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AIBU to not pay for the slice of cake?

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bananafish Thu 03-Dec-15 18:13:23

This isn't a big deal, really, but I'm somewhat bemused, so here goes.

So, we had a bake sale at work to raise money for a local charity before Christmas.

I baked a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. New recipe, newish oven. It looked good when I put it out, but I was a wee bit nervous it might taste horrible, so I cut a small slice to test it.

The woman who organised the bake sale smiled at me and said: "That will be £1.50, please."

I smiled back and said nothing, as I assumed she was joking. She wasn't; she asked for the money again.

I said that I was just making sure it was OK and I didn't think I needed to pay for the slice of cake? She tutted that it was "bad form", and walked away with her nose in the air.

I appreciate we were raising funds but that's a bit weird, isn't it? Or should I have coughed up?

MammaTJ Thu 03-Dec-15 18:16:18

I think perhaps you should have tasted it at home.

VodkaValiumLattePlease Thu 03-Dec-15 18:16:57

YABU, pretty sure that's stealing...

Daisysbear Thu 03-Dec-15 18:17:28

I would have tasted it at home as well. That being said, the woman was being ridiculous.

ElsaAintAsColdAsMe Thu 03-Dec-15 18:17:42

If you set it out on the stall then decided to taste it then you should have coughed up imo.

If you wanted to taste it you should have done so at home.

ThreeRuddyTubs Thu 03-Dec-15 18:18:02

1.50 for a slice of cake is extortionate at a cake sale. Still maybe you should have tried it at home but then it would have been obvious if it was a round cake!

Chapsie Thu 03-Dec-15 18:18:04

Why would she be joking? Did you then cough up for a slice from someone else's cake or did your 'free' slice fill you up?

DingbatsFur Thu 03-Dec-15 18:18:06

It was your cake! YANBU.

3sugarsplease Thu 03-Dec-15 18:18:09

Personally I don't think YABU but I do agree with Mumma - you could have tried it at home instead...

AssembleTheMinions Thu 03-Dec-15 18:18:24

How is it stealing when it's your cake? confused

BlackeyedSusan Thu 03-Dec-15 18:18:27

I would have withdrawn the whole cake and given her the look

or told her to take it out the cost of the ingredients and charge her for them.

Daisysbear Thu 03-Dec-15 18:19:23

Of course it's not 'stealing'.

GwynethPaltrowIamNot Thu 03-Dec-15 18:19:25

You just cut a slice out in front of her ?

IamTheWhoreofBabylon Thu 03-Dec-15 18:19:53

Jobs worth

Only1scoop Thu 03-Dec-15 18:20:11


You should have explained and cut a little slither maybe asked her to try it. To cut a piece of your own donated cake and not pay is 'bad form' IMO.

Jibberjabberjooo Thu 03-Dec-15 18:21:59

Why didn't you taste it at home? Bit weird to do it at the cake stall. And £1.50 is a huge amount to charge.

FeliciaJollygoodfellow Thu 03-Dec-15 18:22:28

Well, it's for charity so I think it's a bit cheeky to say it's offset against the cost of the ingredients.

I think it's s bit weird though that you tasted it tbh.

EeyoresTail Thu 03-Dec-15 18:23:07

Yanbu You would have paid out more than £1.50 on the ingredients alone. Don't bother baking anything next time OP

FeliciaJollygoodfellow Thu 03-Dec-15 18:23:17

£1.50 is ok for charity surely? Also unless this is a manned stand you'd be surprised at those people that just don't donate <bitter experience>

badg3r Thu 03-Dec-15 18:23:25

YANBU, if you just took a tiny bit and she knew it was you who baked it. But next time I would bake one with washing up liquid in it try it at home instead.

Enjolrass Thu 03-Dec-15 18:23:28

Yabu and I bet she didn't believe you cut a small slice to test it.

I bake cakes for ds school to raise money for the school.

I don't then eat another bun or let ds take one of our buns without paying for it.

Ragwort Thu 03-Dec-15 18:23:31

I do a lot of similar fund raising events and yes, whilst it does seem a little ridiculous to 'pay' for something you have donated, it is considered the 'done thing' to do. The whole point is to raise money for charity.

OstentatiousBreastfeeder Thu 03-Dec-15 18:24:49

I make cakes with a friend and we sell them twice a year at school fetes. If we eat one of our cakes whilst selling which we obvs do, we put money into the kitty to pay for whatever we take.

And that's just our personal profit we're making sure is balanced, the profit from your cake was going to charity. I agree, it's bad form!

BugritAndTidyup Thu 03-Dec-15 18:25:47

How is it stealing when it's your cake? confused

Because once it's been donated and set out on the stall it's not your cake anymore. Should have paid up, OP.

bananafish Thu 03-Dec-15 18:25:58

I didn't think of cutting it and tasting it at home. It was a round cake so it would have looked a bit odd. Oh well, will remember next time. If there is a next time.

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