Friday, May 31, 2019

You'd Think It Would Be Easy




Bernie Frei blogs 
for the Domestic Diva Mysteries 
by Krista Davis 






Do you know Natasha? The Natasha with her own local TV show? Tall, slender, and aggravatingly opinionated? Natasha wanted to be part of the pie festival. I'm in charge this year and it's no secret that I am not a fan of Natasha. She acts entirely too imperious for my taste.
That aside, last year her pie entry sent the judges to the hospital! So I banned her from entering this year. I suppose I could have handled it more gently. Maybe the person accepting the pies could have dropped hers upside down? 
Now she's furious. And has the nerve to make a public scene about it! 
What would you have done in my shoes?

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36 comments:

  1. Gosh, how awful for Bernie. I would have limited this year's entrants to new entrants only. So, since Natasha entered last year's contest she would not be eligible this year. If it's a rule it takes the spotlight off Bernie. mlarkin AT rmrgroup DOT com

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  2. Tact is not always my strong suit - I probably would have banned her, too.
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. I think I she should be banned also. Since her pie got the judges sick in the previous year, I think they could prevent her from entering due to insurance reasons. If not, a terrible accident could happen to the pie while it was being placed on the display table.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. Tricky problem.
    I like saying only new entrants for this year or the insurance question.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  5. I would have banned her too. I would be hard to trust that she wouldn't make the judges sick again. turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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  6. I would have banned her also, and knowing how I am I would have caused as big of a scene as she did lol. Frauenb(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  7. I am a big pushover so I probably would have let her enter but then I’d be aggravated about it!
    Michelle Gross
    Meeshpsych@aol.com

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  8. Pie in face as I stumbled.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  9. I'm a coward. I would probably accept it...and lose or drop it 😊 jeaniedannheim(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. I would have let her enter but then dropped her pie by accident on purpose. Thank you for the chance. Lamonicaks (at) gmail (dot) com

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  11. Yes, I think I would have dropped it. Then used the next year wisely to figure out a plan to keep her from entering again. OR I would have had a couple glasses of wine and told her no, because her pies put people in the hospital last year. Lol. I did almost the same thing last night when I came upon people stealing the coats from the school. I had a couple wine coolers before I went for a walk and when I saw them, I walked right up and told them what I thought. A little liquid courage goes a long way with me. =) konency7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. make her the presenter, who are not allowed to enter pies, nor are they allowed to judge them!

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  13. I would have put her on a couple years probation and said she had to test her pies herself after that and could enter only if she didn't get sick. farrell@crosslake.net

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  14. I like the strong person stance, so good for banning.
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  15. I might have dropped it but she would still make a big stink. Banning a God thing.Thanks for the chance.

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  16. I think you did the right thing. Can't risk people going to the hospital! mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  17. No one ever stands up to Natasha, so she thinks she can get away with anything. I don’t know how Sophie manages to be so nice to her. Anyway, Bernie, I don’t think you did the wrong thing — public safety has to come first! Lisa G.

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  18. You did the right thing, what if someone got food poisoning. I would've banned her too.

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  19. Make a contract - if you send people to the hospital more than once due to pie entry, you must pay all medical bills and NEVER enter again :) Safety first at all times and all things, sorry,not sorry banned!

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  20. I would have a security card standing watch and if she tried to come close I would lock her up in jail for the night. Thanks for this amazing chance. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  21. I think you did the right thing. Maybe don't ban her permanently, but for 3 years. Thanks for the chance! JL_Minter@Hotmail.com

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  22. You did the right thing for sure no one wants to be sick.

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  23. Go for it, Bernie! You know she’s going to end up blaming Sophie anyway!
    Dm _ Richards (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  24. I think I would have accepted it and then had something conveniently "happen" to it. centraleast2 at gmail dot com

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  25. I would have banned her too. She had her chance. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  26. I think I would have banned her too. Then I'd second guess myself asking was it a fluke that she messed up so bad the year before? Aren't we all allowed a second chance, but then people's health is in question here too. Sadly, it reminds me of years (YEARS) ago when I was a home room Mom and was responsible for accepting the homemade goodies brought in for parties and to oversee the party themselves. Well, there was this little girl that was from a home so bad that they often took her to the office to clean her up and give her some new clothes from those in the lost and found never claimed. I was told that under no circumstances was I to let any food brought in by this child to make it to the party. In other words, they dumped the responsibility on me - not the teacher and not the school, but ME. Trying to figure out how to follow my instructions, but not hurt this poor child's feelings took a lot of thought. She showed up with homemade goodies her mother made and she was so proud of them. I couldn't hurt this child. So ---- I lied. I told her that they were so special that we were going to use them for the teachers and principal. I even let her deliver one to her teacher before I took them to the office for them to do as they saw fit. Thankfully, while the child's attention was diverted her teacher's treat disappeared other than some crumbs. Everyone was happy, no one got sick and I was glad it was the last party of the year so I wouldn't have to come up with another reason to not serve those goodies.

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of "The Diva Sweetens the Pie"! LOVE - LOVE - LOVE this cover! Purple is my absolute favorite color and hydrangea are my favorite as well. My Granny grew them and she always said one flower made a bouquet. :) Sweet memories!

    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  27. I probably would have banned her too. Legallyblonde1961 at yahoo dot com

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  28. It horrible to think of people becoming ill once more. Ban away.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  29. I would suggest that there be a blanket rule - if someone became ill, the baker is disqualified from future competitions. Institute the rule right after the incident and people have a year to get it in their brain- and it doesn't appear as targeted. cheers (at) marjimmanor (dot) com

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  30. A good stumble on the way to the judges table with her entry, would be great. That way she's not offended and the judges are not sickened. (I am not sure I could have turned her down, I'm not "that person", but I'd hate to see anyone go to the hospital because of that).

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  31. Bernie, you should make Natasha an Honorary Judge, then she couldn't compete, but also could not judge as well ~ bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  32. She's in the public eye anyway and needs to grow a thicker skin, you did the right thing, Bernie ;) Thanks for the giveaway Tari H, barbie17(at)gmail(d0t)com

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  33. I would ban her and anybody else who made people sick. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

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  34. I would have excluded her from the contest, too! I think sending the judges to the hospital would disqualify someone automatically. Bernie's one of my favorite characters in the Domestic Diva series! picard1900 (at) gmail . com

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  35. I think banning her was the right choice and I would hope that I would have done that too and given her the reason for it. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  36. I would have done exactly what you did! Not only was that the most diplomatic way to handle it, it was also the safest! Email: blessedfllady62@yahoo.com

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