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Apr 24, 2009 08:55 AM

Are you a sample abuser?

I'd like to think most of us are not, but am sure we have all stood in line behind someone just like this. It ranks right up there with standing behind someone in a long line, who finally reaches the counter and is still contemplating what to order!

I'd say proper use of a sample, in this case, would be to choose between X and Y...not to eat half a cone as you sample your way through 31 flavors. And I'll bet we're all in agreement here. But this is a funny clip just the same.

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  1. Lord no! As LD said - two samples maximum (of flavors I've not yet tried).

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    1. re: LindaWhit

      And how IS the vanilla?! HA HA!

      I love the (usually unspoken) wisdom of LD. He says the things we're all silently thinking and seething about.

      1. re: kattyeyes

        I was never a fan of the show, but on this particular YouTube snippet, he was spot on! (And I'm partial to Butter Pecan *or* something with Heath Bars in it <g>).

    2. Bah humbug...They NEVER have rhubarb. :-(

      1. There was a scene in a movie or an episode of a TV series in which there was a challenge to get 10-20 samples and then leave. It might have been Friends with the LD connection.

        1. Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, the local dept. store, Lazarus, had a wonderful "gourmet" market located in a whole small building that always featured samples of meats, cheeses, olives, antipasto, etc. We girls always wanted money for clothes or accessories, not to spend on food. The parental units used to give us a set amount of money, $1 for the round trip bus fare (told you this was LONG time ago), a couple bucks for lunch and a treat from the fancy candy/nut counter for the ride home. Well, were pre-teens, still into toys, or magazines.

          Anyway, we always took our lunch at the gourmet shop. A horde of 6-8 pre-teens would descend on the shop and we ate like locusts sampling the appetizers, mains and dessert treats. Of course they knew us, but instead of being mean and chasing us away, I am pretty sure they were generous with their samples. After all, we always came home broke, we just spent our money elsewhere in the store!

          1. I worked at an ice cream shop one summer when I was growing up (local, non-chain), and the manager had a firm limit on samples (3 or 4, don't remember which), precisely to prevent those who wanted to eat their fill off sample spoons from doing so.