Sue was outraged when she was charged $72 to have a birthday cake cut at Stillwater at Crittenden.
Sue was outraged when she was charged $72 to have a birthday cake cut at Stillwater at Crittenden.

Winery’s $72 birthday cake rip-off

A BIRTHDAY lunch was no piece of cake after a diner was charged a $72 at a Mornington Peninsula winery to have a BYO sponge cut and served.

Shocked caller Sue told 3AW said she was horrified after she was charged $12 per person to have a passionfruit cake served on plates for her girlfriend's birthday.

"I bought a passionfruit sponge from a local Mornington bakery and it cost ten dollars," Sue said this morning.

The woman said there were six people who went to lunch at the winery.

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A group celebrating a birthday was shocked after being charged a $72 cakeage fee.
A group celebrating a birthday was shocked after being charged a $72 cakeage fee.

But the restaurant director and owner Zac Poulier has told the Herald Sun the woman made a booking for 12 people and was aware there was a $6 per person service charge.

"It was in the booking notes under her booking that she might be bringing a cake and she was aware that there would be a cakeage charge," he said.

The owner said he was disappointed the woman didn't raise the issue at all and instead went to a radio station.

"Absolutely it's disappointing … we did charge $72 but that was for 12 people, not for six and this lady was told at the time of booking about the fee," Mr Poulier said.

Receipts and booking information seen by the Herald Sun confirm a booking of 12 by a woman named "Sue " was aware of the charge.

The woman told 3AW she asked the staff at Stillwater at Crittenden to put the cake in the fridge and they offered to cut it out and bring it out on little plates.

"We sang happy birthday and everything ... they charged me $72 for the cake to be cut," Sue said.

"If we'd have known we'd have literally cut it with a butter knife," she said.


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