Park Slope Parents Want Ice Cream Trucks Banned To Avoid Testy Tantrums From Tots

Some Want Trucks To 'Go Somewhere Else,' Others Say Idea Is 'Extreme'

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Who doesn’t like the ice cream truck? Apparently some parents in Park Slope.

Dozens of recent comments on a Park Slope parents message blog said ice cream vendors need to leave the area, especially places around the playgrounds and parks, to help avoid afternoon meltdowns and temper tantrums from children craving frozen treats.

“Go somewhere else, go on another corner because…it does make it too tempting for them,” Debbie Markovic said Monday as her lactose-intolerant daughter begged for ice cream.

CBS 2’s Emily Smith found ice cream trucks on nearly every corner, including a Mister Softee truck, several Icee carts and a few frozen yogurt mobiles.

Though a sentiment exists among some to move the ice cream trucks, some frozen treat fanatics said banning a staple like Mister Softee is simply un-American.

“A little extreme, a little treat is a good thing,” one woman said.

“They’re walking down the street and my kid wants everything, every toy they see. Does that mean we should ban every toy store?” another woman said.

A city agency said banning ice cream trucks would have to be done legislatively citywide or statewide. They said to ban the trucks just in Park Slope would be impossible.

One parent jokingly said not until celery trucks go around playing fun music should the community consider banning the ice cream trucks.

Community Board 7 said it gets complaints about noisy music from the ice cream trucks or even safety issues regarding parking. However, an all-out ban for health reasons is unrealistic because the trucks are run by private vendors and parents have the option to say “no.”

Where do you stand on the issue?  Do you think ice cream trucks should be banned in Park Slope?  Share your thoughts below…

  • Barbara

    The idea of banning ice cream trucks from a neighborhood is ridiculous. Parents need to do their job and just say no to their children. Let the children have a tantrum. They need to learn they can’t always get everything they want. The parents, not the children, should be in charge.

  • CK

    How dare parents be actually engaged in parenting!!


    Parents, my azz. Park Slope brats are raised by nanies.

  • Mr Mark

    My ex-wife used to call me ‘Mister Softee’ but that’s a whole different story and we won’t delve into it here. There are kids reading this…..

  • JJones

    Well, I don’t have kids, but I am diabetic. Maybe I should start a similar protest to ban the ice cream wagon from my street….I might be tempted to rush out and buy something I shouldn’t have!!!!
    Essentially what you pathetic “parents” are saying is ” I’m too lazy to discipline my offspring, so let’s remove anything that might cause a problem, and I won’t have to worry about it.”
    WHY, did you have children??????????????????????

  • Frank

    My dad is an sells ice cream because he loves making people happy. He finds that adults as much as children enjoy buying ice cream from him. To ban something that is intended to bring families together is outrageous.

  • greedrules

    Duct tape and handcuffs….problem solved

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  • Paula

    Typical LEFT liberal parenting.

    So what do you do when they grow up and they still cannot apply self-control

    Take the whole world away??.

  • Rosa

    this is the problem with parents now a days, they just cant say no to their children. God forbid you actually tell your child what to do. I am a single mother of 3, ages are 16,4, 3. The ice cream man passes by my street every single day, my son who is 4 has his own lighting McQueen wallet in which he has $2 in it, he ask me everyday if he can go and buy himself an ice cream and i say “No, not today” and because he knows that what i say goes and their is no argument or negociation, he simply says, maybe tomorrow. Not even my 3 yr old youngest daughter argus or tries to fight with me because again even she knows if i say no, its no and thats that. In my house I make and implement the rules not my children. So it is ridicoulis that the parents at Park Slope would rather ban an ice cream truck then to have to parent thier children by making the rules and implementing them.

  • Mike

    For all of you who think you can’t spank or do other things from the old days like send your kid to bed without supper, make him stand in the corner, etc. let me share a story of a guy I know.

    An educated man with a PhD in Aeronautical Engineering, a Deacon in his church and a volunteer with too many groups to count. But he believes that a child should respect their elders, have a set of values, and work etchic, and if reason and discussion does not work, then those other methods are just fine.

    One of his sons we’ll call “Mike” was always a little bratty. But most of the time a look or a hungry night would suffice. Then as he entered adolescence and then teenage years his mouth got bigger and his transgressions larger. One night, not being able to take the way he and his wife we’re being spoken to, he cuffed his son upside the head. The next day “Mike”: told his teacher and together they called the police. When he returned from work, this guy was arrested while his son sat there and smirked. That is until his Dad got before a judge!

