TCBY: A Minor Breakup
Last night I got TCBY’d: A man I had been dating asked me to return my shirts.
Yes, TCBY’d is not a real word or term. It’s something my friends and I use to denote a minor breakup. Generally, you can only be TCBY’d by someone you haven’t been going out with very long.
My friends and I have been using this term for a few years. It started when I dumped JK, a boyfriend I had been dating for a couple months. I had liked JK a ton, but he was terrible at being a boyfriend. I quickly became frustrated with this man’s shortcomings and ended the relationship.
After the breakup, I went to my friends’ Dave and Danielle’s house to talk about what had happened. As I was telling the story, my friend Danielle asked if JK had seen the breakup coming. I said I wasn’t sure. Dave, being Dave, immediately interrupted my story, proclaiming, “it’s just like when I worked at TCBY!” His story went something like this:
When Dave was in high school, he had a part-time job at a local TCBY. (Yes, the frozen yogurt place.) Dave had gotten into trouble a couple of times at TCBY for really stupid reasons. The first time, it was a hot summer day and the store had a never-ending line. Instead of cleaning up the store, Dave served customers. The second time, Dave got caught giving his mom a little extra yogurt for free. At the time, Dave’s mother really deserved some extra yogurt. Nonetheless, the TCBY manager decided to fire Dave.
Dave saw this firing coming. On his next scheduled shift, Dave arrived with his specially embroidered TCBY shirts. He was ready to return them as soon as he was fired.
As predicted, upon Dave’s arrival his manager called him into a meeting. The manager was visibly nervous about firing him and was uncomfortable with the situation. Rather than let his manager flounder, Dave simply handed her his shirts.
TCBY broke up with Dave. He saw it coming. Now, whenever I break up with someone I haven’t been dating very long, we call it a “TCBY.” If I was the dumper, I received my shirt back. If I was the situation’s dumpee, I gave back my shirt. Last night I gave back my TCBY shirts.