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This pint of ice cream came with cash back.

A Hasidic woman’s Shabbat was spoiled after she bit into a frozen dime buried inside a container of Häagen-Dazs chocolate at her Williamsburg home last Friday.

Sara Abraham purchased two containers of the delectable confection from a Kent Avenue Duane Reade store on Nov. 11, as she has done once a week since the pharmacy opened several months ago.

But by the fifth spoonful, she tasted something “metallic” — and the dime was in her mouth.

“I had a bad taste and I spat it out,” said Abraham. “I felt something in my mouth and the ice cream didn’t have a good taste from the start. Two hours later, I still felt a metallic taste in my mouth.”

Her husband, Orthodox activist Isaac Abraham, called Häagen-Dazs and the Duane Reade at 4 pm, and complained about finding the frozen coin.

A Duane Reade employee said the store pulled its Häagen-Dazs batch from its shelves in response to Abraham’s complaint and gave its order back to the global dessert company, just to be safe,

A Häagen-Dazs employee told Isaac Abraham on Tuesday to send more information about the incident and ship the icy dime to its California-based quality control center.

But for now, he is keeping the change.

“I’m not an idiot — if I send the dime then my story would melt away with the ice cream,” said Abraham, who is speaking with an attorney. “Luckily, she didn’t break a tooth. Who knows where the dime came from or who touched it before it went into the ice cream?”

A Häagen-Dazs representative said that the company “apologizes for her experience,” adding that finding a foreign object in chocolate ice cream is “highly unusual.”

“It is made in one location, then it is pumped and filled [into cartons] before it passes through a metal detector that shoots them off a carrier belt if metal is detected,” said Häagen-Dazs spokeswoman Diane McIntyre. “It detects dime, but nothing is infallible.”

The company, which was founded in the Bronx and opened its first retail store in Brooklyn in 1976, has found shell casings or pebbles, but never coins, inside nut-flavored ice cream.

That’s cold comfort to Sara Abraham, who said she is giving up ice cream indefinitely.

“I don’t want to eat it anymore,” said Abraham.

Reach reporter Aaron Short at ashort@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2547.

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Reasonable discourse

Matthew B. from Williamsburg says:
Speaking with an attorney? This woman and her husband should be ashamed of themselves! So, she found a dime in her ice cream... big deal... report it to the company, let them investigate the problem, and move on with your life. I'm sure they would send her a few free pints of ice cream for her troubles. No harm occurred to Sara... she should just be thankful and tell her story with a smile on her face. Why would anyone even consider a lawsuit because of something like this? The answer is greed! Yes, something could have happened to her, but it didn't. She and her husband should just get on their knees and say thank you for their blessings.
Nov. 22, 2011, 8:32 am
ty from pps says:
Totally agree with you, Matthew. This couple has no sense of perspective or civility. If this actually goes to court, I hope the judge slaps them back for filing a frivolous lawsuit. A company can't be expected to be magically perfect. They should be expected to do everything they can to prevent contamination, etc. If they had broken a tooth, then the company should have to pay for the tooth repair and lost wages.
Nov. 22, 2011, 8:39 am
Andrew S. from Williamsburg says:
Money, money, money! Sue, sue, sue! Greed, greed, greed. This is the world in which we live. No longer do people just thank G_d for his protection and blessings, instead their lust for unearned money to satisfy their worldly desires and entitlements corrupts them. This man should be ashamed to carry the name Abraham!
Nov. 22, 2011, 8:46 am
A.D. from Hamsterdam says:
I call "——" on this one.

If you know the way the ice cream is made and the fact that it passes through a metal detector before shipping, you know this is not true. this is a scam.

At the factory, the ice cream has to pas through a small tube to fill the container and a dime would not make it through. these folks are looking for a payday but I hope they are busted and have to pay the company and their legal fees instead.
Nov. 22, 2011, 12:35 pm
Ken from Greenpoint says:
here we go you don't like the ice cream its refundable and money back at the spot!!!! LOL.
Nov. 22, 2011, 3:07 pm
stupidwillie from Williamsburg says:
Did I miss something reading this story, never does it mention that Abraham hired a lawyer, never does it say that he is filing a suit, never does it state that he is asking for money, all he did, was ask Duanne Reade to remove the batch # from the fridge.

as for you self hating bastards, hope you guys choke on the next drink or ice cream.

Abraham, you did the right thing.
Nov. 22, 2011, 4:47 pm
stupidwillie from Williamsburg says:
Did I miss something reading this story, never does it mention that Abraham hired a lawyer, never does it say that he is filing a suit, never does it state that he is asking for money, all he did, was ask Duanne Reade to remove the batch # from the fridge.

as for you self hating bastards, hope you guys choke on the next drink or ice cream.

