t have time to go back through my Timeline photos and hadn’t realized one was in there. It is gone if that one picture in the timeline photos from 18 months ago is what you are talking about.
I design my own website, make all the cakes, deliver them, do the accounting for me and my husband’s other business, do inventory, market my daughter’s photography business, have 3 children, so I apologize that I didn’t even know that picture was still up there.
If that was the only one... then I believe we have concluded our business.
Thank you for your wonderful cooperation in helping me do right by you.
Sincerely
 
How should I respond to that? Thanks so much? Maybe she should have removed 18 mo. ago when originally requested.
 
 
This is what she posted on her facebook page using my original red cupcake tower. Since she made it clear the whole thing is practically irrelevant and basically old news as it's from 18 whole months ago, I'm sure no one will associate this photo with her. Especially since none of the cake are hers

The lovely topsy turvy cake is by Rebecca Suttersby. Don't know about the other two.

post #10 of 47

I wouldn't bother responding.  It's not going to do much for you.  Lol I love how she took the time to explain just how busy she was.  Not to busy to steal pictures apparently!  If you make that many cakes, take your own damn pics... sheesh.

 

I also notice that she apologizes not for using your pics, but for "not realizing it was still up there".  What a piece of work.  I know you dont want to watermark, but you really should.  I've seen some people do it in very classy ways, along the edges of a tier.  

 

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Thanks.This lady is very aggressive and if reviews have anything to do with it I'd guess she had plenty of fake ones.

 

It just goes to show - these people never think they've done anything wrong. This was her response - unbelievably condescending for a picture thief. This, after several self righteous denials.

 

Actually I hadn’t remembered because that was over 18 months ago and I have been damn busy over the last year and a half.
I don’t have time to go back through my Timeline photos and hadn’t realized one was in there. It is gone if that one picture in the timeline photos from 18 months ago is what you are talking about.
I design my own website, make all the cakes, deliver them, do the accounting for me and my husband’s other business, do inventory, market my daughter’s photography business, have 3 children, so I apologize that I didn’t even know that picture was still up there.
If that was the only one... then I believe we have concluded our business.
Thank you for your wonderful cooperation in helping me do right by you.
Sincerely
 
How should I respond to that? Thanks so much? Maybe she should have removed 18 mo. ago when originally requested.
 
 
This is what she posted on her facebook page using my original red cupcake tower. Since she made it clear the whole thing is practically irrelevant and basically old news as it's from 18 whole months ago, I'm sure no one will associate this photo with her. Especially since none of the cake are hers

The lovely topsy turvy cake is by Rebecca Suttersby. Don't know about the other two.

post #11 of 47

Tell her to act like a responsible decorator who cares what others in the profession think of her, to STOP making excuses, and remove any and all content that isn't hers immediately. People and their excuses just crack me up.

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post #12 of 47
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Oh my gosh!! I just went back through my screenshoot files and she had taken tons, I mean TONs, of my pictures and created a website and pages with nothing but my cakes.  I tore into her like a pit bull on raw meat back when that happened. That explains why she shot me 6 frantic emails in a row talking about some deleted website. Holy cow. I didn't recognize her website without my pics!

 

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Originally Posted by jennicake View Postwouldn't bother responding.  It's not going to do much for you.  Lol I love how she took the time to explain just how busy she was.  Not to busy to steal pictures apparently!  If you make that many cakes, take your own damn pics... sheesh.

 

I also notice that she apologizes not for using your pics, but for "not realizing it was still up there".  What a piece of work.  I know you dont want to watermark, but you really should.  I've seen some people do it in very classy ways, along the edges of a tier.  

In my experience people who do this are always a piece of work. And in the email just before that one she said

 

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Tell her to act like a responsible decorator who cares what others in the profession think of her, to STOP making excuses, and remove any and all content that isn't hers immediately. People and their excuses just crack me up.

Her email makes so much more sense now, once I realized who she was.  I thought all that talk about how she's so busy was an attempt to sound important, but it really was excuses. I did tell her the onus wasn't on me to tell her which pics weren't hers.

post #13 of 47

That's really, really tacky.  I'd rather put my own work, which might not be quite as good, on a Facebook page than someone else's!

post #14 of 47
I have never understood the logic behind stealing cake picture! If you like the design. Ok..do a version of it on a dummy...or something! But to just take a picture and say "look what I did" it's ridiculous!
post #15 of 47

I love it when people get indignant about getting caught stealing.

 

How dare you catch her being a dishonest thieving cow, don't you know she is BUSY!?

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