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(East Grinstead Courier)   Has the world economic crisis forced us to all give up ice cream? Struggling British ice cream van driver tells how he is making just £8 a day despite a summer heatwave   (eastgrinsteadcourier.co.uk) divider line 95
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2013-07-28 08:01:25 AM
Theeeyyy can't aaaa-fooord it.... cause they are on the weeeell-fare.
 
2013-07-28 09:27:53 AM
The fact that for the price of 1 ice cream bar bought from a truck you can buy a whole box from the grocer has always been enough incentive for me to not waste money on them.
 
2013-07-28 09:36:51 AM
There's an economic crisis?

Last time I checked we were in a recovery
 
2013-07-28 09:46:37 AM
cdn.twentytwowords.com

Maybe the economy isn't the issue at all...
 
2013-07-28 11:09:58 AM
So this guy is the only ice cream truck driver in history not to realize the real money in his job comes from using the route to sell weed.
 
2013-07-28 11:31:21 AM

FirstNationalBastard: Theeeyyy can't aaaa-fooord it.... cause they are on the weeeell-fare.


and his dad's an al-co-hoooolic...
 
2013-07-28 11:33:30 AM
Use this measurement as part of the misery index.


/you accept food stamps?
 
2013-07-28 11:36:03 AM
Stop me when I'm passing by.
 
2013-07-28 11:38:10 AM
Well, if this one guy is having problems selling ice cream during a heat wave, then it must be a worldwide problem due to an economic crisis.  Not because his van has roaches or he screams at the kids or his hands are filthy or his product is too damn expensive or...
 
2013-07-28 11:38:56 AM
upload.wikimedia.org

I blame Dave's Syndrome.
 
2013-07-28 11:42:06 AM
He only sells one ice cream bar a day?
 
2013-07-28 11:45:38 AM
The little snowflakes are inside in the air conditioning playing videos games. duh.
 
2013-07-28 11:46:29 AM

ReapTheChaos: The fact that for the price of 1 ice cream bar bought from a truck you can buy a whole box from the grocer has always been enough incentive for me to not waste money on them.


I like the LifeSaver popsicles. I can buy a box of 8 for 2$ more than the guy with bike cart charges.
 
2013-07-28 11:46:38 AM
The last depression showed that four types of stocks do well: cheap food, cheap entertainment, cheap alcohol, and government-subsidized businesses. My investments are doing pretty good. NetFlix, especially, has ben baddy, baddy goood, to me.
 
2013-07-28 11:48:03 AM
The ice cream trucks in Liverpool sold cigarette packs to the old ladies who couldn't walk very far.  I understand there might have also been ice cream in the trucks...
 
2013-07-28 11:49:26 AM

cman: There's an economic crisis?

Last time I checked we were in a recovery


On Top Gear from last week they went to Spain.  They still have massive unemployment. Whole towns of brand new houses empty.  There was an abandoned bankrupt airport that was only 5 years old.

World economy.
 
2013-07-28 11:53:51 AM

miss diminutive: [cdn.twentytwowords.com image 634x655]

Maybe the economy isn't the issue at all...




Is that Sweet Tooth from Twisted Metal? I spent many hours playing against friends my college years.

/Warthog
 
2013-07-28 11:54:06 AM
I like ice creams in the summer. But I can buy 4 in a supermarket multipack for less than an ice cream van Cornetto. So I do. Home freezers are the real enemy.
 
2013-07-28 11:54:13 AM
I don't know about overseas, but the ice cream trucks here in the US are beyond retarded (at least the ones in Wisconsin are). They drive down the side streets going 35 mph... how do they expect children (or adults) or anyone for that matter to run out of their houses fast enough to be able to buy any?
 
2013-07-28 11:56:36 AM

RickN99: Well, if this one guy is having problems selling ice cream during a heat wave, then it must be a worldwide problem due to an economic crisis.  Not because his van has roaches or he screams at the kids or his hands are filthy or his product is too damn expensive or...


Hold on, bub.  John Major is quite proud of keeping his prices low.
 
