When Sarah, a Washington, D.C. resident, wanted to do something special for her significant other on their anniversary, she stopped by a bakery near her workplace in Arlington, VA. to order a cake with which to celebrate the event.
Sarah, who requested that The Advocate not include her last name (privacy and all), found the design she wanted–but asked that the balloons that adorned the cake’s top in the catalogue be omitted. She told the baker she wanted carrot cake–Lindsey’s favorite. The cake was to say “Happy Anniversary Lindsey! Love, Sarah.”
When Sarah picked up the cake, however, she discovered something horrifying: the bakery had gone against her wishes and included the balloons. To make matters worse, it was chocolate!
There was also the little matter of the offensive message sloppily scrawled across the top of the cake: “Lesbian Anniv. No Ballons.”
After opening the cake in the shop, Sarah immediately asked to speak with a manager. The manager
hastily apologized for the horrible message and immediately terminated the person responsible apologized for the sloppy message, but not the content. After issuing a refund, the manager offered Sarah a “less sloppy” cake but refused to address the content of the original cake’s message–even when Sarah pressed the issue.
Sarah declined the new cake–she and Lindsey, according to Advocate, ate the cake when they celebrated their anniversary.
When she shared a picture of the cake on social media, according to various people (like the one above) commenting on articles concerning this story, she shared it with friends on social media and the press found it from there. Sarah did not want the attention, but answered Advocate‘s questions under the condition that her last name not be used. She did not name the bakery for the same reason.
While Sarah has refused to name the shop in which this took place, she told The Advocate that “When it occurred to me that this was probably an intentional insult to my relationship, I was appalled at the audacity of the cake decorator or baker or whoever was responsible. It’s disappointing to know that when I want to honor the most important person in my life, I have to worry about some intolerant person ruining the surprise I had planned.”
***If anyone has information that can lead to the identification of the bakery, please contact John Prager.***