    He told the judge, he did in fact strike his son and would plead guilty. He believed in being reponsible for his actions—either good or bad. But he then added, I believe my son needs to be responsible as well. And announced to the court that he and his wife no longer wanted to be parents of “Mike”. Since he was too young to be emancipated he wanted to know how they relinquish parental control.

    After much commotion, conferences, judges chambers meetings and the like, the judge remanded Mike into the custody of Child Protective Services, where he stayed for the next three months. Numerous letters, phone calls, and pleadings from Mike failed to sway his parents. And then one day Mikes Dad and Mom appeared in court and said he could come home. And the judge granted the wish. It seems the judge didn’t like the current laws and rules any more then Mike’s Dad. But legally he couldn’t remand him to child protective services to learn a lesson. So Mikes Dad made it easy for him.

    Mike just finished his 3rd tour in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Captain in the US Marines. He came home to a beautiful homecoming of his wife, his two kids, and his Mom and Dad. I couldn’t keep from thinking the hug he gave his Dad was just a wee bit longer than everyone else.

    The moral of the story—we raise our kids, not the schools, not civic groups, and not some liberal Doctor’s who believe time out is a disciplanary procedure rather then a short intermission in a sporting event.

    God Bless Mike’s Mom and Dad

  • Peter Pumnkin Eater

    SO because parents in America don’t believe in spanking their BRATS when they throw tantrums??? Instead lets just let the government ban all ice cream trucks because we don’t know how to raise our kids! I grew up by the old school, spare the rod and spoil the child. Kids need discipline. Modern America is so much better, right? Taking prayer out of schools, not raising them to respect adults…my small town I grew up in 30 years ago you could go town and NEVER lock the door on your house…When people turned their backs on God this is the result.

  • Keith

    Ban ice cream trucks because of temper tantrums? This is what passes as parents these days. God help this nation!


    When my daughter was a toddler, she heard an ice cream truck pass our house and wanted to know what was going on. We told her it was the music truck and that when you heard the music, it was time to do a dance. After that, she was always happy to break into dance when the “music truck” went by. By the time she was old enough to figure out what the deal was, she was easier to reason with than she was at 2 or 3.

  • Rusty Shackelford

    Let’s consider the source – Park Slope, where hipsters and SWPL’s have swarmed to pretend that they are hardcore city dwellers. It is amazing to me how parents don’t want to parent anymore. I guess we saw this coming when stores started creating checkout lanes that didn’t have candy. Look, even the best behaved kids are going to throw little tantrums from time to time. Still, isn’t it better to have the struggles over denying the little stuff like ice cream and candy bars, so as the kid gets older, they understand that they can’t have everything their hearts desire? I bet you in a few years, as the children of these parents grow up, they’ll next be lobbying to ban expensive jeans and electronic gadgets. I heard the word NO early and often as a kid and it taught me that a) money doesn’t grow on trees b) to appreciate what I did have or the rare times I got a treat, i.e. it made it special and c) material things aren’t as important as we make them out to be.

  • Conrad Pilapil

    Say what!? Just tell the kids no.. and if that doesn’t help.. give them an “attitude adjustment” as my father use to call them. If you don’t know what that is.. I’ll simplify. A belt.. bend the child over (yes right there in the park) and give a wack.. not to hard, you don’t want to kill them.. just get their attention. Pain, retains.. as the Marine Corps says. If your child has no proper (and proper is the key) fear of authority (especially yours) then they will be in jail when they are older. Its that simple.

    • Rusty Shackelford

      Do that nowadays and you’ll probably go to jail. My parents spanked me, and as anybody that got spanked as a kid can tell you, it wasn’t really about the pain – it was the SHAME. That’s part of the problem with kids nowadays, they are not allowed to experience failure of have a few minutes where they feel bad about themselves or embarassed due to their behavior.

  • Clete Torres

    Ah yes, more non-problem solving from a liberal’s paradise.

    Here’s an idea, parents: Try being one.

  • bigdaddy

    Maybe Obamacare can send a lactose “tolerant” truck so the kid will be accommodated and not be discriminated. Gummint’ can make ANYTHING right !

  • Jon Galt

    By this logic—should we close strip clubs as well?

  • Sharon

    No. Easy to type, easier to say. Learn that word mom & dad. NO. Just say it.

