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Tesla owner Elon Musk becomes 'super hero' for Black-owned California bakery — here's how

Bakery which is saved by Elon Musk is said to have faced $2,000 order cancellation by Tesla

By Web Desk
February 27, 2024
Elon Musk gestures during a gathering. A dish from Black-owned California bakery. — AFP/Giving Pies/File
Elon Musk gestures during a gathering. A dish from Black-owned California bakery. — AFP/Giving Pies/File

Elon Musk pledged to “make things right” as the California bakery that had claimed Tesla had neglected to pay for an order worth thousands of dollars said that the unpaid balance had been settled, following media coverage of the event.

Five days ago, Voahangy Rasetarinera, the owner of Giving Pies, a Black-owned bakery in San Jose, central California, posted on the cafe's Instagram account that Musk's business Tesla had cancelled an order for 4,000 mini pies, according to The Guardian.

In an email to The Guardian on Monday, Rasetarinera confirmed: “Tesla just paid the $2k that I was out of.” This came after Musk responded to the story on X, formerly Twitter, stating: “Just hearing about this. Will make things good with the bakery.”

According to KTVU, the event happened after Tesla placed a last-minute order for 2,000 pies at Rasetarinera's bakery on Valentine's Day, costing the little business $6,000.

"Tesla doubled the order to 4,000 pies before ultimately canceling the order without paying," Rasetarinera said.

In her Instagram post, Rasetarinera said to fulfill the order she had to turn down other Black History Month catering inquiries, purchase additional supplies and prepare her staff for a “demanding production schedule” – for which she was not compensated.

“To me, it was clear that Tesla’s corporate culture prioritised convenience over accountability, disregarding the livelihoods of small business owners like myself,” she said.

“This experience serves as a stark reminder of the vulnerability faced by small businesses when dealing with larger corporations. Despite our best efforts to uphold our commitments and provide quality service, we are often left at the mercy of decisions made in corporate boardrooms.”