Elon Musk Intervenes Following Tesla's Cancellation Impact on California Bakery

San Jose Bakery Faces Unexpected Setback from Tesla Order.

by Nouman Rasool
Elon Musk Intervenes Following Tesla's Cancellation Impact on California Bakery
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Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has stepped forward to resolve a dispute involving his renowned company, Tesla, and a small but thriving bakery in the heart of California. The issue at hand? A substantial pie order cancellation that left the bakery's owner facing significant financial losses.

This story has caught the attention of numerous media outlets, including prominent platforms like MSN, Google, and Google News. The controversy began when Tesla, known for its groundbreaking electric vehicles, unexpectedly withdrew a large order from Giving Pies, a Black-owned bakery in San Jose, renowned for its culinary excellence.

The bakery, under the diligent management of Voahangy Rasetarinera, had initially received an urgent request from Tesla on Valentine’s Day for 2,000 pies, a lucrative deal amounting to around $6,000, as reported by KTVU.

This order was not only a financial boon but also a testament to the bakery's quality and capacity to handle large-scale orders, something Rasetarinera had previously managed with other tech giants. However, the situation took an unexpected turn.

After multiple follow-ups regarding payment, essential for procuring ingredients and compensating staff, a Tesla representative named Laura increased the order to 4,000 pies, assuring that finances were not a concern. The bakery team, demonstrating commendable commitment and skill, worked tirelessly to meet this expanded demand.

Tesla Cancels Pie Order

The plot thickened when, despite sending several invoices, the bakery received no response from Tesla regarding payment. To the bakery's dismay, Tesla abruptly informed them that the pies were no longer needed.

This sudden cancellation, casually delivered, had a profound impact on the small business. Rasetarinera, in a candid Facebook post, expressed her disillusionment, highlighting the investment of time, resources, and effort based on Tesla's assurances.

The situation was further complicated when Tesla claimed that the representative, Laura, lacked the authority to approve such payments, as reported by KGO-TV, an ABC affiliate. While Tesla did not settle the payment for the pies, they offered a factory tour as a form of recompense.

This story took a positive turn when Elon Musk, the visionary behind Tesla, intervened personally. In a response to the viral story on X (formerly known as Twitter), Musk promised to “make things good with the bakery”.

His commitment to rectifying the situation underscores Tesla's ethos of striving for excellence and reliability, as Musk emphasized in his post.

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