Friday, February 15, 2008

"Getting Even" - Fact or Fiction?

I got this great e-mail from Bethany, and had to post it. I love this!!!

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 therecipe.' 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 theTexas 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!



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.

However, after a little research I did find that on the Neiman Marcus website they are refuting that this story ever happened. And they list the "recipe" for free - but it's a different recipe. My advice - try them both!


aurora said...

That's funny! It's even more funny that they say that it never happened. It probably did and they didn't like the bad press.

Did you try them? They sound divine.

M said...

My vote is fiction. But I love the story. I'm going to try the cookies, they sound amazing.

Anne Thompson said...

I'm so glad you named your blog 'the laughing place' cuz I am laughing my butt off right now! That's such an awesome way to get back at them! I will totally try this recipe! I found your blog off of Bethany's site! Take care, Anne

Katrina said...

Way back in the early/dark ages of the internet, I did my Senior Theme Paper on Neiman Marcus. I had to wade through thousands of cookie recipes to get any real info on NM. I'm glad you did your research!

Anonymous said...

hate to sound stupid but what the heck is "blended oatmeal"??

Texas Hanson said...

we love this recipe (well we did until the whole raw diet thing) but i hate to be the nay-sayer but FICTION; check out's skinny on the story for more details.

September said...

Interesting to know.