  • Dave


  • ChugiakTea

    It’s amazing how quickly we went from parental involvement in debates over school curriculum to parental whining over kids who don’t understand the word no. I would blame the internet and television because they are easy targets, but alas I must target the source. PARENTS in America: you have the power to say no, or yes, you have the power to teach your kids right from wrong, and you have the power to teach your kids the Golden Rule. No I take that back, try this…….

    PARENTS in America: you have the responsibility to say no, or yes, you have the responsibility to teach your kids right from wrong, and you have the responsibility to teach your kids the Golden Rule. Now get of your butt and bring back the America we all know and love and enough of this nanny state garbage. Grow UP, parental responsibility does not end after the orgasm.

  • GCA

    What a bunch of lazy parents. If they had any sense, they would see this an excellent opportunity to teach their children some great life lessons.

  • ianski

    Practice. say no to every question. Say no at the beginning of the question. It keeps getting easier. If that doesn’t work then slap the s**t out of your kids behind. They’ll get the message sooner or later that their behavior is unacceptable

  • Kingfish

    Welcome to the Nanny State!! Parents abdicating their parental responsibility because they don’t want to have to do any work or tell little Max that he can’t have it.
    I bet these parents blame the teachers for their children not learning.

  • vicky

    honestly, who are the adults here. If the parents start saying no to their kids then they will have to start saying no to their own wants not needs. heaven forbid they get a backbone

  • snapcat

    No wonder we’re hearing about airlines kicking families off planes because a child wouldn’t sit down and be quiet.

  • Tom Tucker

    They also want to ban hamburgers, bicycles, puppies, kittens, toys of any kind, video games, chocolate, cookies, cake, pies, chicken nuggets, corn dogs, hot dogs, soft drinks, amusement parks, ferris wheels, swimming pools, pandas, zoos, museums, movie thetres, televisions, iPads, cell phones, peeps, Christmas trees, Santa Claus, Easter eggs, telescopes, basketballs, footballs, baseballs, soccer balls, X-Box, DVDs, CDs, books, pencils, crayons, finger paints, computers, laptops, comic books, comic strips, strip malls, candy canes, …you get the idea. Get a life!

  • george

    Translation: “If I don’t want my kids to have it, or to be bothered by having my kids ask for it, then nobody should be able to get it.” Ain’t MY problem!

  • bdt

    Sounds like the parents need to be banned from the neighborhood.

  • S0C7

    An effective remedy for spoiled brats’ tantrums has existed for millenia. It’s called SPANKING.

  • rufus2009a

    then close up all the bars, stop all TV programs, and no sports venues for the OLDER children that throw tantrums when drunk, when the Cable goes out, or when their little ball club wins some game.

    Ban the tantrums then the source of frustration. Everyone read a book.

  • Park Slope, not what it was.

    Haven’t the poor parenting parents of Park Slope embarasses themselves enough recently? How about be Parents and tell your kids no. Park Slope used to be a neighborhood that people wanted to live in. Unfortunaely it has become a place for Yuppie Parents who don’t know how to say no to relocate to. It is the new Laughing Stock of NYC.

    Good job, poor parents. Spend some time with your j kids and maybe they won’t be so needy.

  • Robert

    I would like to start a movement to ban McDonalds. Every time I drive by in my Prius I am tempted to stray from my vegan diet. This is unfair and I am putting out a call to action. I am suggesting an Occupy McDonalds gathering here in Orem Utah. If you are familiar with dreadlocks or birds trying to nest in your hair, sitting outside and playing a guitar while a joint is being passed around, this is your call to action. It’s best you have limited experience with bathing. No facilities will be provided, but for most of my brethren this should be a non-issue.

  • Steve3

    Only pathetic liberals would do this. They have to be the most undisciplined and hateful people on the planet.

  • Tango

    Sooner or later children will be told no. It will either come from the parents, or from a teacher, or the limit will be set by the police or the courts. The parents in this case wish to ban an otherwise legal activity because they don’t have the fortitude to stand up to little Joey. What happens in fifteen years when little Joey wants a Corvette and Mommy and Daddy finally tell him no. At that point does little Joey beat his parents to death because they finally said no. When do these parents plan to set limits or do they not plan to set them at all.

    • rufus2009a

      forget the corvette in fifteen years. Obama is destroying all gasoline sources….the kids will beg for a bicycle.

