I'm SO sorry you had such a HORRIBLE day! Those things going on in that zoo (hate to even refer to it as a bakery) are inexcusable! How far are you from Charleston? I'm in upstate SC and I've heard there are really good, reputable catering companies and bakeries in Charleston. I would definitely let the owner know that you will not work in such an environment and didn't realize when you took the job that her place was not kept up to DHEC standards. If she was SO incredibly busy, then why was she on vacation? Shouldn't her priority be her business? I'm not saying she shouldn't spend time with the family, I have 2 kids myself and the lack of time with them is one reason holding me back from opening my own place (money would be another
). All I'm saying is, if you're going to have your own business, sometimes you have to make sacrifices. She should staff her business properly, and make sure things are being run to HER standards, then take off for a vacation. I would never leave my business in such chaos! she HAS to be aware of some of the stuff, I mean, rancid icing, come on, this stuff doesn't get that smelly in 5 minutes, it generally takes days. I realize that the owner isn't going to know every picking thing and sometimes you have to trust your staff, but in those conditions, it seems like they would have gotten some complaints or something. If she doesn't know something's going on, then she is WAY out of touch with her own business, which is sad. And, if she's so desparate to hire you, why are you having to chase HER DOWN??
Just hearing about this person and their business so far, I don't think this is the place you need to be. What kind of a person doesn't return phone calls to their employees in a reasonable amount of time? IMO, she's proven herself to be a horrible business person! Good luck with everything! With your talent, you should go far, just don't lower your standards to get there!!