2013-07-28 11:57:18 AM

No.  I still buy ice cream, just not from an overpriced, sketchy pedo-bear looking thing.


Besides, around here Mexicans (not racist, a fact) ride around on bicycles selling paletas



Which are delicious.
 
2013-07-28 11:59:06 AM
When my family was dirt-poor, they could usually scrape up a few bucks for small luxuries like the ice cream truck for us.

It probably has more to do with the fact that they don't take credit cards. Lots of people don't carry cash on-hand anymore.
 
2013-07-28 12:00:06 PM

LordOfThePings: [upload.wikimedia.org image 150x150]

I blame Dave's Syndrome.


Dave's Not Here!

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Perhaps mr Ice Cream Man could get into other products.
 
2013-07-28 12:03:41 PM
Heelllll no I ain't gonna give up ice cream. I'm old enough to drive to a store and buy ice cream, as opposed to waiting around for a creepy pedo truck with the maddening jingle to roll on by.
 
2013-07-28 12:04:11 PM
The government has convinced parents not to let their out of the house or out of their sight. There's every imaginable danger out there including ice cream men.
 
2013-07-28 12:08:07 PM
The main problem is that ice cream doesn't exist, it seems to but within a few moments of time of one existing it doesn't exist and nothing makes it come back. I assume people have come to accept this and no longer chase the elusive butterfly high of sugar twisted with the droppings from a cow's breast, they probably prefer buying 'apps' for their 'phone'.
 
2013-07-28 12:09:01 PM

ReapTheChaos: The fact that for the price of 1 ice cream bar bought from a truck you can buy a whole box from the grocer has always been enough incentive for me to not waste money on them.

Bingo.

Ice cream trucks are a product of an age where your freezer was called an icebox and could hold maybe 1-2 cubic feet and the age when grocery stores had three flavours of ice cream.
 
2013-07-28 12:09:58 PM
Maybe it's because milk on a hot day was a bad choice.Csb time: there's a beat-up pickup truck that made its rounds where I used to live. Just had a guy hanging out in the bed with a gas station ice cream display cooler and a driver.
 
2013-07-28 12:11:59 PM
All the vans in denver have the same loud song playing over the speaker- a little ditty about 10 seconds long played on a child's piano- over and over and over and over- you can hear it for half a mile.

I'm not usually one to advocate violence. <i>But I understand</i> </chrisrock>
 
2013-07-28 12:15:09 PM
It's because we now all tell our children that when the bell is ringing it means the van is out of ice cream.
 
2013-07-28 12:15:58 PM

patiodragon: The little snowflakes are inside in the air conditioning playing videos games. duh.


This is the UK, so we have no air conditioning. Means it gets hot with temperatures in the 90s and a heat index well over a 100 day after day. Especially when you are used to much colder temperatures.
 
2013-07-28 12:22:22 PM

limeyfellow: patiodragon: The little snowflakes are inside in the air conditioning playing videos games. duh.

This is the UK, so we have no air conditioning. Means it gets hot with temperatures in the 90s and a heat index well over a 100 day after day. Especially when you are used to much colder temperatures.


So instead we just go inside where it's hot, and complain about how hot it is.
 
2013-07-28 12:22:47 PM

listernine: Stop me when I'm passing by.


www.dr.dk
 
2013-07-28 12:24:33 PM
If they took SNAP or EBT or VISA, they'd do a lot better.
 
2013-07-28 12:25:21 PM
CSS:

I drove an ice cream truck for three weeks one summer in south St. Petersburg.  I was instructed by the boss lady to concentrate on the "ghetto" areas, because the people there were more likely to spend whatever cash they happened to have.  Not saying that I support her repugnant philosophy, but I cleaned up on welfare check day.
 
2013-07-28 12:26:34 PM

cman: There's an economic crisis?

Last time I checked we were in a recovery


Not in the United States; the very definitions of "unemployment rate" and "inflation" have been unceremoniously changed to make the economy appear to be in "recovery".

Look around at real unemployment and the rising cost of basic goods, then which do you believe: Your eyes, or the government?
 
