Ice Cream Vans

(102 Posts)
sbear Fri 12-Jul-13 20:29:08

Am I being unreasonable to suggest ice cream vans should be banned from areas near schools (for health reasons) and in built up residential areas so that the tunes do not annoy people?
There is a growing problem with obesity in children in this country and to strive to improve school meals to help kids but then to allow ice cream vans to park near schools seems to defeat the object.

I live near a park, a school and my DD's nursery. Summer is ice cream van hell. I don't like:
1. The noise pollution which is only going to get worse now that the government has decided to relax the laws and they can play for 12 seconds rather than 4 seconds. Also they can now play whilst stationary. They play all day every day from may till october. When my DD was a young baby she couldn't nap in the day as the vans going past blaring out their tunes would wake her up! ( I don't think they were keeping to the 4 second rule either) http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/shortcuts

2. giving my children sugar if I can help it so its really annoying when I can't leave the house without an ice cream van being nearby.

3. That the ice cream is terrible anyway! Maybe if they sold good ice cream or frozen yogurt or something healthier it would be more acceptable. But the sugary terrible ice cream they sell is awful.

The only bright spot is that I told my DD that when the music plays it means they have runout of ice cream so if they are playing for longer... not sure how long she will believe that for though.

I would love to hear what other parents think.

all the best
sbear.

gillywillywoo Fri 12-Jul-13 20:30:25

YABU

Bye bye currently eating icecream grin

WorraLiberty Fri 12-Jul-13 20:34:00

YABU

You're the parent, it's up to you to moderate how much ice cream your child does or doesn't eat.

As for the noise, it's something we've all survived and will continue to do so.

EauRouge Fri 12-Jul-13 20:35:21

I don't mind most ice cream vans but there is one that plays his chime so loudly it drowns out the conversation in my sitting room. This might be the year that I finally murder him.

DawnOfTheDee Fri 12-Jul-13 20:35:50

The summer grinch is here! Everyone back indoors! Stop having fun this instant! grin

olivo Fri 12-Jul-13 20:35:54

YABU! I lurve the sound of ice cream vans; some days I might buy something for the DCs, sometimes I don't. You can still like but not buy!

Wabbitty Fri 12-Jul-13 20:36:22

YABU. I hate the 4 second ruling - makes it sound very unfinished (makes me feel like Sheldon did when Amy was training him)

Mama1980 Fri 12-Jul-13 20:36:24

Yabu I love the ice cream van! grin

PatsyAndEddy Fri 12-Jul-13 20:36:41

Bah humbug

BlackeyedSusan Fri 12-Jul-13 20:39:37

will yuo bloody shut up about ice cream vans and sugary ice cream

<wails> now I want a lovely, sugary ice cream....

which of course implies that yanbu.

Bowlersarm Fri 12-Jul-13 20:40:45

YABU

Blissful memories of childhood.........

Sirzy Fri 12-Jul-13 20:42:30

YABU.

There are a million and one more annoying noises, at least the ice cream van doesn't last for long.

If you don't want to buy ice cream don't. Your the parent say NO.

A balanced diet has some foods which aren't 'good' for you anyway, the occasional ice cream as part of a balanced diet isn't going to do anyone any harm.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Fri 12-Jul-13 20:43:25

Dear fucking god, you are a misery!

I requested that the local ice-cream van come down my cull de sac as they never did and i LOVE ice cream from vans looks forward to festival tomorrow where i can eat as many as I like. I resent paying far more for an ice lolly than I can get them at the supermarket - but then I don't buy those as I already have a freezer full of them grin
As for the noise, how else am i supposed to know that he is there?

carabos Fri 12-Jul-13 20:45:02

YABU. They can only play their jingle once every two hours in the same street. 4 secs or 12 secs, once every two hours during daylight hours at most isnt a nuisance in my world.

flipchart Fri 12-Jul-13 20:45:53

YABU

When the ice cream van comes around by us the conversation goes like this.
Mum can we have an ice cream please?

and I say 'yeah, go on then. pass my purse. or 'no, not tonight love.'

End of conversation.

I hate that stupid lie you have told your DD that the ice cream has run out.

The tune doesn't annoy me, i hum along to it!

GameSetAndMatch Fri 12-Jul-13 20:47:10

Im with you OP because:

the fumes from the exhausts of the vans that drone on and on. (hate stationary vehicles leaving engines on)

ice cream sellers not washing their hands (I remember someone on another thread about this one) and touching/scratching/blowing nose (Im so obsessed with hygiene as it is).

