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Aldermen Wed Nov 05 2008

WTF??? Banning Ice Cream Trucks???

I would certainly call this a very busybody move. Aren't there more important issues to tackle than an ice cream truck. At least they can prove what small plastic baggies can be used for, but this is the floppiest reasons for banning ice cream trucks. From the Chicago Reader blog, The Food Chain:

Lane's explanation? Suspected ne'er-do-wells. She related a story of one dodgy truck. "The truck arrived down the block and its playing the regular ice cream music," she told me. "The kids left the truck and he left the end of the block, and it was like a cul-de-sac where you have to come back around and come back up the same block. And when he got down there he started playing a different tune of music. And I'm sitting down there but I'm writing this. And so then there were guys--people coming out of homes that were going to the truck coming back with something. You see them exchange something at the window of the truck but they didn't have any ice cream. So I assumed that they were dealing drugs. I'm not saying every truck is doing that but I prefer them not to be in the 18th Ward. That way we're sure that they are not."

Because she thought they were dealing drugs? You know shouldn't you prove something before you just plain take action like it's really happening.



Andrew HuffAuthor Profile Page / November 6, 2008 12:11 PM

Seriously. I can't believe that they chose to ban ice cream trucks rather than increase police presence or call in the DEA or something. The problem doesn't go away with this solution, it just switches vehicles.

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