Wednesday, December 2, 2009

My Stolen Birthday Cake

They said it was marble cake with cream cheese icing but you couldn't prove it by me. Why? Because someone stole my birthday cake from right underneath my nose...almost.

Here's how it went down. Every year my daughter's-in-law, sister-in-law, and sometimes a couple family friends celebrate our birthdays at a nice restaurant. The birthday girl gets to chose the place to eat.

I was the birthday girl. I chose a lovely Italian restaurant. My birthday was a couple weeks ago, but we couldn't all get together until last night. It's tradition that someone brings a decorated cake from the grocery store and the restaurant serves the cake....complete with blazing candles. This year, my poor daughter's-in-law forgot to get the cake so just when I was arriving at the restaurant, they were leaving.

"Where are the going?" I asked my sister-in-law, Dee. I soon found out the girls were making a mad dash to find a birthday cake suitable for name and all.

I couldn't care less about a cake, but it's the thought that counts I guess. Anyway the girls left flustered and came back to the restaurant and gave the cake to the hostess as a "surprise" for me later.

We all had a nice dinner and lots of lively conversation. About mid-dinner I noticed a birthday cake with glowing candles being delivered to another table across the room. "Hmmm," I thought to myself, "Someone else is having a birthday and that person is as old as me." I could tell because the cake was almost on fire with count-the-year candles. My mind drifted off to something else.

About twenty minutes later I saw a lot of activity at the opposite end of the table from me (complete with the manager of the restaurant and my daughters-in-law). They were all pretty red faced. I found out why when the manager asked, "Who's Jan?"

I raised my hand feeling a little stupid.

"Well," she said, "We accidentally delivered your cake to the another large group at the wrong table.

"And?" I asked.

"They ate your cake," the manager responded.

"Someone ate my birthday cake?" I asked quite stunned.

"Yes, someone ate your cake," she said.

For a minute I didn't know what to say and then I did what I had to do....I started laughing and I mean rolling on the floor laughing. Who on earth has the nerve to steal someone's birthday cake????? Who??????

Lowdown snake-in-the grass birthday cake thieves, that's who!

Anyway, in spite of the fact that my cake was stolen the evening turned out quite well. The restaurant staff was more than gracious. They told us all to order any dessert we wanted from the menu and they gave all nine of us $25 gift certificates. They also reimbursed the girls for the original birthday cake and candles.

I think I want to go back to that restaurant again next year.

I am writing from the heart. Every word is true! If you live in Columbus, Ohio and know anyone who stole a birthday cake at Bravo's restaurant on December 1, 2009 at around 8:00 P.M. please feel free to shame them mercilessly!

Also, let them know that decency and honor always prevails!

P.S. Please forgive me for not posting and commenting as much as usual. I'm dealing with a back issue that keeps me from sitting or standing very long. I had an MRI today and plan to be back to normal soon!


Janet (Latte Lady) said...

Those people are warped! Eating someone els's cake... and with your name on it no less!

Happy belated birthday you sweet lady!


^..^Corgidogmama said...

Those folks did you all a great favor, I'm thinking~you all came out way ahead!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I hope those people all got indigestion for eating and accepting your cake- like it was theirs!
That restuarant really ROCKED in trying to make things better!
That was so thoughtful about the girls going and getting the cake in the first place- and your right-its the thought that counts!
I would have been laughing too- that is totally unreal!
This gave you time to extend your birthday into more fun!

Janie B said...

That is hilarious...and just a little weird! Ha! Hope you enjoyed your birthday.

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2cats said...

Oh Jan what a funny birthday. Those people should be ashamed, but I think you got the better bargain.
Please feel better soon.

Barbara's Spot on the Blog said...

The truth is always stranger than fiction isn't it?

Lily Robinson said...

We had a party for someone at work once. This guy (not very popular) walked in and cut himself a piece of cake... It hadn't been cut yet! It was probably the same guy...

Jan Mader said...

Oh yes it is!

Jan Mader said...

The yes was to to Lily...Let's go get him...he's making the rounds in Ohio!

AL said...

OMG! That was unforgettable and unfortunate, they didn't even bother to ask if there was a mistake, considering your name JAN was written on it? That's a shame!

I was commenting a while ago about spy cameras and burglar alarms and here I am reading your blog about stolen birthday cake. Sorry I laughed. Belated Happy Birthday JAN!


Kat said...

LOL! What a funny story. I am still smiling.

DJan said...

Happy birthday to you also, Jan. This Jan (DJan) had her birthday this past Tuesday, but I promise, IT WAS NOT ME! Great story, it made me laugh.

SANDY said...

OMG, I'm stunned. I can see how the staff might get confused and deliver a cake to the wrong table; but when said cake arrived at that table with your name on it, and I doubt they had a Jan who's birthday it was at that table I can't believe they would go ahead and eat your cake. I hope they all age double on their upcoming birthdays. Geeesssssssss

And Happy Belated. I'm happy to say mine slipped quietly by.

Think young thoughts, and got my toes and fingers crossed the back things improve 10 fold. I know they are no fun.


Theresa Milstein said...

I heard a similar story on Car Talk on NPR. One of the brother was out to dinner, and when a cake was delivered to their large group, they ate it by accident. They thought it was part of what they'd ordered. But this was a while ago, and they live in Massachusetts. Here are two stories about it. (see description)
Apparently it's a common occurrence.

Linda A. said...


I am new to your blog. I heard of it from Jean Matthew Hall.

What a birthday story! You were such a good sport about it all. I loved that you responded with a fit of laughter instead of anger.

When I read this I was reminded of "When You Give a Mouse a Cookie." My thoughts were along these lines, "When you give a birthday cake to the wrong table..." Maybe you can take this experience and turn it into a humorous book listing manners for adults attending birthday parties.

I look forward to blogging with you again.

Linda A.

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