Abraham, you did the right thing.
Nov. 22, 2011, 4:47 pm
RockindaHood from Clinton Hill says:
Hey Issac, is the Ice cream Kosher?? if yes then maybe the Supervision Rabbi dropped it in...
Nov. 22, 2011, 4:57 pm
Sam from Bk says:
Stupidwilly. It says it in this paragraph.

“I’m not an idiot — if I send the dime then my story would melt away with the ice cream,” said Abraham, who is speaking with an attorney.

Yes he and his wife are greedy. Plain and simple.
Nov. 22, 2011, 8:31 pm
samuel from williamsburgh says:
he should be ashamed of himself, how come a chasidic religious Jew should buy NONE KOSHER ice cream
Nov. 23, 2011, 11:50 am
tzadik from willi says:
don't fight around he has to thank god that nothing happind & the main thing is not to make a chilul hashem
Nov. 23, 2011, 12:35 pm
j from fla says:
fina nieas
Nov. 23, 2011, 12:42 pm
chazerfraser from williamsburg says:
Shame on you avrohom yitzchok if you want to eat trif, fine but why do you need to advertise it in public.
Nov. 23, 2011, 12:47 pm
Micheal from greenpoint says:
I looked at many comments, you guys are simply rude, Mr Abraham did what he was supposed to, a fine brand like Häagen-Dazs should have never happened such a incident, i my self am a big fan of ice cream but after what happened i will think twice before choosing which ice cream i buy, Mr Abraham you make sure you get that company to court and done settle less then 5 million bucks

Cheers
Nov. 23, 2011, 1:36 pm
ty from pps says:
Häagen-Daz *is* kosher. Certified by the Kashruth Division of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America. I hope that puts that to rest.

Now, Mr. Abraham "talking to a lawyer" when there is absolutely nothing that needs to be "made whole" through a lawsuit... well, it's just a symptom of how low we've gone as a society.
Nov. 23, 2011, 2:13 pm
Sam from Williamsburg says:
I remember that in some of the debates Issac listed Peter Luger as his favorite resturant. If he eats non-kosher meat, no wonder is eating ice cream that doesn't meet Hasidic Kashruth standards.
Nov. 23, 2011, 4:39 pm
mike says:
i mean yeah, obviously they just put a dime in a thing of hagaan dasz and somehow think that this will yield them a large undeserved reward in the future.
Nov. 24, 2011, 12:22 am
mike says:
great photo of the evidence by the way. so she spit the dime out and it landed back into the pint and neatly embedded itself in along the edge as if begging to be discovered again
Nov. 24, 2011, 12:25 am
Moishe from Boro Park says:
This Abraham fellow is some flake. Boo hoo! You found a dime in the ice cream. It should be front page news in the New York Times (not)! Why any newspaper would print such drivel is beyond me.

Although it is possible that this story is mostly true, Mr. Abraham was certainly lying when he said "I'm not an idiot".
Nov. 24, 2011, 11 am
Moshe Rabeinu from Willipest says:
I'm a religious jew and I'm ashamed of what this idiot Abraham does.

All people in his community are agianst the propoganda he is doing.

The jew lway of doing this would be to shut up and go on with life, by him doing this-going to the media, it confirms again what our community already knows that this guy does not represent our community and he is a plain and simple attention seeker with no real day job to his side.

And btw, Haagen Dacs (or whatever the name is) is an unacceptable item in our community. It is certified kosher by the OU, but it's Dairy-OU which our community in Williamsburg refrain from eating.

And to you Mr. Abraham......go do dome better things with your life.
Nov. 27, 2011, 10:41 am
Pupa Ruv from Willi.. says:
This is just so hilarious. It couldn't happen to a nicer guy then Avrum Yitzchok and his wife Sarah. I highly suggest that Abraham and Sarah should immediately retain Ben Broffman before the Dime melts away.

Hay you big looser Abraham. Please go on with your life. Just throw the dime into your piggy bank. You might need it for Chanukah.
Nov. 27, 2011, 1:21 pm
Bench Kvetcher from Monsey says:
Obama promised change and you got some.
Nov. 27, 2011, 11:04 pm
Sharmuth from Willi says:
Hi Sara, listen to me carful,if u would find a 2.25k diamond in ur ice crem, would u still make so much noise?????
Nov. 27, 2011, 11:14 pm
Mark from Willitown says:
Eating Chulev Akim? is that what a holocoust surviver's son is doing to his tradition? Is this what your father has struggled so hard? If you use Hagen Daas do it in your kitchen and don't advertise it.

Mark
Nov. 28, 2011, 10:31 am
Seen it all from downtown says:
SCAM SCAM SCAM .....lie cheat, sue it is the american way this is one of the reasons America has become the mess it is , no matter waht happens ,blame it on someone else . does anyone remember the mouse in the pepsi can , i think the person involved went to jail..
Dec. 2, 2011, 11:50 pm

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