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I Scream, You Scream, Should We All Scream?

By Peter Mavrik in News on Sep 6, 2007 3:45PM

2007_09_icecreamtrucks.jpgWhen we were young, nothing quite compared to the sound of an ice cream truck as it slowly made it's way through our neighborhood. It was the only thing that could destroy a major game of Hide 'n Seek. The moment one of us heard the familiar tune, a battle cry of "Ice Cream Truck!!" went out and everyone ran home to scavenge for change.

But times are changing. Some folks with children, who we suspect once were a part of our same sort of battle cry response, are calling for bans on ice cream trucks all together.

Some places already have a ban in place. In Elgin, mobile food vendors aren't allowed. The Elgin law has been on the books for a staggering 35 years. We feel a bit sad for those kids, past, present, and future, who missed out (or will miss out) on the delight an ice cream truck can bring to a summer day.

Sugar Grove in Kane County is the latest village to take up the insane cause. As a response to an incident where a vendor was arrested for allegedly exposing himself, village officials are seeking to ban ice cream trucks. Douglas R. Jones is currently pleading not guilty to the charges.

Now, let's think about this. ONE person is suspected of doing ONE stupid thing and they decide to punish all the companies and countless children? Why not consider reviewing the existing regulation process? Or, if he is found guilty, just punish him and not everyone else.

What are your thoughts? Should they ban ice cream trucks?

"The kids with the Ice Cream truck" by Mandy~Gill