The Little People Fight Back, Join in the Fun

@34momma (13918)
United States
July 23, 2007 2:00pm CST
A little background: Neiman-Marcus, if you don't know already, is a very expensive store; i.e., they sell your typical $8.00 T-shirt for $50.00. Let's let them have it! THIS IS A TRUE STORY! My daughter and I had just finished a salad at a Neiman-Marcus Cafe in Dallas , and we decided to have a small dessert. Because both of us are such cookie lovers, we decided to try the "Neiman-Marcus cookie." It was so excellent that I asked if they would give me the recipe, and the waitress said with a small frown, "I'm afraid not, but you can buy the recipe." Well, I asked how much, and she responded, "Only two fifty - it's a great deal!" I agreed to that, and told her to just add it to my tab. Thirty days later, I received my VISA statement, and the Neiman-Marcus charge was $285.00! I looked again, and I remembered I had only spent $9.95 for two salads and about $20.00 for a scarf. As I glanced at the bottom of the statement, it said, "Cookie Recipe-$250.00." That was outrageous! I called Neiman's Accounting Department and told them the waitress said it was "two fifty", which clearly does not mean "two hundred and fifty dollars" by any reasonable interpretation of the phrase. Neiman-Marcus refused to budge. They would not refund my money because, according to them, "What the waitress told you is not our problem. You have already seen the recipe. We absolutely will not refund your money at this point." I explained to the Accounting Department lady the criminal statutes which govern fraud in the state of Texas . I threatened to report them to the Better Business Bureau and the Texas Attorney General's office for engaging in fraud. I was basically told, "Do what you want. Don't bother thinking of how you can get even, and don't bother trying to get any of your money back." I just said, Okay, you folks got my $250, and now I'm going to have $250 worth of fun." I told her that I was going to see to it that every cookie lover in the United States with an e-mail account has a $250 cookie recipe from Neiman-Marcus...for free. She replied, "I wish you wouldn't do this." I said, "Well, perhaps you should have thought of that before you ripped me off!" and slammed down the phone. So here it is! Please, please, please pass it on to everyone you can possibly think of. I paid $250 for this, and I don't want Neiman-Marcus to EVER make another penny off of this recipe! NEIMAN-MARCUS COOKIES (Recipe may be halved) 2 cups butter 24 oz. chocolate chips 4 cups flour 2 cups brown sugar 2 tsp. soda 1 tsp. salt 2 cups sugar 1 8 oz. Hershey Bar (grated) 5 cups blended oatmeal 4 eggs 2 tsp. baking powder 2 tsp. vanilla 3 cups chopped nuts (your choice) Measure oatmeal, and blend in a blender to a fine powder. Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla, mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey Bar, and nuts. Roll into balls, and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 112 cookies. PLEASE READ THE RECIPE AND SEND IT TO EVERY PERSON YOU KNOW WHO HAS AN E-MAIL ADDRESS! THIS IS REALLY TERRIFIC!! Even if the people on your e-mail list don't eat sweets send it to them and ask them to pass it on. Let's make sure we get these ladies $250.00 worth. Enjoy the cookies, they really are good
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12 responses
• United States
23 Jul 07
Hear Hear! I fully support this. I am copying and will be pasting it everywhere, from my Myspace profile. If you have an e-mail address that you communicate with, you should make it your signature. That is totally crazy for them to do that to you and, well... that means war, and you are doing a great thing for everyone who has ever been bullied by these big companies. It's time to fight back and I think this is awesome. I am so sorry about what you had to go through in order to get a recipe, but it serves them right. Good for you. I would have reported the specific person who rang you up, it should be on your receipt somewhere, you could probably take her personally to small claims court or something. Or really stick it to them... Good luck!
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@34momma (13918)
• United States
23 Jul 07
i know plenty of people who have been bullied and just walked away with their tail between their legs. this didn't happen to me, but i know that if it did, i would come out fighting back!
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
23 Jul 07
wow, sorry to hear about your experience. did you write the head office a letter? i would be emailing them DAILY just to make them hear me...you have to do something, you cannot just sit there! sometimes letter writing is the only way to get justice! good luck and FIGHT!
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@34momma (13918)
• United States
23 Jul 07
i know this is a great story but it didn't happen to me. i just love the fact that this lady didn't take it sitting down. she fought back and i would say she won
@judyt00 (3504)
• Canada
23 Jul 07
The lady got her $250 worth longago. Tht's been running hrough the internet, and through snail mail in chain letters for years. And by theway, its a fraud. It was checked out, and they do NOT sell their cookie recipe for anywhere near $250, and in fact, import their cookies from a reputable bakery
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@34momma (13918)
• United States
23 Jul 07
maybe that is true that this really didn't happen, but isn't it a great idea to do otherwise?