I used to love them as a child but with food standards and things Im surprised the health people dont come down on sellers more.

(same with mobile burger bars and things).

and no, i dont like summer!!

Alibabaandthe40nappies Fri 12-Jul-13 20:56:18

Game without summer there would be no Wimbledon! shock

decaffwithcream Fri 12-Jul-13 20:59:22

YABU. And insensitive. Some of us live in countries which are being threatened with a national ice cream shortage due to the rarity of a heat wave.

YABU. In fact, the law has just changed to allow them to play their tunes for longer.

It's not compulsory to buy anything. I have never bought DS an ice cream from a van. I just point out how much more delicious the ones at home are, and he waits.

The one point I agree with you on is the emissions. I think the regulations should be stricter.

onedev Fri 12-Jul-13 21:02:59

YABU

HappyDoll Fri 12-Jul-13 21:03:02

YABU
1. 12 seconds of noise pollution...dear lord however do you cope?
2. If you don't like giving your children sugar, don't. No-one is forcing you to give your children ice cream just because it's nearby. No is an actual word you know.
3. Again, no-one is force feeding you the delicious crappy ice cream. Just say no?

GameSetAndMatch Fri 12-Jul-13 21:03:25

Alibaba- ONLY good thing about summer is Wimbledon!!!

even so, at least if its cloudy! or nice cool breeze!

and back to original subject (cos we tennis fans could go on and on about ti grin, I prefer buying icecream from the supermarket and making up cones and sundaes at home!

SofaKing Fri 12-Jul-13 21:04:58

Yabu.

Our local ice cream van is, I am almost certain, just for laundering drug money. That means they only turn up infrequently, most memorably at 8 pm on a soaking November evening.

I'd be so glad if we had a van that turned up reliably in the summer because it was a legitimate business!

newestbridearound Fri 12-Jul-13 21:05:34

YABU

I love hearing the ice cream van, it always makes me feel like summer has arrived and reminds me of treats as a child. It wouldn't be the same without the tune.

DoItTooJulia Fri 12-Jul-13 21:08:30

Frozen yoghurt is full of sugar!

Cheer up OP!

The only thing I'm disappointed about is that our ice cream van has changed its tune this year from "Colonel Bogey" to "O Sole Mio". Shame...

RedToothBrush Fri 12-Jul-13 21:10:57

HAahahaha this is funny. I was home early from work this week and was very amused by the local ice cream van. It wasn't parked next to the school.

Nope, it was just down the road - at the point where virtually all the paths from the school converge. The majority of children who walk home have to walk past it. Its also in a pretty discreet spot where all the chelsea tractor drivers parents picking up the kids don't pass.

I thought, smart van driver.

OP, if you are proposing a no-go zone around schools how far do you think it should be from the school, and do you REALLY think this is a solution. The other place I see kids hanging about on their way home from school round here, is the fish and chip shop. Which is a good mile or so from the school.

Perhaps, if you are so obsessed by all the poor little obese children, you'd like to give your masterplan to save them some proper thought. And maybe do something worthwhile like food education in moderation rather than bans which then create the 'forbidden fruit' to children.

And lets face it, what do children and particularly teenagers like to do? Rebel? Or do what they aren't 'allowed' to do.

In the meantime, have a 99 with flake. Oh and don't forget the raspberry sauce and sprinkles.

orangeandemons Fri 12-Jul-13 21:12:39

Oh no, I lurrrve ice cream vans! I like to sing a long to the tune. It makes me remember the unbearable excitement of them coming round when I was little. The mad rush to find money before it went away.

Yum yum, ice cream van ice cream is the best. We don't have enough vans round our end.

Wbdn28 Fri 12-Jul-13 21:14:29

biscuit

FairyThunderthighs Fri 12-Jul-13 21:15:02

YABU and a misery. There is an ice cream outside my son's school, AND one that stops right outside our house.

"When the ice cream van comes around by us the conversation goes like this.
Mum can we have an ice cream please?

and I say 'yeah, go on then. pass my purse. or 'no, not tonight love.'

End of conversation."
^^That, really. Although my boy does like to pull back the curtain and "watch" the one in our road, even if he has already had one from outside school. So people probably think he's awfully deprived and has to get his ice cream goodness from fumes and imagination...

raisah Fri 12-Jul-13 21:15:18

My kids have worked out that as soon as CBeebies bedtime hour starts it it time for the ice cream van! Bloody crafty ice cream van man. Oh well I suppose someone has to eat the ice cream in the freezer while they eat the vile stuff from the van!

