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(The Atlantic Wire)   In New York "A turf war has exploded this summer, leaving a trail of sabotaged trucks, bloody noses and even death threats" Is it over A)Mob-controlled garbage pick-up? B) Gang territory? C) Ice cream trucks?   (theatlanticwire.com) divider line 39
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2012-07-25 01:10:28 PM  
I knew this would happen when I started seeing all of the Yogo trucks around. Mister Softee can be a mean motherfarker.
 
2012-07-25 01:12:49 PM  

FreakinB: I knew this would happen when I started seeing all of the Yogo trucks around. Mister Softee can be a mean motherfarker.


Well you gotta figure a name like that ain't helping him with the ladies any, so the man's got a lot of pent-up rage..
 
2012-07-25 01:22:30 PM  
You truly will SCREAM for Ice Cream

that needs to be the tagline when Hollywood buys the rights...
 
2012-07-25 01:24:31 PM  

Grapple: You truly will SCREAM for Ice Cream

that needs to be the tagline when Hollywood buys the rights...


in the big apple, someone will get The Soft Serve!
 
2012-07-25 01:25:09 PM  
i149.photobucket.com
I'll show ya a swirl, ya friggin' mook!
 
2012-07-25 01:26:07 PM  
I'm pretty sure The King of Queens already covered this...
images.tvrage.com
 
2012-07-25 01:26:26 PM  
I assume some staffer at the Atlantic submitted this, since it would have made more sense just to link directly to the article on it.
 
2012-07-25 01:27:45 PM  

Magorn: FreakinB: I knew this would happen when I started seeing all of the Yogo trucks around. Mister Softee can be a mean motherfarker.

Well you gotta figure a name like that ain't helping him with the ladies any, so the man's got a lot of pent-up rage..


You can laugh, but if you're smart you won't say anything like that around him. I remember once, back when I was working the east side frozen yogurt beat, I saw him throw down on a panhandler that asked him for change. Nothing special, just wanting a handout, and old Mister Softee goes pale, all quiet, like something inside just turned over and died. Well, he went after that poor hobo with a tub of Breyer's Best and a goddamn box of graham cracker cones, the whole time just dead silent and all we could hear was the hobo screamin' in pain and cones crackin. Blood went everywhere, and once he was done, he wouldn't even look at the rest of us, just laughed to himself with that dry, leathery laugh he has. None of the rest of us ever mentioned it to him again.
 
2012-07-25 01:28:41 PM  

Tarmangani: I'm pretty sure The King of Queens already covered this...


One of the funniest episodes. I love it.

And its true. Its brutal. Mr. Softee is pretty farking hard core.

And that's not phallic at all.
 
2012-07-25 01:29:39 PM  

toraque: Magorn: FreakinB: I knew this would happen when I started seeing all of the Yogo trucks around. Mister Softee can be a mean motherfarker.

Well you gotta figure a name like that ain't helping him with the ladies any, so the man's got a lot of pent-up rage..

You can laugh, but if you're smart you won't say anything like that around him. I remember once, back when I was working the east side frozen yogurt beat, I saw him throw down on a panhandler that asked him for change. Nothing special, just wanting a handout, and old Mister Softee goes pale, all quiet, like something inside just turned over and died. Well, he went after that poor hobo with a tub of Breyer's Best and a goddamn box of graham cracker cones, the whole time just dead silent and all we could hear was the hobo screamin' in pain and cones crackin. Blood went everywhere, and once he was done, he wouldn't even look at the rest of us, just laughed to himself with that dry, leathery laugh he has. None of the rest of us ever mentioned it to him again.


Aaaaaaaaaand SCENE.

/golf clap
 
2012-07-25 01:29:45 PM  
I used to work construction in college and the turf wars between the guys who drove those lunch wagons was fierce.
 
2012-07-25 01:30:39 PM  
Still can't find a clean copy of the Softee jingle....
 
2012-07-25 01:35:06 PM  
I scream, you scream, we all scream AAAARRRGH MY FACE
 
2012-07-25 01:38:45 PM  
Wanna lick? psych.
 
2012-07-25 01:42:35 PM  
It's been done. Glasgow Ice Cream Wars. Best line in wiki article "more violent than might typically be expected between ice-cream salesmen" - so there is an expected level of violence then?
 
2012-07-25 01:42:46 PM  
 
2012-07-25 01:44:17 PM  
It's not really summer in New York City if you're the idiots who live there are not complaining about ice cream.

FTF the author of TFA.

The rest of us don't seem to have this problem.
 
2012-07-25 01:48:24 PM  
i48.tinypic.com

Can you scoop it?
 
2012-07-25 01:49:08 PM  
Why do all the ice cream trucks here look like pedo-mobiles?
 
2012-07-25 01:56:06 PM  
Also covered in the film Comfort and Joy
 
2012-07-25 01:56:31 PM  
Keep your ice cream - I want my Italian Ice!!


