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post #121 of 177
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Here's what has happened. Last Thursday, the MOB drove to my house and placed a check in the mailbox. We had already checked the mail.
My husband checked it too, when he got home. That's how I know when she came by. She didn't even have the "guts" to hand it to me.

I haven't talked with my church police friends (believe it or not-both out w/flu). So in a nut shell, I am still holding a check for $100.00.

Honestly, I can't deal with this woman any more. I'm not going to allow her to rob me of another moment of my sanity. I did my job and she is not my only customer! There are so many BIGGER and better!

Thank you all for your advice and opinions. I simply wanted to know what you as decorators could see. (To assure me the cake was not a complete wash.) You are all great!
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post #122 of 177
You know, I've heard about "Walls of Shame" at some businesses. Basically, if the client gives them a bad check (maybe a stopped payment check would work too), they black out the account number, make a copy and post it on the wall under a sign that states this person wrote a bad check.

If I was in the business of writing bad checks, that would be enough to send me off looking for the next sucker.
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post #123 of 177
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Originally Posted by tonicake

I'm not going to allow her to rob me of another moment of my sanity.



Well, either way you cut it, you're letting her rob you. I'm just glad that you're in such a position that you *can* let people steal what has to be at least a few hundred dollars from you. Either way, you seem to have resolved it in a way that makes you happy, so good for you. thumbs_up.gif
post #124 of 177
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Originally Posted by OfficerMorgan

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Originally Posted by tonicake



Gosh, I don't like mean people!



OK, that's it. GET A BACKBONE. NOW. This is a BUSINESS, not a touchy feely butterflies and rainbows charity! Get a contract! Make them pay you two weeks before! CASH the check at their bank that day. Don't give them stuff for free. If they request stuff at the last minute, don't make it until they pay you!

I am so frustrated right now with this. You aren't being nice, you're being a doormat, and it was all preventable and really your fault. People will take advantage of you and walk over you if you let them. DON'T LET THEM!!!!!!



You are SO my HERO! icon_biggrin.gif

Tonicakes - I hope you read this...

I use to be that doormat too. Where my cakes are concerned I am a force to be reckoned with now! I charge what I am worth, I DO NOT EVER accept checks. Credit card & cash only, half down in a non refundable deposit or $300 which ever is larger, cakes under $400 are payable in full at time of booking, and if over that balance due 2 weeks prior. One courtesy email one week prior to payment deadline, one courtesy phone call day before payment deadline, if even one day late payment must be cash, if 2 days late NO CAKE! Also, no changes or additions after the 30 days till event mark.

As far as a stopped payment - have had it happen to me once in my cake biz but several times in my dance studio biz (usually because they quit and didn't actually withdraw from the school, and I have an iron clad withdrawal policy in that contract that they sign.)

I filed them with my DA and got the money each time plus the return check fee of $40 and the filing fee of $50. Stopped payments don't have to follow the same guidelines as a returned check for NSF. An NSF you have to allow 14 days from date of letter for repayment and you have to send certified letter notifying them of the NSF. When a DA sees a stop pay and there was no valid reason, it is then theft by check and they take that VERY seriously! You don't have to go to small claims, that is much more expensive. Just sick your local DA on her. They will handle it all for you. You only need to talk to the DA, you don't ever have to even speak with that lady.
post #125 of 177
Okay wait, I just read your update. How much was the check she stopped payment on? Is $100 what they owed you? Also, I would send the bride an invoice for the extra cupppies not only because she owes you for them, but because of all the stress her mom gave you!

And WHY on GOD'S GREEN EARTH WOULD YOU ACCEPT ANOTHER CHECK FROM THIS PERSON????!!!!!!

WOW! I am really dissappointed in you. You are an amazing cake artist, but if you don't have the business balls that you really need to do this business (or any business) then why are you doing this. You can't "play" at being a professional cake designer/decorator, and when you let people do you this way, then you are playing at being in business? Who is the boss of your business YOU or YOUR CLIENT???

It should be YOU! I guarantee you that the reason she pulled this stunt is because she already read in your demeanor that you would fold like a house of cards.

