A bride ordered her wedding cake ( 2 weeks before her date), even though it was late notice we agreed to accommodate her. She e-mailed us a picture of the 'exact' cake she was looking for. We said it would be no problem at all and we relayed all the information about the cake back to her in a quote " four tier cake, same design as the picture, same colours, etc. No cake topper (as she had her own)." She agreed to the quote and we made deposit arrangements ( there were quite a few emails back and fourth as we had to contact her numerous times regarding time of delivery, address of venue final payment arrangements etc).
As each creative baker knows, we can sometimes be our worst critics when it comes to our own work. Well, I was particularly impressed with this cake I loved the way it turned out, I loved the design (which I do not in any way take credit for, as she sent the picture of the design), lets just say I would love this cake at my own wedding.
She calls us up the day of her wedding swearing and carrying on, saying she told us she wanted "pillers" in between the layers of the cake. We apologized profusely and said we will go through the emails and carefully go over all the documentation regarding her order. We did this right away, and there was not at any point and mention of "pillers" (or any mention of anything different from the picture she sent for that matter, and we had all the documentation to prove what she ordered and what she paid for).
I e-mailed the bride the same day and was very sympathetic and apologetic that she was unhappy with her cake. After all, no business wants to hear of an unhappy bride on her wedding day! I explained that there was nothing documented regarding the "pillars" she was referring to and maybe she forgot to tell us. Even though, this was not our fault ( how would we have known if she hadn't told us), We still wanted to apologize and make her feel better so we offered her a free anniversary cake for her and her husbands first anniversary together.
Her reply to that e-mail was extremely rude & saying she hated the cake, and our work, and did not want those colors on the cake either. She peeled and poked the cake and then took pictures trying to say that it was not made very well. I took pictures from every angle before I left her venue so I know 150% the cake was perfect. She kept swearing and was extremely difficult to talk to professionally. She said she wanted her money back for the cake.
I then replied saying once again, I am very sorry to hear she did not like the cake. Unfortunately we do not offer refunds once a cake has been set up and delivered (unless of course there was a warranted reason for a refund as we are more then reasonable people to work with). Also, I was very confident in this particular cake and as I have read on this forum, it is your own discretion if you feel a refund is warranted. After all, she sent me a picture and it turned out just like the picture. She received the product in which she agreed to & paid for.
After that e-mail, she replied stating that she did not need a first anniversary cake as they were keeping the top tier of our cake for their first anniversary. I found this very strange seeing as they 'hated' the cake so much, why they would want to keep the top tier as a memory for their 1st anniversary. She said she would like a nice Christmas cake instead of the anniversary one I had initially offered.
At this point, I can tell this customer is just trying to get something for free and am very frustrated that she is saying my work is terrible just to benefit herself. She was on more then one occasion verbally abusive to myself & staff. I emailed her for a final time stating that there are other talented bakeries in the area in which she should go to seeing as our work does not seem to be up to her standards. We apologized one final time and wished her the best.
Her new husband took it upon himself to comment on our facebook page about how it wasn't what the bride ordered etc. and he also, was very rude & obnoxious about it. Normally I would leave the comment, and professionally address the concern for all my other customers to see for themselves, however, I knew it wasn't going to get anywhere. So I just deleted it or it would have turned into a huge argument back and forth and for what?
The whole "Icing on the cake" to this story is... the bride's facebook picture, out of all the pictures from her wedding, had a picture of her and her husband cutting the ("horrible, terrible") cake & kissing.
This is just extremely frustrated because we really do care a lot about customer service & have always had great reviews.