I read this on Cake Central recently and the poor decorator who experienced it gave me permission to tell her story here.
She said that she had set up a five-tiered wedding cake at the reception site and the Mother of the Bride was there. The MOB loved the cake, said how nice it was, blah blah blah. So the decorator went to leave, and as she walked out of the room she heard a strange grunting sound, then a loud crashing thud.
She turned around to see the MOB on the floor with the cake on the floor with her. Turns out that a woman wearing stilettos had decided that the cake needed to be moved to a different place, and she tried to pick it up herself. The stilettos and the cake didn't want to cooperate.
Luckily the decorator was still there and was able to try to salvage whatever she could, but it was pretty much a lost cause.
This is a tale of horror, but it's also a cautionary tale of what to have in your contract. First of all, make sure that you have a clause that says the cake shouldn't be moved after you set it up. Next, take lots of pictures of the cake after you set it up. Then make sure to tell anyone who's lurking around not to touch the cake! That's really all that you can do, because if someone decides to do something stupid like pick up a five-tier cake on their own, oh well...
Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC, online cake supplies at www.acaketoremember.com and www.acaketoremember.etsy.com