Bakery Gets $2K from Tesla for Canceled Pie Order

Bakery Gets $2K from Tesla for Canceled Pie Order

The California bakery owner who claimed Tesla left her small business “high and dry” by reportedly canceling a large pie order at the last minute says the company has paid her $2,000 to cover the costs of the canceled order.

“I believe this is how they are making good,” owner Voahangy Rasetarinera tells PEOPLE.

Tesla offered her San Jose bakery, The Giving Pies, additional business but Rasetarinera says she turned it down — because she has too many other orders to fill.

“They asked us to cater their Women’s events but we had to decline,” the business owner says.

Rasetarinera shared her story on Facebook in a now-viral post, claiming that a Tesla rep approached her on Valentine’s Day about ordering thousands of mini pies and then later “casually” informed her “that the plan had changed and Tesla would no longer require the order.”

“This abrupt reversal left me reeling, realizing the extent of the impact on my small business,” the business owner wrote. “I had invested time, resources and effort based on assurances from Tesla, only to be left high and dry.”

PEOPLE reached out to Tesla for comment, but they did not immediately respond.

Last week, the bakery owner explained the sequence of events that led Tesla to cancel the order to PEOPLE.

“They have reached out on Wednesday to explain that it was a miscommunication,” Rasetarinera said at the time, adding that she was told by a Tesla employee that an “hourly worker” with Tesla was not authorized to place the order.

“They offered to me to cater two of their events on March 6 and 7 for delivery of 1,600 mini pies each day,” Rasetarinera told PEOPLE. “They said they would email me and that this time we will go through the proper channels so that I can get paid.”

Now, Rasetarinera has more business than she can handle, which made her turn down the additional job offers from Tesla.

The owner had to close her shop on Monday to catch up and fulfill orders after her bakery was inundated with customers who turned out to support the small business over the weekend, ABC affiliate KGO-TV reported.

“We are working nonstop now,” Rasetarinera told PEOPLE on Tuesday.

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