Got plans tonight between the hours of 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.? You do now! At Baskin Robbins, it's 31 Cent Scoop Night, where you can get not one, not two, but three scoops of your favorite ice cream for 31 cents each. Awesome!
... Sort of. Never mind the fact that BR is doing this to support the National Fallen Firefighters Association, it's going to be a madhouse up in there! If you're an employee there -- like I once was -- this night will be a living hell. Crying babies, dads with 'tudes, teenagers trying to scam the system -- all in the name of tasty frozen goodness! If you're a patron there, well, sorry, but you're going to have to fight to the death for your cones. It will be every man for himself, no holds barred. Get ready, people.
So, behold, dear readers, I have composed a list of dos and don'ts for 31 Cent Scoop Night. Adhere and you might have a chance of getting out alive. Disregard and, well, godspeed.
Do go in with a good attitude. Know that it's going to be crowded. Don't expect to waltz in there, get your cone, and roll. That's not how it works in BR Land. Like anything in life, if you hope for the best and expect the worst, it will be a much better experience.
Don't get mad at the employees. They're doing what they can. As someone who survived the great debut of the Cappuccino Blast, I can say that it only makes us want to go slower if you start barking orders. And we just might.
Don't ask for a million samples. That's so annoying.
Do have your money ready. Odds are you're not going to be spending more than seven bucks. Don't be the guy who pays with a card.
Do ask your kids what flavors they want beforehand. Everyone knows kids can take a long time to choose, and chances are, there's going to be a gaggle of kids behind yours, so make it snappy.
Do be friendly and kind to other people in the store. Remember, you're not just there to eat your weight in cookie dough, you're there to support a charity.
Don't, if you happen to be a bratty 14-year-old boy with an orange and gray sweatshirt, come into the store a minute after you left, trying to say you "dropped your cone." Then, when the "employee" gives you another one for free out of the kindness of her heart, try to leave, then come back again five minutes later with the same story. That was a lie and we all know it. She saw you and two of your friends all eating the cones outside of Sunglass Hut when she went on her break! Not cool, my friend, not cool!
Other than that, have a great time -- it's just ice cream!
How will you prepare for 31 Cent Scoop Night?
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