• United States
23 Jul 07
oh my Goodness that was seriously a rip off Man I know there is something you should be able to about what happen man I will foward this on to as many people as I can good luck
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@34momma (13918)
• United States
23 Jul 07
this didn't happen to me it happened to a lady in texas, but if it did happen to me girl i would have done the same thing. someone told me it didn't really happen but if it did, i love the idea of getting back at them by sending out the big ol secret
@CatNPK (461)
• United States
23 Jul 07
It never happened, to anyone.
@wiccania (3362)
• United States
24 Jul 07
The first time I saw this (about 10 years ago), I knew it was a hoax, but I figured that the story and the recipe were worth passing on for a laugh. One of my best friends responded back with, "That's impossible. You can't get a scarf at Neiman-Marcus for only $20."
@34momma (13918)
• United States
24 Jul 07
you know i guess that should have tipped me off. LOL i just love the fact that she got back at the big business. everyone keeps saying this is old, but i honestly never heard it before
@GardenGerty (93648)
• Marion, Kansas
24 Jul 07
I hate to burst your bubble, but this is an urban myth. I have received this story at least two other times in the last six months. You can check out all of these "true" stories on a site called Snopes.com. The cookies sound delicious, and we little people would love to get back at the big people, but this is not true.
@34momma (13918)
• United States
24 Jul 07
yes so i have read. still a great story
@disvachic (10125)
• United States
24 Jul 07
From reading the comments this is not true.Whether its true or not i have a great recipe now.LOL tAKE Care 34mommma
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@34momma (13918)
• United States
24 Jul 07
i posted it due to the fact that lady got back at them. and true rather it is true or not it is a great story and from what i read a batch of great cookies
• Canada
23 Jul 07
12 years I have been on the internet and at least 10 of those years I have had this story sent to my email box! I find it so hard to believe that so many people have not seen this story yet as it appears to be the case reading the comments here. I heard that some people have made the recipe and it isn't that good! I don't know i have never made them! One piece of advice for you. When you copy a email or a story from somewhere else it is highly important for you to say so at the beginning of your discussion and it is against the law to post a story that is not your own. I have to say I knew from the beginning this story was not your but no where does it sound like is isn't your personal story accept in the comments. You can be booted off myLot for something like this so I just want you to know how serious offence this is. I have heard the story is true but I would love to see the lady on Oprah to make sure; wouldn't you?
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@34momma (13918)
• United States
24 Jul 07
you are right, but it reads a lady from Texas doesn't say that it was me. yet it cold read that way. i will make sure to point out that it was not me for the next cut and paste
@CatNPK (461)
• United States
23 Jul 07
See snopes.com/business/consumer/cookie.asp Obviously the people commenting didn't read what someone else wrote, so I will repeat. This story is NOT TRUE. Everyone should use www.snopes.com before posting stuff like this. Also, this whole deal was copied and pasted into mylot without any attribution from the author. Because the way it was pasted here sounds as if the writer literally created this story here and now, you just severely infringed on mylot copyright rules. I just want to caution you, because I have noticed a lot of people commenting about losing money lately. I would make sure to explain where the text came from. Still, this is all false and should not have been posted as is anyway (unless you were to point it out as a scam). On another note, Neiman Marcus did develop a cookie - in a humorous response to this piece being circulated. If the recipe is good, then distribute the recipe. Take away the story, it's false. If everyone would start researching internet stories that are being circulated, you would find that they are ALL fake. Rid the world of useless garbage, please! All those missing kids you get emails on never existed.
@34momma (13918)
• United States
23 Jul 07
rather the story is true or not is not as important as the little people fighting back. when you have over 500 like i do i can cut and paste that is the mylot rule thank you very much. and for all of those who said they were sorry this happened to me i wrote and let them know that it was not me but a lady in Texas. it is a great story of little people not getting taking by big business rather it is true or not. if you don't like the story you are more then welcome to skip and go to the next one
@misheleen73 (6037)
• United States
23 Jul 07
I almost fell over reading this !! I posted it on my myspace bulletins and emailed everyone in my list. Absolutely ridiculous... I can't believe stuff like this still goes on now a days.
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@34momma (13918)
• United States
23 Jul 07
i have been informed that this is not a true story. and if that is the case i really don't care. i just love the fact that if it were true someone had the guts to stand up to big business and say not me not this time! thanks for your responds
@s_pterry (50)
• United States
23 Jul 07
I am SO sorry you've had this experience! Usually Neiman Marcus is known for great customer service. If their recipe was so special, you'd think they would have had you sign an nondisclosure agreement or something. What a shame but thanks for the recipe. Maybe you could send it to the Junior Leagues around the country and see if they can include it in their charity cookbooks?
@34momma (13918)
• United States
23 Jul 07
this didn't happen to me. it happen to some lady in Texas. i was just informed that this really didn't happen, but if it did, i think that it is a great idea to stick it to the man, don't you!! LOL
• United States
23 Jul 07
o itsa lil lepricon