Vin Diesel Orders Sundae, Makes Off with the Dish
He pulled a fast one, but the ice cream shop owners are not furious.
Attention, Vin Diesel: While it is true that in Wisconsin, aka America’s Dairyland, the ice cream is free-flowing and delicious, that doesn’t mean you’re free to take the dish it’s served in.
Actually, the actor is probably well aware of that by now.
The "Fast and Furious" star sparked a flurry of press coverage in the Badger State last week when, while in the area visiting family, he reportedly walked out of an adorable old-fashioned ice cream shoppe in downtown Hartford, Wisconsin, called Scoop De Ville with his glass sundae dish – and just kept on walking.
"Scoop De Ville co-owner Ray Stelzer made Diesel a hot fudge sundae with nuts and whipped cream topping. You know, Diesel probably had a great morning workout and decided to treat himself to the whipped topping (and the dish, apparently)," snarked the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Maybe he didn't know that in Wisconsin you have to give those back."
To be fair, the owners of Scoop De Ville are not even remotely bummed about their missing dish. They were excited to serve the celeb.
"It’s just a very nice experience to have somebody like that in here," Stelzer told the Washington County Insider.
"Everybody’s talking about it and it’s kind of exciting," added his wife and co-owner Carrie Stelzer.
The Stelzers’ sentiments were echoed by Teresa Puebla, owner of Hartford’s Puebla's Kitchen, where Diesel reportedly also stopped in.
"It was just an amazing moment to have him walk into our small little family-run business," Puebla told local radio station WTMJ of Diesel’s visit. Presumably that time he left all the dishware on the premises.
Oh, and the story has a bonus happy ending: The Milwaukee, Wisconsin, foodservice equipment and supply company that apparently supplies Scoop De Ville sent the shop a new glass sundae dish with a note: "Hi, Ray! I wanted to replace the sundae dish that walked out the door. Great publicity!"
Well played, Fein Brothers. Well played.
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