Working as a cake decorator, or really any form of retail, I expected Friday the 13th of September and the Harvest Moon to be rough. While I don’t believe it for any mystical reasons, I believe that if the moon can affect tides and waves (in case you’re unaware, tides are directly a result of the moon’s magnetic pull), then it can affect the way people act. Combined with a day that holds so much superstition, I thought I was prepared.
I was not prepared.
These people acted a fool, ya’ll! The phones at work rang off the hook, and I swear half the state of South Carolina forgot their child’s birthday and wanted a cake “right now today omg omg!” Ya’ll… Stop forgetting your kids birthdays! And, please, for the love of God, STOP ORDERING CAKES LAST MINUTE! It’s not fair to your cake decorator who already has three days worth of work to do in one day. And it’s not fair to the people who put their orders in days and sometimes weeks in advance. Calling in at the last minute with some outlandish, off-the-wall, crazy massive cake idea isn’t, I repeat IS NOT going to get you what you want. These things have to be planned in advance.
On top of all of this, when our truck came in last Tuesday, apparently they didn’t unload the whole thing and somehow that meant that part of our truck ended up at another store. Twenty-eight pieces we were missing. That meant that I didn’t even have all the stuff I needed to even do my job. I didn’t have any chocolate cupcakes. I didn’t have any chocolate sheet cakes. I didn’t have any whipped icing. The baker was missing breads and doughnuts and I don’t even know what else. It makes doing my job exceedingly difficult when I don’t have the product I need.
Suffice it to say, it was a rough day. I never intended to start decorating cakes again. Days like this are the reason why.