Originally Posted by carmijok
As to why they put it on a chair -- who knows. Maybe they did not believe they had space for it on a table. As unfortunate as it is, they did pay for it--it was an exchange even if uneven--it is theirs to do with as they please. The recourse is simply to refuse to do business with them in the future.
They didn't pay for it. She did it as a trade that has not taken place yet. And yes I would expect a compliment or at least a thank you for doing this as a result of that.
Cake is not air conditioning repair. It's an art form that usually elicits a response when received...good or bad. To me if they say they love it, wonderful. If they say they don't, you fix it. If they say nothing, there may be cause for concern and then it's time to ask. If they say it's fine, then they can't come back later and say it's not what they wanted. It's all in your expectations. If you expect nothing, then that's usually what you get.
And whether this was a trade or purchase or what, I just know that if I was a guest at the place where my cake was, I would make damn sure it was going to be in a place where it was safe and not falling apart--I don't care if it technically was 'theirs' or not! If someone gave me a cake for a party and I knew they were going to be there, I wouldn't stick it haphazardly on a chair where it wouldn't get noticed or eaten! What disrespect! I mean if they obviously didn't care where it went, then they wouldn't be too upset if someone put it where it was safe.
Sure, if she hadn't been there she never would have known about it...but she was...and to me she was perfectly within her rights to move it where it belonged, and IMO she should have!