Emilythornesbff Fri 12-Jul-13 21:16:22

We don't have one near us sad

GameSetAndMatch Fri 12-Jul-13 21:16:27

I do agree with the posters saying its up to the parents how much ice-cream to give the kids, plus a rare treat, but ill stand by my hygeine/emissions thing!!

I suppose fish and chip shops, greggs, and sweet shops are also on the list then?

our local ICV comes down road at 10 at night! ? I mean- 10 at night? why?

RedToothBrush Fri 12-Jul-13 21:22:48

gamesetandmatch, you don't live near me do you.

This week is the first time I've seen the van this summer...

...the only other time I ever see it, is when it comes round our estate at 8pm. In October and November!

YABU & a grumpy mare to boot wink

I've never bought my DCs an icecream from van, NO is a complete sentance & I give them a lolly out of my freezer instead grin [ice cream]

(think we need a new summer emoticon)

bigbluebus Fri 12-Jul-13 21:24:34

The van that comes around here always comes just before Saturday lunchtime. When DS was small he used to ask for one, and occasionally I would let him, other times I would say "No, you won't eat your lunch".

Now he is older, he has realised that better ice creams are available elsewhere, and doesn't bother when he hears the music playing.

I remember the ice cream van always parked right outside my middle school at hometime when I was a child. Don't remember any obese children in my school. It is not the ice cream van that makes children fat.

DaddyPigsMistress Fri 12-Jul-13 21:26:38

Yabu
Best thing from the van is a witches hat, Mr Whippy with a rocket lolly stuck in it.

Yum

peggyundercrackers Fri 12-Jul-13 21:30:04

this has to be a wind up?

you sound like an old stick in the mud - you are unreasonable.

sbear Fri 12-Jul-13 22:15:15

I just want to say in my defence I have NEVER actually bought my daughter an ice cream from a van. I do make that choice and say no. I make my own ice cream which is healthier and yummie and which she loves.
So you all think I am being unreasonable but we have 5 ice cream vans here all competing. how many are outside your house? prob not that many.

OH WELL...

sbear Fri 12-Jul-13 22:18:34

re fish and chip shops etc, our council has a rule about how far fast food shops can be from a school. But not ice cream vans.

notnowbernard Fri 12-Jul-13 22:20:06

I'd love my own ice cream van

I've seriously thought about jacking in my (grown up and stressful responsible job) to spend a bit of inheritance (thanks lovely gt auntiegrin) buying one

Am sure you can make a mint with one

I'm only half joking... DP thinks I'm mental

PatsyAndEddy Fri 12-Jul-13 22:33:54

Cos they'll be selling smack or e's GameSetAndMatch

WestieMamma Fri 12-Jul-13 22:56:00

I would like to see the ice-cream van banned from my street but only because his chime is the most sinister version of Teddy Bear's Picnic I've ever heard. Freaks me out every time.

FredFredGeorge Fri 12-Jul-13 23:00:54

If they're playing the tunes it means they've run out of ice creams anyway right?

catkind Fri 12-Jul-13 23:16:09

SofaKing, we have an extremely regular 8pm winter ice cream van. We thought they might be selling drugs - how does the money laundering thing work? Right pain when we're trying to get kids to sleep anyway. Can only assume it goes off to somewhere else to sell actual ice cream in summer.

YABU.

There aren't enough ice cream vans. Particularly Mr Whippy ones. There were fuckloads of them when I was pregnant and couldn't eat them. Two years later I have seen ONE. And that ONCE I offered the baby ONE lick, and he scarfed the whole bloody thing.

<bitter>

Lukat Fri 12-Jul-13 23:21:29

Get a bleedin grip woman....

WilsonFrickett Fri 12-Jul-13 23:21:47

God I would blardy love an ice cream can to pull up RIGHT NOW and I wouldn't even care if they woke DS up. <am melting>

Have a biscuit OP and just imagine its actually a slider.

cheeseandchive Fri 12-Jul-13 23:29:21

The ice-cream vans round our way sell crack.

If obesity is your biggest worry, count yourself lucky.

Travelledtheworld Fri 12-Jul-13 23:38:16

There is an ice van outside my daughters selective Grammar school every lunchtime, does a roaring trade. Not sure i old expect it. Be banned but would expect a swoop by the drugs squad.

