I work out of my home (yes, I'm licensed). I've never considered holding tastings anywhere but here but now I'm starting to rethink it. I conduct "tasting days" once a month and book appointments hourly and today was the March tasting day. I have a no children allowed policy because of bad past experiences that range from my husband having to act as a babysitter, to children running around my home unattended (and then going upstairs into my children's bedrooms, etc.). So the other day one of my tasting appointments emails me and says she just read on my website that I don't allow children but she would like to know if I'd make an exception so that she can bring her 3 kids with her and her fiance since they are such an integral part of the wedding and the planning of it and really wants their input as to which flavor they like, etc. I emailed her back and explained that it was a tough call because as a mother I could sympathize but as a business professional, I instilled this policy for valid reasons (which I explained to her). I told her that I would prefer her not bring the children but if it was causing a hardship (they were not local) then I would allow it. She emailed me back and assured me that although he kids were by no means perfect, they were well behaved and she would take appropriate measures (dad taking kids out) if things got crazy. So now onto her appointment today. They show up (late!) and the oldest (who was 9) sits down at the table and annouces that he won't be tasting any cake today as he woke up with the stomach flu. Ugh, seriously???? In addition, the other two were not well behaved and mom had to speak to them several times in order for me to get a sentence out. I did my best to rush them through the details and when things were almost wrapped up the boy holds his belly and looks at me and says, I'm doing my best to hold it in. All I could think was OMG, don't you dare throw up in my house! I sent him out to the car with the dad-to-be and finished the details with mom (the bride) and then ushered her out the door too. I then promptly went and tried to disinfect everything before my next client arrived.
I cannot believe the nerve of some people. I was so upset that she not only took advantage of my good nature by falsing saying that her children were well behaved, but to expose me and my family to a stomach bug was just unacceptable in my opinion.
Again, sorry for the rant, but I really needed to vent!