“It’s not funny to me. This is back-to-school time. I have two little girls here. I have a car that needs fixing”
A cake maker in Milledgeville, Georgia says she has been fired after a mix-up led to the production of a marijuana-themed cake — instead of a cake inspired by Disney’s animated character Moana.
Dairy Queen employee Cassandra Walker says she decorated the cake after her manager, who took, and misheard, the order via phone, gave her the go-ahead and oversaw Walker’s work.
“The manager stood behind me while I pulled the images off the internet,” she told USA Today. “She walked by as I decorated the cake. As I boxed the cake up, she was the one who walked it up to the front.”
Although the viral error garnered a lot of jokes online, Walker isn’t laughing. “It’s not funny to me,” she told USA Today. “This is back-to-school time. I have two little girls here. I have a car that needs fixing. It’s not funny to me.”
Walker says she was terminated on Monday, which also happened to be her birthday, after working at that Dairy Queen location for about a year.
The incident occurred when Kensli Davis, now 25, asked her mother for a Moana-themed birthday cake. Her mother called the shop to order the cake, and the staff misheard “Moana” as “marijuana,” and made a cake that featured a large green cannabis leaf and a stoned-looking My Little Pony exhaling a puff of smoke.
Davis posted on social media about the birthday surprise. “My mama called and ordered me a cake telling them how much I loved Moana,” she wrote. “(Because really I do) Well needless to say these people thought she said marijuana. That ice cream cake was still good though.”
Dairy Queen co-owner Al Autry acknowledged the mix-up in a statement to USA Today but did not confirm or deny Walker’s termination.
“Our cake decorator designed a cake based on what she thought she heard the customer order,” Autry stated, referring to the incident as a “simple misunderstanding.” “When the customer picked it up and said it was not what she ordered, we immediately apologized for the error and offered to redesign it the way she originally intended. The customer said it was fine, paid for the cake and left.”
The move to fire Walker seems heavy-handed, especially considering the Davis family’s apparent delight over the cannabis confection.
“The lady who made my cake was apologetic and offered to make another one. But the first one was so good we weren’t worried about it,” Davis told CNN. “The whole family thought it was the funniest thing ever and said it would definitely [be] a birthday to remember.”
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Written by Emma Spears