Travelledtheworld Fri 12-Jul-13 23:39:04

Sorry " would expect it to be banned ".

ThoughtfulSilence Fri 12-Jul-13 23:41:40

Ours comes at 7pm each night, every time I have to tell the DC who have just gone to bed that no, they can't have one and I have to resist the temptation to scoff a Magnum or two.

They should be banned I tell you, banned!

madamginger Sat 13-Jul-13 00:00:18

I'd like to ban the one outside our school. It parks round a blind corner on white lines on a dropped curb. Its a fucking menace and one day a child is going to be hit by a car.
He only stays about 10 minutes after the bell and then legs it up to the local park before the same kids get there.
The one that comes down our street can stay though, his 99s are yummy.

Funghoul Sat 13-Jul-13 00:28:32

Love the one that parks outside my mums house. We all watch intently, trying to be the first one to spot him handing the drugs over grin

cornypony Sat 13-Jul-13 00:34:47

surely ice cream vans selling drugs is an urban myth

MidniteScribbler Sat 13-Jul-13 00:35:23

Some people are determined to suck all the fun out of life.

landofmakebelieve Sat 13-Jul-13 00:41:01

YABU. Just ignore the ice cream van tone in future if you don't want to listen it.
Just because it's sending out its "buy me" message, doesn't mean you HAVE to.
Just say no every once in a while. It won't traumatize them.
(This coming from a parent of two small children.)

landofmakebelieve Sat 13-Jul-13 00:42:38

Love the one that parks outside my mums house. We all watch intently, trying to be the first one to spot him handing the drugs over grin

where the **k do you live?!

Gosh your like the Scrooge of summer!

All very well only giving you child tofu and honey suckle leaves but lighten up a bit!

You know, you're under no obligation to buy it? confused

We're living on a ghost estate, the ice cream van comes here just for my children. If I don't have the money or they've had too many treats already they run out and say no thanks. No biggie.

As for the music.... Are you the type of person who winges about Christmas songs at Christmas too? It's ice cream van music... The sound of summer!

FirstStopCafe Sat 13-Jul-13 03:17:04

YABU I love ice cream vans

thornrose Sat 13-Jul-13 03:47:51

I love ice cream vans but I do think that parking outside school is not on.

Tired, hungry children begging for ice cream at the end of every school day is a bit wearing. Especially when "everyone else has one though"!

Burmobasher Sat 13-Jul-13 04:46:15

We have a van come down our road everyday and it still gives me a tingle of excitement. What sort of a joyless world do you want us to live in?
Yabu, go treat yourself to a 99 with raspberry sauce and all the sprinkles. It might cheer you up!

PatsyAndEddy Sat 13-Jul-13 05:49:08

Absolutely not an urban myth. Spend 30 seconds on Google.

isitsnowingyet Sat 13-Jul-13 05:58:44

Can you send your ice cream van down our way - we don't get one!! shock and would like one shock - erm without the drugs, just the ice cream would do.

Buzzardbird Sat 13-Jul-13 06:03:05

Definitely not an urban myth for my old school friend who is currently eating porridge at the queens pleasure...had a lovely big fleet of vans he did.

Whothefuckfarted Sat 13-Jul-13 08:54:48

YABU.

RedHelenB Sat 13-Jul-13 09:02:03

YABU!

fledtoscotland Sat 13-Jul-13 10:04:36

I love the ice cream van apart from it comes at 5pm so DC want I've cream and then don't eat their meal. If it can't round at 3pm I would be much happier

Pagwatch Sat 13-Jul-13 10:21:33

I love ice cream vans
The one that parks outside DDs school is part of the joy of summer.
On the last day of schooling bought her a cone that was nearly the size of her head.

If a child's diet is generally fantastic then a treat becomes what it ought to be - a lovely thing.
If your child is overweight it will not be because an ice cream van parks outside your school.

I was gutted we missed the van at the park yesterday. Just because it's there, doesn't mean you have to buy one.

I thought you were just being PFB at the start but now I see you are insufferably smug with it. If it makes you happier OP, just give your child homemade organic low sugar icecream with freerange unicorn sparkles.

By the time you have the second, they will both be having a McFlurry now and then.

Remotecontrolduck Sat 13-Jul-13 10:33:34

We have one almost permanently parked near us! (We live by a minor touristy landmark) I love it grin

YABU. Have you listened to yourself? Is this really such a massive worry for you? It's a non issue, say no if you don't want to buy one and move on!

cerealqueen Sat 13-Jul-13 10:38:53

YAVBU - and a dementor, sucking the joy out of life.

