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I am so sick of under the table illegal bakers! GRRRRR...........

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I went thru this in the summertime a little.....now it's happening again......there is a young lady who is doing 'business' as in NOT INSPECTED, NOT LICENSED, NOTHING from her home about 20 miles from me.....she's advertising on Facebook, taking orders, baking up a storm. UGH!!! I swear.....it is enough to make me just want to scream...all people see is the $$$ of what they are purchasing......it's not so difficult to get going LEGALLY in NC...why do people want to do this under the table?! She's killing me...she is doing all this 'home baking'  and doing it cheap as crapola......she is not doing the decorative cakes YET......just all the other stuff, as in plain homemade cakes, desserts, etc.........and not making a damn dime off of it, according to her prices! :( People will pay to get desserts so cheap.....it bites me bad.She posted on her wall how 'swamped she was with all this baking at Thanksgiving'....I really hoped she would have gotten sick of it, also having 3 small kids at home is a challenge..... I have worked very hard to get my name and business out there, it is hard to do when you live in a small county....as far as I can tell, I am the only licensed legal home baker around here.............I sweared I would not let this get to me......obviously cheap is the key ingredient in bakery stuff. :/ Just had to vent to get it out.....ignore this if you need to. It just sucks bigtime for me. :(

post #2 of 35
Turn her in.

I turn in all the illegals I find. I don't go trolling around gor them, but whenever I stumble over one I shoot an e-mail to yhe HD.
post #3 of 35

Complaining on Cake Central will only help you temporarily.  You need to take action and report her to the board of health in her county, they will shut her down until she is in compliance.  Otherwise, it will continue to happen.  Don't be afraid to make the call, it will also protect her in the long run.  She may not even be aware she's illegal.

post #4 of 35

Yes. Turn her in. With her pricing you'd be doing both of you a favor.

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post #5 of 35

^^How true^^

 

Unfortunately, once she gets legal, she's still going to under cut you. I can only assume these people don't get sick of it because, even when they charge so little, they may still bring in an extra couple of hundred dollars a week. Though they usually think they're bringing  more because they don't fully subtract their costs. Try telling them different though...

post #6 of 35
There are VERY few legal bakers in my area, yet so many baking 'businesses.' It cost almost nothing for me to get all my paperwork done to become legal, and the money that was spent was on a water test because I'm on a well.
In conversations with the health department, they have said they are OK with the public alerting them to illegal food businesses. They don't have the time or manpower to find them, so they actually depend on us to help.
So, yeah. Turn her in.
post #7 of 35
If it is super easy in your area to become legal, then it sounds like even if she did become "legal", you would still have a problem because she works for cheap.

Sounds like your problem isn't with the legality but with her prices.

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post #8 of 35

Just turn her in.

post #9 of 35
I'm surprised no one has mentioned turning her in yet.
post #10 of 35
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Originally Posted by jason_kraft View Post

I'm surprised no one has mentioned turning her in yet.

I know - it's usually the first thing someone says!

Then all the other illegals come on here and start screaming about karma and minding one's own business.
post #11 of 35
Omg, mind your own business and leave her be!

I just reported someone, she's someone I know actually... Made me all warm and fuzzy inside.
post #12 of 35
Someone told me to my business once. I told them that minding my business included looking for my company. That means reporting illegal bakers. I don't mind competotion. But I only want to compete with legal places following the rules.
post #13 of 35
How do you know if someone isn't licensed? I was home-based and fully legal for a long time. I don't know how anyone would know whether I went through the proper channels or not. Do you ever wonder how many bitter bakers have called to report *you*? icon_wink.gif
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post #14 of 35
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Originally Posted by BrandisBaked View Post

How do you know if someone isn't licensed? I was home-based and fully legal for a long time. I don't know how anyone would know whether I went through the proper channels or not. Do you ever wonder how many bitter bakers have called to report *you*? icon_wink.gif

If you report someone who is actually licensed, the worst that happens is the health dept wasting a few minutes looking into it.
post #15 of 35
In my case, the girl is proudly advertising the fact that she isn't legal.
The health dept knows anyway, if you report a legal business for being illegal, they never even know.
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