In the dance studio biz, studio owners who try to please every single client, and the clients run the show, end up out of business within 2 years! I have seen dance studios owners who have been in business for over 30 years, grow older, softer, and stop being the boss and evertime they end up closing, emotionally and financially drained because of it. And then I have seen newbies open and think they have to do it the way each client wants, and there again fold in no time flat. You cannot please everyone, so you have to please yourself! (great song btw...LOL)

You have to deal with your business the way you would if you were working for a paycheck from an employer...that business is your paycheck! Don't let others screw with your families pocket book!

Again, you are an AMAZING cake artist! Your works speaks for itself! Don't be that doormat! And change your contract and payment policies IMMEDIATELY! It really will take so much of the stress of this biz off your shoulders.
post #126 of 177
Wait how much is still owed including the stopped check and remaining balance for the extra last minute order? That is crazy. I am with the others and you should go after what is yours by right and contract.

Or else you should start giving your cakes away and bend over for them to boot...

This is terrible! No one is going to stand up for you and your business but you.
It is quite empowering to get what you have coming and make the would be thieves pay up. Seriously if you give up now there will be a long line of orders to come that will be ready to try and shaft you. Especially once word gets out how they just didn't pay you for the rest because they thought it wasn't worth it.
Are you going to roll over and take it on all future orders too? Come on you can do it! It is worth it! And it is owed to you! Make the calls and get things handled lawfully! thumbs_up.gif
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post #127 of 177
I still think you should pursue the rest of the payment and payment for the mini cupcakes.
Don't wait for the next contract to exercise your resolve to stand up for yourself. Start now. Go after what is yours, you will feel much better. At least send her an email or letter to let her know you will be taking legal action and/or report her to the credit agencies.
Is $100 worth the money you spent and the week you took off teaching??
post #128 of 177
Okay I'm lost. So did you get all the $$ owed you or not? Without reading all these pages again, what's the $100 check you're holding? What does she still owe you? UGH!!
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post #129 of 177
Can't wait to find out what's happening with this post!
Hope its all worked out,
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post #130 of 177
The easiest thing to do when holding a check like that is to immediately go to a branch of HER bank and cash the check. You can tell HER bank that you are afraid there may not be sufficient funds since you have had problems with this person in the past. They should cash the check and look at her funds too. If the check is bad or stop payment has been issued they will know without you having to go through your own bank to find out. It's that simple. You get your money without the hassle. We do this all the time with problem check writers.
post #131 of 177
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Originally Posted by KathysCC

The easiest thing to do when holding a check like that is to immediately go to a branch of HER bank and cash the check. You can tell HER bank that you are afraid there may not be sufficient funds since you have had problems with this person in the past. They should cash the check and look at her funds too. If the check is bad or stop payment has been issued they will know without you having to go through your own bank to find out. It's that simple. You get your money without the hassle. We do this all the time with problem check writers.



The deal here is that the $100 does not cover the first stopped payment check that was written. The lady wrote a check to pay for the cake then stopped payment on it--perpetrated fraud yes?
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post #132 of 177
I'm new. Have never sold a cake, BUT I agree with the PP that suggested you take this woman to court or at least scare her into paying you what you're owed. You did a wonderful cake and if it was me, I will NOT allow anyone to not pay me for my work. I think that allowing anyone to rob me of my hard earned money will take more peace than fighting for my rights.

Good luck to you,
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post #133 of 177
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Originally Posted by cakesdivine

You are an amazing cake artist, but if you don't have the business balls that you really need to do this business (or any business) then why are you doing this. You can't "play" at being a professional cake designer/decorator, and when you let people do you this way, then you are playing at being in business? Who is the boss of your business YOU or YOUR CLIENT???



Amen! thumbs_up.gif You can make cute puppy and fluffy bunny cakes, but take them out of the business side of things.
post #134 of 177
And this is why I tell people who are wanting to open a "cake business" that "making cakes" is just a very SMALL part of doing this as a business. If you don't have a business set mind....it doesn't matter how beautiful and delicious your cakes are.....chances are your business will fail.

OP if you cash this $100 check that may be taken as resolution to this matter.

I wouldn't cash it.

I'd bring it to the police along with a copy of the canceled check and file a report.
post #135 of 177
The one reason I predict our poor stressed out op does go forth with this~~ Because there cometh one after her. Because this stop payment chick will be emboldened to do this again somehow. Maybe not with a wedding cake per se but somehow to someone else.

If she's allowed to continue she'll screw somebody else.

I mean it might reach a point where you cannot continue -- no more stings to pull but you gotta think it over some more huh.

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