I bet you also complained about the milkman who whistled in the morning and has now been banned from whistling!!

SueDoku Sat 13-Jul-13 12:45:36

OP I'm with you all the way about the noise...! Every ice-cream van that comes into the road where I live pulls up opposite my house. In my living room I can't hear the television, hold a conversation or talk on the phone (there is always 'Where's that ice-cream van?' in an amazed tone from whoever I'm talking to, as it sounds as if the van's in my living room angry)

In summer, a van pulls up approx every half an hour, from about 10am to 8pm. It is really, REALLY irritating, and the only thing that's made it bearable up to now is knowing that they have to turn the chimes off soon (although a lot of them finish the whole song, stationary or not, before they do so). And now this sodding Government has given them free rein to play continuously - Give me strength..!!

If anyone sees a woman attacking an ice-cream van with a hammer, it'll probably be me......smile - this is a menacing smile...!

PatsyAndEddy Sat 13-Jul-13 12:51:33

Do government really discuss and legislate on such pressing issues as the length of a jingle?

mrsjay Sat 13-Jul-13 12:58:28

YABU say no see how that works it is not an ice cream van man fault if parents get all uppity and dont know how to say no to the children, ice cream and sweeties are not crack you know

If you ban them from anywhere near a school AND all built up areas, where do you think they are going to go to find customers??

TheOriginalSteamingNit Sat 13-Jul-13 13:12:51

YABU, and a big misery!

OHforDUCKScake Sat 13-Jul-13 13:53:38

YANBU.

I have no problem with vans or their music. What I have a massive problem with, is it coming round at 7pm on the dot every night just as Ive managed to get my kids to sleep. It stops outside the window and goes past twice with the music blaring which is SO loud.

Fucking ice cream van. angry

Emilythornesbff Sat 13-Jul-13 14:29:28

Wow! Ice cream van.
In my street.
Hurrah!

sheridand Sat 13-Jul-13 16:01:38

Imagine my life. 2 kids, 5 and 6. On picking up from school, Frank, who is not really Frank but Milo, is parked up servicing loads of kids outside school with tasty overpriced ice creams. 25 minutes later, he is also outside, bang outside, my front door, servicing all the kids on my street.

Now, either my life is one long "I WANT AN ICE CREAM!" or I step on it. I stepped on it. I say, sometimes, "no, not even when you ask again 25 minutes later", or "Maybe when we get home, IF you walk nicely!" ( and sometimes, for this, Frank, I LOVE you, this bribe works. It's a LONG walk, 2.5 miles), and sometimes, I say, "heck, it's Friday, it's never really sunny that much, have two!".

Point is, it's his living. No, it's not that healthy, but hey, they have healthy breakfasts, lunches and teas, and it's not every night. Kids need to learn "no" and Frank provides me with that opportunity. Plus, he's better than the "not Frank" of evil Blue van round our way, whose ice creams are vile.

It's Summer. Live with it.

And they can play their tinkles for longer now, too!

SoleSource Sat 13-Jul-13 17:00:13

YABU because I love the exhaust fumes. Mmm

GameSetAndMatch Sat 13-Jul-13 18:35:53

Government dont mind loud jingly jangly noise as ICVs dont park on their exclusive marbled driveways 5 miles from a main road thats not near any schools or estates!

Or on the private road that is number 10.

ComposHat Sat 13-Jul-13 18:56:13

if you don't want her to have ice cream why not get her something else from the ice cresm van? Buy her a a healthy wrap of speed or some lovely skunk weed.

Hassled Sat 13-Jul-13 18:59:42

grin Compos

The window of opportunity to see an ice cream van, listen to it playing "I'm Popeye the Sailor Man", have a 99 and enjoy it is SO tiny - you only really have a few years where you can do this stuff. You have the rest of your life to eat bloody frozen yoghurt. Buy her a 99.

notallytuts Sat 13-Jul-13 19:08:47

yabu i wish it would come down my street, we currently dont have a freezer

allcatsaregrey Sat 13-Jul-13 19:45:54

Ours plays the tune from the A team. He comes round the estate about 3 time a day and he also sells dog food. Where I used to live the ice cream man got shot!

KobayashiMaru Sat 13-Jul-13 20:46:06

You want to ban something you don't even use? Bloody hell.

