Popcorn suite investigation: Woman says she was chopped up by bakery owner Wakeeta Rowe after picking up complimentary cake

BERLIN, NJ — A woman reached out to our sister station WPVI after she said a South Jersey bakery owner slammed her over an argument while trying to pick up a cake she won in a Facebook promotion.

WPVI began investigating the Popcorn Suite in Berlin, about 20 miles southeast of Philadelphia, after numerous complaints flooded its investigative team’s inbox.

Customers said the owner, Wakeeta Rowe, failed to deliver baked goods. Others accused the bakery of selling cakes and donuts from other local shops while claiming they were freshly baked.

Sharon Karbach said their falling out came after she won a free cake in a Facebook contest in February to promote the new bakery.

“I picked up the bag of popcorn and held it across my face from left to right and it actually crushed the bag of popcorn,” Sharon Karbach told WPVI.

Karbach said she planned with Rowe to pick up her cake in mid-March.

When she got to the bakery, she said Rowe told her it wasn’t ready yet.

“She said I was impatient, I was ignorant and didn’t deserve the cake,” Karbach said. “I said, ‘You just wasted my time.'”

An argument ensued. Karbach said that’s when Rowe hit her for not leaving the store.

Karbach called 911 but said Rowe told police she was the victim.

“I started backing towards the door … like this lady was crazy, all this over a cake?” Karbach added.

The alleged assault is one of the various complaints.

The popcorn suite was set to be highlighted in a WPVI program in February when the investigation team began receiving complaints.

“There’s no cake we can’t make,” Rowe said during an interview for the program.

But how much baking Rowe actually does is debatable.

At the time, she told a WPVI producer: “We also make a delicious cake donut. The good thing about cake donuts is that they are lighter and have fewer calories than fried donuts.”

But WPVI’s investigation revealed that these “cake donuts” are actually made by a Long Island baker named Hannah, who didn’t want her last name used.

Hannah said before they finalized their agreement, Rowe took to Facebook to claim she made the “cake donuts.”

“Don’t say you bake it yourself. You can say you offer this product, but don’t say you bake it because I think that’s lying,” Hannah said.

Rowe also couldn’t remember the flavors of donuts she allegedly made when asked by the producer.

“I can’t remember her off the top of my head … Let me check my phone real quick,” Rowe said.

During its investigation, WPVI found a cake advertised on the Popcorn Suite Facebook page that looked exactly like a cake on the shelf at Walmart.

Customer Stephanie Spancake said she made the discovery.

Spancakes said the cake cost $12.99 at Walmart.

“She sold it at her house for $50,” Spancake said.

Oreo donuts advertised on the Popcorn Suite Facebook page appear to be from the famed Beiler’s in Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal.

“She came twice, three times a week sometimes,” said owner Keith Beiler.

Beiler said he didn’t mind if Rowe sold his product — he liked the money.

Rowe declined WPVI’s request for an on-camera interview.

In a phone call, she admitted to shopping at Beiler’s.

As for the Walmart cake, she said she buys from the same supplier as the big box store.

“If you look at her Facebook page, she keeps saying clearly that these are cakes she made from scratch,” Spancake said.

The New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs said it issued a cease-and-desist order for the popcorn suite because the bakery failed to publicize prices and a refund policy.

Karbach has filed a complaint in the dispute. A court hearing is scheduled for next week.

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