I was a cake decorator at a major grocery store before I left it to raise my sons at home and I never regret a day of it.
The worst experience was when our store used to make wedding cakes. First off, outside of baking and frosting your own cake, a grocery store wedding cake cannot get any cheaper. Yet, people would come in and complain about having to pay $110 dollars for a cake that feeds 150 people. For comparison sake, I paid 600 dollars for my wedding cake at a REAL wedding cake designer/baker and it fed 250 people and even that is considered pretty cheap. Second, women who plan their own weddings are the rudest bitches on the planet. It's as if the whole world needs to stop and focus on HER wedding!So on top of all my daily baking and no extra pay, I would have to deal with women who didn't care about anything else then themselves and of course how cheap could they get it for.
We used to have several rules at the bakery, but of course if the person got the right manager and bitched louder they could get anything they want, which leads me to the very last wedding cake I ever made for the store.
The customer comes in about 2 weeks before the wedding and orders the cake, which is not unusual since most people who use grocery stores have no concept of time and planning. The transaction is normal and actually quite pleasant.
Fast forward to the day of pick up- complete 360 and the bitch from hell shows up.
First the bitch swears the cake is not the one she ordered.
Second she all of a sudden has no memory of ever talking to me the decorator, even though she took 25 minutes going over every ridiculous detail.
Third, she produces some picture of a cake that our bakery doesn't even produce.
The last and final draw was when it came time to pay.
The crazy bitch whips out her EBT card.
My jaw hit the floor because we don't take EBT cards for decorated cakes/party trays/5 foot sub sandwiches and I knew this cake that took me 4 hours was going to crush my shrink quota.
Long story short, my manager ended up calling up the department of social services to check to see if someone COULD use food stamps to purchase a wedding cake and the woman on the other line said, "As long as said food is for human consumption and is not heated, alcoholic, or an energy drink- it's valid."
So guess who got their wedding cake for free?