Keep Your Cone
I can totally relate to last week’s Boyling Points regarding boycotts. I have been known to boycott an establishment or two. For example, I am currently boycotting Mr. Softee. Why? How can one boycott the ice cream man? you ask, Well, having been a loyal customer for 20 years or so, I recently asked for a mixed cone, half vanilla and half chocolate. "Sorry, says he, we don't do that," "What do you mean you don't do that?" "The boss says I'm not allowed to do that." You're kidding right, you are the boss, aren't you? "No, I am not the boss, you can only get a mixed double cone or large cup because people complain how the mixed single cone comes out." (Some rationale, huh, sounds like a little extortion if you ask me). I then say, "Well, don't worry, I won't complain, just put vanilla in the bottom and chocolate on the top or vice versa, I don't care and I won't complain, I promise."
He says very seriously, Nope, I told you I can't do that, so what can I give you instead? I told him "keep your ice cream, I will go to Carvel on 116th for my mixed cone and from now on!
You would think that with the residents from the Chai Home living elsewhere which was the bulk of his business on Beach 125th Street, he would appreciate his other customers a little more. Not this Mr. Sof- tee. If anyone cares to join me, I'll see you in Carvel.