2013-07-28 12:28:19 PM
Yesterday, my 3 year old niece bought some ice cream from one of the roaming trucks.  Cost me $5, but the experience of buying it really made her light up and tickled her fancy.  Cost inefficient, but it made her day, and that's what matters.  I'll make up the savings elsewhere with scavenged tennis balls and cardboard boxes.
 
2013-07-28 12:32:20 PM
This is how I get my ice cream:
myauctionfinds.com
/cold hot
 
2013-07-28 12:35:04 PM
Cash business? Interview by the media? Tax officials watch media?

Yes, I only make £8 a day.
 
2013-07-28 12:35:34 PM
It's not the economy. It's the new paranoia. Everyone who drives any kind of vehicle through the neighborhood trying to entice kids with sweet treats is a rapist.
 
2013-07-28 12:35:51 PM

gwowen: limeyfellow: patiodragon: The little snowflakes are inside in the air conditioning playing videos games. duh.

This is the UK, so we have no air conditioning. Means it gets hot with temperatures in the 90s and a heat index well over a 100 day after day. Especially when you are used to much colder temperatures.

So instead we just go inside where it's hot, and complain about how hot it is.


There is no air conditioning in the whole UK? I know its cold usually, but that is ridiculous. Buy an AC unit, and a toothbrush you freaks.
 
2013-07-28 12:37:47 PM
FTA : "I have the best variety of ice creams. I have Mars, Snickers, five different types of Magnums and Cornettos..."

www.footydaft.com

One vanilla, please.
 
2013-07-28 12:38:25 PM
Nobody has given up ice cream.  They just don't like paying 5x the price to get it from a truck.  It doesn't help that all the ice cream trucks in my area look barely a step above that "free candy" van and are driven by what appear to be members of al queda.  Don't get me wrong.  I have nothing against the arabs but if someone is going to work in a job where they interact with the public it might be a good idea to try to look presentable, like by maybe, I dunno, shaving off the 3ft long beard and wearing something more than a bathrobe.
 
2013-07-28 12:40:09 PM

Sneakytoes: CSS:

I drove an ice cream truck for three weeks one summer in south St. Petersburg.  I was instructed by the boss lady to concentrate on the "ghetto" areas, because the people there were more likely to spend whatever cash they happened to have.  Not saying that I support her repugnant philosophy, but I cleaned up on welfare check day.


Also they tend to carry cash and aren't afraid to go outside. I've lived in rich and poor neighborhoods and I far prefer the kids in many of the poor neighborhoods, they play outside and have a good time, and stop the ice-cream truck. The rich kids stay inside and play their video games.
 
2013-07-28 12:49:08 PM
Do british ice cream lorries have loudspeakers? Do british ice cream lorry drivers enjoy having their loudspeakers shoved up their asshole?
 
2013-07-28 12:51:58 PM
Another sixteen bucks
Whaddya get
Two nutter butter bars
And a purchase full of regret
 
2013-07-28 12:52:09 PM

Ima4nic8or: Nobody has given up ice cream.  They just don't like paying 5x the price to get it from a truck.  It doesn't help that all the ice cream trucks in my area look barely a step above that "free candy" van and are driven by what appear to be members of al queda.  Don't get me wrong.  I have nothing against the arabs but if someone is going to work in a job where they interact with the public it might be a good idea to try to look presentable, like by maybe, I dunno, shaving off the 3ft long beard and wearing something more than a bathrobe.


Or, smelling like something other than the inside of a shoe.
 
2013-07-28 12:55:59 PM
MindStalker: I've lived in rich and poor neighborhoods and I far prefer the kids in many of the poor neighborhoods, they play outside and have a good time, and stop the ice-cream truck. The rich kids stay inside and play their video games.

Perhaps the odds of a child buying ice cream off a truck is somehow related to the odds of his parents buying lottery tickets.
 
2013-07-28 12:56:31 PM
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2013-07-28 12:59:27 PM

Bob The Nob:


What flavor is it?
 
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