From: Amelia <amekok@pop.jaring.my>
Sat Nov  4 16:03:37 1995
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 1995 12:08:17 +0800 (MYT)
To: Wee Khai KUAH <s9410412@bf.rmit.edu.au>

Subject: Cookie Recipe (fwd)

From: <mayleen@byfaith.pl.my> To: amekok@pop.jaring.my Date: Sat, 28 Oct 1995 16:11:44 Subject: Cookie Recipe (fwd) Hey! Read this and pass it on....:)
Okay, everyone....a true story of justice in the good old U.S. of A.
Thought y'all might enjoy this; if nothing else, it shows internet justice, if it can be called that.

My daughter & I had just finished a salad at Neiman-Marcus Cafe in Dallas & decided to have a small dessert. Because our family 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 they said with a small frown, "I'm afraid not."

Well, I said, would you let me buy the recipe? With a cute smile, she said, "Yes." I asked how much, and she responded, "Two fifty." I said with approval, "just add it to my tab."

Thirty days later, I received my VISA statement from Neiman-Marcus and it 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." Boy, was I upset!!

I called Neiman's Accounting Dept. and told them the waitress said it was "two fifty," and I did not realize she meant $250.00 for a cookie recipe.

I asked them to take back the recipe and reduce my bill and they said they were sorry, but because all the recipes were this expensive so not just everyone could duplicate any of our bakery recipes... the bill would stand.

I waited, thinking of how I could get even or even try and get any of my money back. I just said, "Okay, you folks got my $250.00 and now I'm going to have $250.00 worth of fun."

I told her that I was going to see to it that every cookie lover will have a $250.00 cookie recipe from Neiman-Marcus for nothing. She replied, "I wish you wouldn't do this." I said, "I'm sorry but this is the only way I feel I could get even," and I will.

So, here it is, and please pass it to someone else or run a few copies... I paid for it; now you can have it for free.

                     (Recipe may be halved):
      2  cups butter                     4  cups flower
      2  tsp. soda                       2  cups sugar
      5  cups blended oatmeal**         24  oz. chocolate chips
      2  cups brown sugar                1  tsp. salt
      1  8 oz. Hershey Bar (grated)      4  eggs
      2  tsp. baking powder              3  cups chopped nuts (your choice)
      2  tsp. vanilla

           ** 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.

           Have fun!!!  This is not a joke --- this is a true story..

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That's it. Please, pass it along to everyone you know, single people, mailing lists, etc.....

Ride free, citizen!


EDITOR's NOTE:
It has since come to my attention that this is, after all, one of the many hoaxes and/or "myths" (if you like) that has been circulating, fuelled by word of mouth such as this very page you've just been reading.

Firstly, I would like to apologize to Neiman-Marcus for any misrepresentation of facts or for any negative consequences this "joke" might have caused.

Secondly, I would like to apologize to the readers who have taken this article seriously and have consequently used the recipe (believe me, I have been contacted by a few readers who informed me that they'll try out the recipe, believing the story to be true). I just hope that the recipe actually works!

I have also been pointed out by another reader that Neiman-Marcus actually give out FREE recipes on their web-site. So there you go... never believe everything you read unless you can verify your sources!! And that goes double for things you read on the internet. The publisher's intention and credentials can never be fully trusted unless you know them personally or they have been known to be a reliable source of information.

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