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Yamyoid Wed 01-May-13 20:04:11

Aibu to be pissed off about the ice cream van parking right outside the school gates?
Would it bu to complain to the council?

NotSoNervous Wed 01-May-13 20:05:20

YABU you don't need to buy one and there are plenty of people that do

SantanaLopez Wed 01-May-13 20:05:59

YABU you don't have to buy from them.

It's been done for years anyway.

MissyMooandherBeaverofSteel Wed 01-May-13 20:06:34

Would you complain if there was a shop across the road from the school?

SkinnybitchWannabe Wed 01-May-13 20:07:30

Theres always one outside my 2ds school. They have only ever asked for once ince and I simply said no.

TidyDancer Wed 01-May-13 20:07:40

Complain on what grounds?!

Samu2 Wed 01-May-13 20:08:06

We had an ice cream van, well sweets van, parked outside my kids school and the school and council couldn't do anything.

The teachers were pissed so they wrote letters home to all parents begging them not to buy anything from there so he will leave. They were really concerned about the unhealthy message it sends out to children and all the queues they were getting from the high-schoolers coming across.

Everyone boycotted it and he went within a week.. now he parks at the corner of my house instead.

A lot of parents complained so you are not the only one who has an issue with this.

AgentProvocateur Wed 01-May-13 20:08:29

Where else will the children but their single cigarettes from?

SodaStreamy Wed 01-May-13 20:10:15

Is it a harmless ice cream van or one that sells cigs and drugs?

Justforlaughs Wed 01-May-13 20:10:19

Providing that he is not causing an obstruction to children crossing the road then YABU to complain. You don't have to buy one (although I find it very difficult to walk past!) and you certainly don't have to buy your DC one (unless you have one yourself of course). My advice is to eat yours before you meet them wink

Yamyoid Wed 01-May-13 20:13:15

No, and there's a lovely traditional sweet shop just across the road but it's not so in-your-face. There's something about ice cream vans that makes kids want the stuff.
It's only been there a couple of days and it makes me the baddy because I'm saying ''no you can't have an ice cream", because dc's not having one every day.
I think lots of parents will back down for a quiet life. And I probably will on hot days, especially if his friends are having one.

anothershittynickname Wed 01-May-13 20:13:58

Sending out an unhealthy message? Really? It's an ice cream FFS!!

Are kids not allowed treats anymore?

Besides, you can say no you know!


Sirzy Wed 01-May-13 20:14:17

We had one park up on school grounds at lunch times when I was at secondary school!

Its quite simple, just say no and walk past if you don't want them to have something.

HollyBerryBush Wed 01-May-13 20:15:14

They are licenced an are designated 'pitches' by the council

KatyDid02 Wed 01-May-13 20:15:29

YABU. You can say no to buying an ice cream for your children and when you do want to it is convenient.

Yamyoid Wed 01-May-13 20:17:34

Boycotting is a good idea. Will see what happens. I won't complain to the council, I know that's a little unreasonable but it's a massive pain in the arse because of the whining I'll now have to put up with every night.
Actually, where it's parked does get in the way but not an obstruction as such.

scaevola Wed 01-May-13 20:17:38

"right outside the school gates"

Well, if it's in the "school keep clear" zone, causing some other obstruction, or making it hard for children to cross safely, then yes making a safety complaint (or just asking a traffic warden to stroll by at throwing out time) is definitely a good idea.

bollockstoit Wed 01-May-13 20:17:38

It will give you an opportunity to say no to your children. Try it!

ageofgrandillusion Wed 01-May-13 20:18:03

YABU. You don't have to buy one. Whatever happened to personal responsibility?

timidviper Wed 01-May-13 20:18:08

There was always an ice cream van near my DCs school and I think it's quite nice to have it there. The children get used to it and do not ask every day after a while.

I think you're being a bit of a killjoy tbh. Just say no if you don't want them to have it.

marjproops Wed 01-May-13 20:19:36

unhealthy- fumes protruding from the exhaust pipe, toddlers level.

person in van who prob has filthy hands touching cones.

kids crossing behind and not only inhaling fumes but cant see oncoming traffic.

Yamyoid Wed 01-May-13 20:21:34

That's good to know holly. But what about the ones that just drive round?

I'm quite surprised how many people think I'm bu. I wouldn't mind so much if it was parked a bit further away.

TigOldBitties Wed 01-May-13 20:22:36

Yabu. Had one outside my schools the entire time and same now for my dcs. We also have one that goes down our road every evening, March-September. Just say no or say only on x day.

My DC were normally into the sweets we had at home as I bought their favourites rather than just some random bits or ice cream.

Yamyoid Wed 01-May-13 20:24:26

hmm Bollocks. Of course.

MissyMooandherBeaverofSteel Wed 01-May-13 20:24:55

There is a sweet shop right across the road from the school? I don't see the difference between a sweet shop being there and an ice cream van being there tbh.

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