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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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paperdaisyflower7 wrote on August 15, 2014, 10:39 PM

haha sometimes things that we "win" for free comes with a price. Happened to me before too not ice cream but something else.

bestwriter wrote on August 15, 2014, 11:53 PM

The captcha was apt. I wonder if they read our posts. Before reading your post I too was calculating the cost (lol)

BarbRad wrote on August 16, 2014, 12:09 AM

I'm guessing Baskin Robbins didn't exactly cement your loyalty this way. If I were in your shoes, I'd write to the president of the company and send this to him. He might give you printed coupon.

CoralLevang wrote on August 16, 2014, 2:58 AM

BarbRad Obviously, the business model is changing. Dunkin Donuts, whom I believe owns B-R nowadays, has also gone a different route with their business model. I was just sad that it took me so long to find that the two I have been to had closed.

CoralLevang wrote on August 16, 2014, 3:01 AM

bestwriter *laughs* That's almost like when people tell me they get a free meal at a casino. I ask them how much they lost in the two hours they have to play before getting their voucher. I have them subtract the $25 from their loss and inform them their meal only cost $370 that night. LOL

CoralLevang wrote on August 16, 2014, 3:03 AM

paperdaisyflower7 Typically, it should have cost me only the paper I should have printed the coupon on. This past week I did have a great score on my $10 coupon from World Market, which I wrote about earlier. I guess it made up for the ice cream. ;)

LynLomasi wrote on August 16, 2014, 11:29 AM

Well you do often get what you pay for hehe ;)

CoralLevang wrote on August 16, 2014, 1:22 PM

*laughs* I'm laughing now. Yesterday it wasn't so hilarious, when I thought about it. LOL

CoralLevang wrote on August 16, 2014, 1:23 PM

I'm signing up for the Ben & Jerry's Birthday Club instead. ;)

Ellis wrote on August 16, 2014, 3:46 PM

But did you enjoy your ice cream?

AliCanary wrote on August 16, 2014, 11:53 PM

Not to quibble, but unless you took time off of work for it, I'm not sure you can count that minimum-wage part. That's a lot of driving for a non-free cone, though. I wouldn't have bought it after the guy said the code on the phone wouldn't work, though--just on principle. I would have been like, "Oh, yeah? Watch me take my business to Carvel instead, you heathen!"

suffolkjason wrote on August 17, 2014, 4:38 AM

Ha! Insulted by a captcha. Big brother is watching you! :)

CoralLevang wrote on August 17, 2014, 11:45 AM

*laughs* AliCanary Thought you make a good point, as I am a consultant/freelance, I can find a way to justify the "my-time-is-money" argument for the purpose of writing this article. emoticon :winking: Besides, it worked out that $31 for a Baskin-Robbins 31 Flavors ice cream cone seemed much more appropriate than $13, though now that I look at it, the lucky 13 would have been equally as appropriate. ;) And I haven't seen a Carvel in years! When I was a teenager, I would go to Carvel in Granada Hills, California every once in awhile.

CoralLevang wrote on August 17, 2014, 11:48 AM

Ellis Funny you should ask that, as I wrote another article at another site (before writing here) sharing the experience as part of my Birthday Month series. I indicated my enjoyment level there. I was certainly more detailed about my frustration.

CoralLevang wrote on August 17, 2014, 11:49 AM

*laughs* suffolkjason EXACTLY! :)

AliCanary wrote on August 17, 2014, 9:14 PM

Oh, no Fudgy the Whale cake for you? That sucks! We have Carvels here in NC. I love the Birthday Cake flavor. I bet that cone was yummy, anyway!

CoralLevang wrote on August 18, 2014, 11:24 AM

alicanary LOL No whale cake. And, as I wrote in the other place.....was not as satisfying as I anticipated. LOL Certainly wasn't as big as I would have bought myself. I suppose that kept me from too many calories or I could have been Fudgy the Whale! ;)

AliCanary wrote on August 18, 2014, 4:02 PM

Ha ha ha ha!! emoticon :grin:

GemOfAGirl wrote on August 20, 2014, 3:12 PM

We were neighbors! I used to go to the Carvel in Northridge - it was in the Target shopping center on Corbin. I have no idea if it's still there or not.

GemOfAGirl wrote on August 20, 2014, 3:13 PM

As an ice-cream-aholic, that doesn't seem all that outrageous to me, lol!!!

CoralLevang wrote on August 23, 2014, 12:37 AM

#GemofAgirl My mother used to own the Curries Ice Cream store in the Knollwood Shopping Center on Balboa, north of Rinaldi. It was tucked in near to the corner between the Alpha Beta and Soskin's Pharmacy.

CoralLevang wrote on August 23, 2014, 12:38 AM

Oops...should have been GemofaGirl

GemOfAGirl wrote on August 23, 2014, 7:37 PM

Small world - I used to pass by there all the time - one of my best friends used to live off of Balboa and Tennyson!

MegL wrote on December 31, 2015, 1:14 PM

We have a lovely ice cream shop in our village. Maud's icecream - delicious.