Cops Cracking Down on Softee Trucks After “Altercation”
Fights between trucks is nothing new, but fighting with a cop? That’s kind of crazy. The rumors swirling around Midtown today is that on Tuesday an ice cream truck driver got into some kind of “altercation” with a police officer. Nobody wanted to say exactly what happened, or who started it, but we’ve heard that the ice cream truck driver is now in the hospital- and has been fired from his job. One thing is for sure, even though the driver wasn’t a licensed Mister Softee vendor (he drove one of the generic trucks) yesterday was a tough day for *all* ice cream vendors in Midtown.
Miss Softee didn’t want to speak on the record about any of this (after all, there’s a saying about vendor fight club) but she did want to point out how unfair it is that one bad driver could ruin it for all the good Mister Softee drivers, trying to follow the rules.
“The person who got in the fight should be punished, because what happened should have never happened. You have to treat local law enforcement with respect. They’re putting their lives on the line, and we have to work with them and we have to respect them. But kicking us all out of our spots isn’t fair either.”
She did confirm that the spot in question was in Midtown (near Bryant Park), and the driver who got in the fight isn’t even a regular in the spot. It was raining on Tuesday and the ice cream vendor who spent the past 5 years parked in the spot in question, without incident, decided to stay home. Now his spot is most likely ruined forever.
When it comes to fighting, “Mister Softee” trucks probably have the worst record of anybody… and how can you condone fighting with a cop? But there are a few good ones (like Miss Softee) and it would suck if the bad ones ruin it for the good. Hopefully this will all blow over soon…