I’m sure you’ve noticed in your parts of the globe, frozen yogurt stores that offer self-serve yogurt sold by weight.
And can I just give you my own personal opinion?
I think they're a RIP OFF. Especially if you're someone like me who can eat A LOT of food. For as small as I am, I have the appetite of a quarterback for the New York Jets. Therefore, if I had to eat most of my food by weight cost, I would have to take on a part time job as a middle-aged gigolo to supplement my income.
And the thing about these 'sold by weight' places is that they know they have you because you'll never know how much it will cost until you get to the register, and then it's too late.
It would be much better if the yogurt machines were more like a gas station pump, and displayed the amount for the weight, as you poured.
Anyway, one of these self-serve frozen yogurt establishments opened across the street from where I work about a year ago, so I decided to check it out. And as I walked in, I saw a young lady standing behind the counter who was too busy TEXTING to even look up when I asked, “Hi. Okay, so how does this work and roughly, how much is a small cup of frozen yogurt?”
And without missing a text or lifting her head, she motioned to the yogurt machines and said, “You take cup; place it under yogurt dispenser; pour; I weight it; you pay.”
*yeah, like please don’t exert yourself or anything, girl, because god forbid I distract you from texting to actually WORK.
To which I said, “Yes, but generally speaking, about how much does a small cup of plain yogurt normally run?”
Again without looking up she said, “Oh, it could be maybe, too dallah, foh dallah, fie dallah, sehven dallah; depending on weight.”
Well, I decided to wait until the customer in front me filled her small yogurt cup before I tried it myself because I wanted to see how much it would cost.
A few minutes later, I watched her walk back to the counter where the young lady weighed her cup, which totaled almost FIVE dollars. The customer said, “Whoa!! $4.98?!?! For what? I barely have any yogurt in the cup!”
At that point, I was curious to see just how much yogurt she had dispensed.
She had no nuts or fruit toppings. It was just a plain cup of frozen yogurt with three small dollops of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry.
Kind of resembling this:
The customer looked at me and said, “Well, this is last time I’ll be purchasing any yogurt here!”
Snarkly I retorted, “They probably have small fishing weights hidden inside the underside of the cup.”
I could only image what THIS cup would have cost:
Probably, fifty dallah.
Nope, if I want some frozen yogurt, I’d rather go to the grocery store and purchase a PINT of Yoplait for $3.99.
Needless to say I looked at the girl behind the counter and said, “No thank you.” Then walked out.
And do you know what the BEST part of this whole experience was?
Miss Text Girl actually had a TIP JAR sitting next to the cash register.
So let me get this right. You offer self-serve yogurt at the cost of a 2 carat diamond ring per ounce, and then you stand behind a counter TEXTING, and you want a TIP?
For what? Inhaling and exhaling?
Um....no wonder it was empty.
Have a faaaaaaabulous weekend everyone!