My $31 Ice Cream Cone
I was excited after 47 years to finally be able to get a free ice cream cone from Baskin-Robbins for joining the Birthday Club. It used to be that only kids 12 and under received their yearly card. I was not party to that, and by the time I convinced my mother to sign my siblings up, it was too late for me. Twelve days ago, I went to their website and signed up and received my email announcing my free cone!
Today, my coupon expires, and I looked up online the locations. I went to the Bremerton Baskin-Robbins only to find out it had closed. I drove out to Gig Harbor, 35 miles away from where I live, making it part of an adventure to enjoy my day. I put on about 90 miles on my odometer. Again, the store was closed, though the signage was still there.
When I came back to my area, I called the store in the mall and was told they are the only store in town now. I dropped in, ordered my ice cream, and was told that I could not redeem the code from my phone, but needed a coupon. Rather than leave without my ice cream to go find a place to print the coupon, I simply paid for it.
But if one considers the three gallons of gas I spent, two hours of my time at minimum wage here in Washington state, and the cost of the $2 ice cream cone, it cost me about $31 for that Baskin-Robbins 31 Flavors "free" birthday cone.
That's what I get for thinking like a kid.
P.S. Here is irony at its finest: The Captcha--"fool's paradise"
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