/lives in L.A., where there's no Italian Ice vendors
//sad
 
2012-07-25 02:00:50 PM  
"Turkey In The Straw". How could I get through a summer without it.
 
2012-07-25 02:12:01 PM  
I must say I am very impressed with the Comfort and Joy references so early on ,came here to post the same, Bill Forsyth is one of my fav directors even though most of his self penned movies are a bit goofy
 
2012-07-25 02:28:42 PM  
TFA: It's not really summer if you're not complaining about ice cream. This year we've already discussed the maddening song of the ice cream man, and how it drives parents into a state of fury.

Mr. Softee's Nightmare

/But seriously who cares?
 
2012-07-25 02:32:30 PM  
Like, recently, this (with bonus news back-story and on-board footage)
 
2012-07-25 02:38:18 PM  
I hear the Good Humor man aint in no good humor 'bout dis.

and then there's this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOxz2zXZmNo
 
2012-07-25 02:39:08 PM  
Bad language in the video btw
 
2012-07-25 02:41:21 PM  
rocket rocket all of my rocket sauce
 
2012-07-25 02:45:19 PM  
I got ice cream in New York from this place earlier this summer:

distilleryimage0.s3.amazonaws.com

Yes, it was fabulous.
 
2012-07-25 02:49:31 PM  

Renart: I got ice cream in New York from this place earlier this summer:

[distilleryimage0.s3.amazonaws.com image 612x612]

Yes, it was fabulous.


Yeah, they're pretty excellent. And they opened a storefront in the East Village. That's on a whole different level from Mister Softee though.
 
2012-07-25 03:09:45 PM  

Renart: I got ice cream in New York from this place earlier this summer:

[distilleryimage0.s3.amazonaws.com image 612x612]

Yes, it was fabulous.



Nice to see Starbucks and McDonald's have a presence in the city. Wasn't really sure if...if...

/bwhahaha
 
2012-07-25 03:15:55 PM  
Most ice cream truck drivers aspire to be carnies.
 
2012-07-25 03:28:20 PM  
A)Mob-controlled garbage pick-up? B) Gang territory? C) Ice cream trucks?

Trick question. All three of these are the same thing, subby.
 
2012-07-25 03:30:47 PM  
If i want rat droppings and cockroach grinds in my ice cream, i go to the mister softee on the corners.
 
2012-07-25 03:41:54 PM  
When I was a child, it all started with my mother's soft heart...

One day our ice cream man (who drove by in a converted station wagon) knocked on the door. He asked if he could go to the toilet. My mother let him in.

Well, from then on, he took it for granted that he could use our house as a public toilet. My mother hated it when I started yelling out when I saw him driving up the street "Here comes Piddling Jim!"

Things got very uncomfortable for me when he came one day while I was in the bath I didn't want him in there, and he said through the door "Don't be silly, we men are all the same!" From then on I felt a bit funny about him. Then our neighbour told us something that made my father ban him from ever coming into our house again.

One weekend we were out visiting relatives. Piddling Jim drives up, knocks on the door, finds nobody home, goes to the front wall of our house and piddles on it! In public! No wonder my Dad was upset at him!

///true story, bro
 
2012-07-25 06:31:24 PM  

Spiralmonkey: It's been done. Glasgow Ice Cream Wars. Best line in wiki article "more violent than might typically be expected between ice-cream salesmen" - so there is an expected level of violence then?


Given that it was actually drug dealers operating out of ice cream vans, the level of violence was indeed greater than would be expected from ice cream alone.

Mind you, this is Glesga, so maybe not.
 
2012-07-25 07:49:44 PM  
Wanted for questioning:
clientes.netvisao.pt
 
2012-07-25 10:44:39 PM  
Vendors of any type in public space that has high traffic can lead to confrontation. During July 4th I had finally just got my peddlers permit and so I was downtown for the fireworks trying to sell some Glow/LED items (normally I just work clubs/edm events).

When this guy carting some glow led stuff came and said "Hey, did the boss put you on this corner?"

Me-What boss?
Him-you don't work for (don't remember name)?
Me- No
Him- Huh. *he makes a phone call, sets up ~15 feet away from me and starts selling*

about 15 minutes later some other guy comes, starts talking to the other vendor. Then he approaches me, tells me I can't be here I don't have the proper paperwork, I needed a permit to be here. I pull mine out, show that I can. He gets upset, says this is his corner and starts raising his voice and making it hard for me to sell, he goes off and makes a call and then comes back.

I started to feel uncomfortable, and wasn't going to risk it so I left, and started walking around to other streets and then noticed that every glow vendor had the exact same trolley like thing and the exact same merchandise, and that it when I realized some organized group or person had the city "locked down". I plan to go out there for the next event, but bring a friend or two who are beefy to help, there is good money to be made.
 
2012-07-25 11:20:58 PM  

oldfarthenry: [i149.photobucket.com image 391x650]
I'll show ya a swirl, ya friggin' mook!


Holy. shiat. That puts a Belt's Soft Serv large cone to shame...
 
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