  • B.F.

    Ice ceam trucks come around my neighborhood all the time. It drives me crazy. But I will fight for their right to sell their wares, in this case ice cream because this is a free society for anyone to buy and sell (within laws) to make their living. The problem is parents who don’t know how to raise and control their children with love. It’s tough. It takes patience. I am a parent of four, and I am in no way a perfect parent. But how my children handle, react to their displeasure at a situations, like not getting the ice cream that they wanted, that is mine and my spouse’s responsibility. Handle it! Buthandle it with love.

  • Twink

    Another parent tells her children that when the truck’s music is playing it means they have run out of ice cream. I think tha’s brilliant!

    • rufus2009a

      yeah…lie to them, and they can grow up to become a President like the liar in the white house now. lying the norm…everyone lies.

  • xb

    My sister – a parenting genius – taught us to call them the Music Truck. So now that we have kids that is what we call them. Every time they come by we all do a little dance to the Music Truck music.

  • Megamimi

    Rather than punish all the children whose parents have taught their children to control themselves, or who are engaged enough in disciplining their offspring to remove them when they pitch a fit, perhaps ice cream truck vendors should ban parents who cannot control their kids!

  • bringontheicecream

    Dang. I could really go for some mint chocolate chip right now.

    • george

      Well, don’t expect to buy it from an ice cream truck if any of THESE parents are nearby.

  • davo

    “Go somewhere else, go on another corner because…it does make it too tempting for them,” Debbie Markovic said Monday as her lactose-intolerant daughter begged for ice cream. ”

    Typical in America today, because her child is lactose-intolerant and can’t enjoy ice cream, no one else should either.

    • george

      Yep. It’s just a matte of time until the self-involved victims of peanut allergy start to demand that ball parks, zoos, and grocery stores ban peanuts too.

    • bringontheicecream

      Yes, if you watch the video you will see her precious little brat squirming on the ground and Deb has ice cream in her hand anyway. Deb is TRAINING her child to throw tantrums. It obviously works so precious will do it again and again and again.

      • rufus2009a

        works for MICHELLE OBAMA doesn’t it?

  • Laurie S.

    It is called “parenting” people. Maybe we should just issue blinders to your children so they can’t SEE anything they might want.

  • Dennis

    Typical liberal crap, I can’t ( don’t want to) so government has to

  • nauticalstar

    Park Slope parents are the biggest bunch of cry baby a-holes I’ve ever seen.
    They can’t control their children, period. I’ve seen so many of them let their little brats run rampant on the (small) sidewalks and they don’t even pay attention. Here’s an idea…SCOLD them. Oh wait…that actually involves them being active in their lives. Who am I kidding?·ci·pline   /ˈdɪsəplɪn/ Show Spelled [dis-uh-plin] Show IPA noun, verb, -plined, -plin·ing.
    1. training to act in accordance with rules; drill: military discipline.
    2. activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill; training: A daily stint at the typewriter is excellent discipline for a writer.
    3. punishment inflicted by way of correction and training.
    4. the rigor or training effect of experience, adversity, etc.: the harsh discipline of poverty.
    5. behavior in accord with rules of conduct; behavior and order maintained by training and control: good discipline in an army.

  • david

    ANOTHER Parent(s) that didn’t get their ribbon just because they ran in a race. Join-in and tell them to leave, find new dirt in another country and have them look for their ribbons there – F*&^%K’n progressive, liberal, commie, whinny asses

  • TRE

    Wanting and not getting is one of the most important lessons in life.

  • Father of 3

    Parents need to put their big-boy pants on and learn to tell their children “NO!”

    Stop indulging them just to make them quiet. That is not parenting!

    • Laurie S.


  • Sal

    This is the kind of nonsense that confirm my decsion to leave NY 37 years ago.
    NYC is about what you cannot do or cannot eat or cannot smoke. I prefer to live in a place where you can do things. The weather is better, the cost of living is lower and people smile. The only bridge toll we have is 25 cents.
    And mothers don’t complain about people trying to make a buck selling ice cream in the park.

  • Agreed

    The funny thing is that all of you are coming together in agreement about the ridiculousness of banning the trucks, yet you find you need to rip on each other about comments, spelling, etc.

    • george

      You’re thinking of all the libs who can only make their point by ripping into the “grammer” (s0c) or “speling” (sic) of others. This happens all the time. It’s pretty amusing.

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