MyBaby1day Wed 17-Jul-13 02:19:11

YABU, I LOVE ice-cream vans, it reminds me that summer is here! smile. I have a syndrome and can't eat a lot but manage to get the powder stuff down and it's upto you what your DD eats and what you allow, no-one is forcing you to go to it. Agree with you about the healthier option should be available though but not the tune!! la la la.

I remember when I was about 8 or 9 getting an ice cream from the van that came down our street, there was a photocopied poster in the window of a fleet of ice cream vans that had been the victims of an arson attack. The poster was appealing for information. I remember thinking what a terrible thing to do, and the photo was actually really sinister. I still gets chills thinking about it!

My DS aged 2.6 had his first ever ice cream from an ice cream can this week. Actually it was a wrapped lemonade ice lolly - no worries about dirty hands (not that this sort of thing would bother me too much anyway for the 5 seconds the seller is touching the cone or whatever). They are overpriced, yes, the lolly was £1 for a bit of frozen water, but I was glad he enjoyed it as he's too busy running rings around me having fun to drink a lot of water during the day. In this heat, an ice cream van could save your child's life! grin

Seriously, the best thing was watching his little face light up as he heard the music (had no clue what it meant of course), then as he got to pick out which ice cream he wanted and the man handed it to him he was so thrilled. I couldn't deny him that.

So, OP, YABU!

CouncilOfLadies Wed 17-Jul-13 07:46:12

YABU.

Ice cream vans, kids and summer go together like, er, jelly and ice cream.

Watch this and have a laugh.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPanR-d0Ltw

ElleMcFearsome Wed 17-Jul-13 07:54:46

That's a FABULOUS suit Eddie's wearing! Also haven't heard that ditty for some years grin

CouncilOfLadies Wed 17-Jul-13 07:59:53

It is very fetching. Only someone as brash as Eddie could pull off a red leather disco suit.

I don't get why you want them banned?

You have never bought your PFB an ice cream, you make your own.

And as yours is apparently so much nicer, what on earth are you worrying about?

YANBU to be annoyed with it.

YABU to want them banned. You irritation should be directed at society's general negligence when it comes to children and food.

There is an ice cream van that does the rounds in my neighbourhood, and it sits outside my house for five bloody minutes at a time playing its little jingle.

I don't mind the jingle: it's the lethal gloop I don't like. I sometimes feel I am trying to fight off a barrage of biscuits, crisps, sausage rolls and other crap that people perversely think it is cruel to deny children on a daily basis. If it's not the ice cream van, it's junk at other people houses, or it's the dodgy Friday sausages at school filled with fell meats, or it's - I kid you not - the crisp sandwiches at after-school care, or it's bread and marg covered with cake sprinkles.

Grrr.

MiaowTheCat Wed 17-Jul-13 09:13:47

Oh God - you're the ringleader of the NIMBYs who want the coffee van man banned from our local park (he does proper espressos and stuff - none of this instant shite too and is a valuable asset to dog walking/standing watching kids in the playground bit) aren't you?

Seriously - the council are looking at stopping this guy "on health grounds" - but are happy to have two ice cream vans permanently there.

As for the jingles - so what? Van comes down our street - jingles once (and normally parks outside our house as well so max annoyance potential) and then chugs off on his merry non-jingly way.

Don't make the rest of the world suffer cos you don't want to say no to your kids.

This is what I think of ice-cream vans.

I wonder if a recording of Robert Helpman would get round the 4-second rule, as it technically wouldn't be a jingle.

trapezegirl Wed 17-Jul-13 10:17:43

You sound thoroughly miserable. Do you put humbugs in the ice cream you make by any chance?

Flobbadobs Wed 17-Jul-13 10:41:13

Ours stops right outside our house! He also does a stint outside school then moves to strategic places around the local park. His wife runs the other van which covers the other end of the village and local nature reserve. They also hire the vans out to parties and village festivals grin Their business sense is something to be admired I think, they even did a Christmas Eve run selling mince pies, the line ran the whole length of the street just because it was so funny having the van parked there covered in tinsel!

Arabesque Wed 17-Jul-13 10:53:27

The sounds of Summer in the suburbs:

Lawnmowers, kids playing, ice cream vans.

YABU.

AllThatGlistens Wed 17-Jul-13 10:59:05

The only thing wrong with our lovely ice cream van is that it doesn't get to our road until around 8pm- ish, usually when my DC are settling to bed!

I'll have a 99 with nuts and strawberry sauce please grin

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