Last week, a Dairy Queen employee got fired for making a marijuana-themed cake that went viral. The incident began when DQ customer Kensli Davis, 25, ordered a cake with characters from 'Moana', the animated Disney film set in Polynesia. But the Dairy Queen staff misheard that request and thought Davis wanted a marijuana-themed cake.
So instead of opening the box and seeing characters from 'Moana' drawn in icing, Davis saw a big cannabis leaf next to a green, joint-smoking 'My Little Pony' that had a pair of bloodshot eyes.
Davis laughed off the surprise, which she assumed was an innocent mistake. And to let others in on the joke, she took a picture of the cannabis cake and posted it on Facebook.
"My sister picked it up and FaceTimed my mama the minute she saw it," Davis told INSIDER. "We all died of laughter because it was obviously an honest mistake."
However, the incident wasn't so funny for Cassandra Walker, the Dairy Queen employee who decorated the cake. After Davis' post went viral, Walker said she was let go from her job, which has left her and her family in financial trouble.
"This is back-to-school time. I have two little girls here," Walker said. "I have a car that needs fixing. It's not funny to me."
To make matters worse, Walker insists that she isn't to blame for the situation. Davis' order was taken by one of the store's managers, who gave Walker to OK to make the marijuana-themed cake.
"The manager stood behind me while I pulled the images off the internet," Walker explained. "She walked by as I decorated the cake. As I boxed the cake up, she was the one who walked it up to the front."
Walker said she was made aware of her termination with the company by one of the location's owners, Al Autry, who had previously called the whole incident a "simple misunderstanding."
"Our cake decorator designed a cake based on what she thought she heard the customer order," Autry said.
"When the customer picked it up and said it was not what she ordered, we immediately apologized for the error and offered to redesign it the way she originally intended," Autry continued. "The customer said it was fine, paid for the cake, and left."
Dairy Queen has since offered to reinstate Walker, but she turned down their offer, citing disappointment with how the company initially dealt with the incident.
"To be at this job for almost a year and not have a write-up, not be in trouble, and to just be let go because of mistake, it's not funny to me."