May 1, 2002
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I scream, you scream, we all scream for free ice cream! Today only.
posted by ColdChef (16 comments total)
Yeah, 2.5 oz ain't a lot, but I bet you could fill up if you tried ALL 31 flavors. I love them pink spoons.
posted by ColdChef at 6:26 AM on May 1, 2002

May Day, when workers around the world protest for more bread, but in the US we let them eat ice-cream. Hasta La Rocky Road, comrades!
posted by liam at 6:53 AM on May 1, 2002

I love them pink spoons.

The little one's especially. They've replaced the McDonald's coffee-stirrer as the poor man's coke-spoon of choice.
posted by jonmc at 7:32 AM on May 1, 2002

I think ColdChef wins the Best Link of the Day award...who can resist free ice cream, even if it *is* only 2.5 oz? :-P
posted by Spinderella56 at 8:00 AM on May 1, 2002

what amazes me is how long people will stand in line for a couple of bucks' worth of free icecream.
posted by witchstone at 8:05 AM on May 1, 2002

Not to hijack the thread, but interestingly, if you have webwasher running the link text in the fpp disappears. Looking at the source, what's with the extraneous target = _blank attributes?
posted by monju_bosatsu at 8:14 AM on May 1, 2002

If you drive to all the Baskin-Robbins shops in your town, I bet you could fill up on ice cream.
posted by amphigory at 8:17 AM on May 1, 2002

I heard down at the bank they have free non-dairy creamer! Just walk in, tilt your head back, and pour that powder in like there's no tomorrow!

[may cause copious bleeding from nasal membranes.]
posted by Kafkaesque at 8:39 AM on May 1, 2002

non-dairy creamer: Wiconsin Marching Powder
posted by liam at 9:01 AM on May 1, 2002

posted by liam at 9:03 AM on May 1, 2002

Hey, just go through the line, get some ice cream, and eat it on your way back through the line for a second (third, fourth) helping. Of course, Baskin Robins gives free tastes every day, so if they're being a bit stingy on free-scoop day you can make up for it later.
posted by bonheur at 9:56 AM on May 1, 2002

Is there a high mortality rate of Baskin-Robbins franchises in other areas? Fremont / Milpitas / San Jose, Calif. has lost several. The only one I know of in the area (without checking a phone book) is in Sunnyvale, and that one might be gone too.

I've heard the franchises are expensive and/or low margin, but haven't seen numbers.

P.S. B&R is involved with Togos and Dunkin Donuts, leading to one weird URL: See their "innovative complementary daypart branding strategy" ... donuts + sandwiches + ice cream = something to sell all day.
posted by kurumi at 10:39 AM on May 1, 2002

In my youth I worked at a B&R and I still love the stuff. By the way, the 2.5oz is supposed to be the regulation small scoop size. No one really follows that unless the manager is around.

I pass three B&R's on the drive home. Mmm.
posted by Qubit at 1:09 PM on May 1, 2002

This promotion is ripped off from Ben & Jerry's "Free Cone Day," which has been done annually since 1979, versus B&R's venerable tradition "now in its 3rd year."
posted by Zurishaddai at 3:06 PM on May 1, 2002

Will I drive 10.7 miles for 2.5 ounces (or 5, or 7.5, till they catch me and throw me out on my ear) of free ice cream? Not bloody likely.

The money I'll save on gas will allow me to buy a popsicle at the gas station across the street.

[Hmm, somehow I rationalized myself into buying a popsicle.]
posted by gohlkus at 3:46 PM on May 1, 2002

last year we took the youth group kids down to the nearest baskin robbins on free scoop day. by the time we got there, around 7pm, the store owner had locked the door and was scowling angrily through the glass at the disappointed kids and angry mothers (there were other folks there too) loitering outside.

we gave up and drove back, having lost faith in BR.

the leaders though, after youth group, ventured to the next-nearest baskin robbins for a free scoop. we were delighted to find the franchise owner's wife tending the line (that went out the door), chatting and taking flavor choices. the owner himself was behind the counter scooping ice cream. we related the events from earlier in the evening to him while getting our ice cream, and he came out from behind the counter, sat down with us, and talked with us for quite some time about his store, the neighboring store, and life in general.

that was a nice night after all, and i'm sure i'll have a nice time at that store tonite, when i head on over. hooray for ice cream!
posted by carsonb at 8:18 PM on May 1, 2002

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