Marble Slab card program on ice after suspected theft |

Marble Slab card program on ice after suspected theft

Joe Haas is having trouble with trust these days.The frustrated Marble Slab Creamery Glenwood Springs franchise owner recently discovered a load of his “The Slab Club” cards went missing. The cards – now no longer valid – offer a buy 5-get one free option for repeat customers at his two ice cream store locations.”I have to discontinue the program,” Haas said. “I don’t know which cards are good and which aren’t.”At least 1,500 of the bright green cards were stolen in the last two weeks, said Haas, who declined to report the incident to local authorities. He hesitates to point fingers, but wonders if the theft was an inside job orchestrated by former short-term Marble Slab employees.”I’ve seen people come in with full cards I’d never seen before and I thought, ‘Come on,'” he said. “Evidently the word must be out though. I haven’t seen any of the kids who used to work here come back in.”Good for a free ice cream or yogurt cone, each card’s value equals approximately $4.86 with tax. With 1,500 cards missing, that’s not kid’s play.”Take 1,500 times $4.86 and that comes to a lot of money,” Haas said. “Starbucks just went through the same thing.”Haas referred to an incident in Denver last week involving fake Starbucks coupons good for free iced coffees until Sept. 30 that were unofficially distributed online. Starbucks released a statement discontinuing the free offer last Wednesday.”It’s unfortunate that there’s a lot of good people out there who are affected by these incidents,” Haas said.Although The Slab Club has disbanded in Glenwood, Haas said he hopes to see long-time customers remain loyal to his hand-dipped ice cream.”I hate to discontinue the program, but what else am I supposed to do?” he said. “I feel terrible about it.”Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518

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