I get all kinds of phone calls at the bakery, and today I received a good one that I had to share with you. I feel bad for this office worker who has to coordinate birthday cakes for her co-workers…
Me: Good afternoon, Ron Ben-Israel Cakes.
Caller: I need a small birthday cake for 10 people.
Me: What’s the day you need the cake for?
Me: I would love to be able to help you out, but during wedding season we like to have a few months notice.
Caller: Even though it’s a small cake?
Me: Yes, Ma’am.
Caller: I have one guy who is Jewish, another with a milk allergy and another who is allergic to wheat. Is there someone you can recommend?
Me: I have never had all of those requested of me at the same time, and I don’t even know if any of our colleagues would do that combination.
Caller: I tell ya, I am the office coordinator, and we always celebrate everyone’s birthday on staff. But trying to get a birthday cake for these people? It’s the only time I truly dislike my job.
Me: Well I am sorry that I can’t help you out, but I really don’t know if anyone can…
Caller: (Laughing) Thank you for your time, maybe I will just get a regular cake, tell them it’s gluten free, dairy free and kosher. Then I am going to grab a bag of popcorn and pull up chair and watch the fun unfold!
Me: Well have fun with that and good luck.
Caller: I need all the luck I can get. Thanks and have a great day.