ice cream fight

Ice cream truck drivers arrested in violent turf war

August 21, 2013
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ice cream Ice cream truck drivers arrested in violent turf war

Ice cream truck business gets nasty

Listen business owners, or anyone who has a competitor – if you want to gain a leg-up on them, simply let your sales speak for themselves. No need to pull out a weapon or tear down licenses of the other guy. Seriously folks; I can’t make this stuff up.

A Mister Softee ice cream truck in New York City was selling their wares when another vendor pulled up in his Yogo frozen yogurt mobile in attempts to sell his froyo.

The Mister Softee salesman approached the Yogo truck and the two began arguing. Mister Softee man then stole Yogo man’s ID and ripped down his vendor license. The police arrived before things got violent, and began to take reports from both men as well as witnesses. According to the Mister Softee salesman, during the police questioning, the Yogo driver pulled a knife on him during the scuffle. It is reported that no weapon was found at the scene.

Both parties were arrested with charges including assault, auto stripping, criminal mischief, and petit larceny.

Who threw the first scoop?

It is unclear who threw the first scoop, however, witnesses report that the two men went cone to cone and not a one was backing down until the last sprinkle had been thrown.



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Honestly, guys… I get turf wars. But, ice cream? Really? I know this goes deeper than the product they both were selling, but again… it’s ice cream.

So, Yogo wanted to check out Mister Softee’s clientele. Neato. That’s when Mister Softee should simply take the cue and do something legal that will set his product apart from Yogo. Like, perhaps, I don’t know… offer a discount?!

Here ya go Mister Softee… “Leave behind the Yogo. With me you’ll get Bogo! Buy one, get one free!” No need to thank me for that gem; it’s on the house. You need to save your marketing dollars for your jail bond.

UPDATE: as of February 2014, all charges were dismissed against the Yogo driver.

Tasha Salinas is a staff writer at AGBeat, holding a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and Journalism from Northeastern University. She is an info geek who reads, talks, & thinks way too much. You don't want to know how long it took her to write this bio. You can find her at facebook.com/TashaSalinas.