My buddy and I wheeled into Del's Dairy Creme for an afternoon confection on Sunday, August 11th following a great music series at Bard College. The couple ahead of us recommended an ice cream that had cake bits in it, so I asked the server for a taste before committing to my usual double-scoop cone. The man said "a taste will cost you two dollars", and I chuckled with him while I eyed the other flavors. It wasn't until about a minute into his escalating rants that I realized he was serious! By that time I just ordered a pistachio cone (without a taste), and he refused to serve me. He became cryptic and belligerent, sputtering caustic comments in broken English, and presumably similar sentiments in Italian. This wasn't just a guy having a bad day - this was a berserker who had gone over the edge. He was so volatile, and so patently nasty that in my opinion he should never come in contact with children (or anyone else for that matter), and should be listed on a public registry (Registry of Ogres) much like a convicted sex offender. It was no surprise to see my friend in a screaming match at the counter a few minutes later when he was charged fifty-cents tax on a dish of ice cream that was $2.75.
I guess being caught adding a 10% premium to the 8.25% sales tax in Rhinebeck upset this maniac even more, causing him to throw the change at my friend and spew his hostile tirade "I work harder than you" over and over.
So if there are people out there with masochistic tendencies who still might want to try this place, I am constrained to advise them to not be lax about the tax. He may be ripping off everyone just enough so that they don't realize it.
So much for the mirth of an old fashioned ice cream treat in the country. I would sooner undergo an unnecessary root canal than deal with this nut again.
PS - There are much better ice cream shops less than 2 miles down the road in town.
PPS - Turns out that the psychopath was Del himself, the owner and namesake of this nightmare.
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