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nailak Mon 19-Sep-11 18:24:13

the ice cream van is always parked outside my dd4's school at home time, i say always but i mean 3 to 4 times a week, it is already a mad rush to get in and out of the gates and dd2 crying for ice cream and trying to lie down in the road, and the queue for ice cream on a small street with 100s of kids trying to squeeze past (as the van stops right outside the gate just before the zigzag lines start) doesnt help congestion and tempers.

do you think the school could do anything about this? wibu to ask them?

Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Mon 19-Sep-11 18:26:28

We have that, too, at DS's school. Drives me nute. You would not be unreasonable to ask the school to do something about it. Fortunately DS has stopped asking me for an ice-cream - he is nearly 7 so it is a bit easier in that respect.

Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Mon 19-Sep-11 18:27:41

nute??? nuts more likely!

LaurieFairyCake Mon 19-Sep-11 18:29:02

If he's legally parked and not on the zigzags I'm not sure why you have an issue with it confused

He's just trying to make a living - and clearly some people want him there or he would leave as he wouldn't be selling anything.

I realise it's hard to say No but sounds like you're handling it fine smile

yousankmybattleship Mon 19-Sep-11 18:32:36

I don't see how you can object. He is earning a living and has chosen a very sensible spot to make a bit of money. You have said he is parked legally so the school would have no reason to object either. If there is such a huge queue you are obviously in the minority to see it as a problem so I would keep quiet if I were you.

nailak Mon 19-Sep-11 18:34:51

if he could park round the corner it would definitely ease congestion? im talking about 5 m away from gates rather then 1m away?

what about that healthy school stuff?

yousankmybattleship Mon 19-Sep-11 18:39:11

Healthy doesn't mean never having a treat! If he parks further away he'll sell less. Why should he? He is only making a living and there are obvioulsy plenty of parents happy to buy from him.

iwantavuvezela Mon 19-Sep-11 18:39:15

Drives me insane as well (not at school but always at areas of high traffic with children - i guess we have children at the age when it is just a struggle to have to explain NO each time ) So I have bought those lolly holders, freeze juice and always say to DD that she can have a lolly at home ....... buys her silence most of the time ....and i know that she is mostly having frozen juice or youghurt or whatever i have frozen!

LaurieFairyCake Mon 19-Sep-11 18:41:23

'healthy school stuff' - that's in school - this guys outside.

your problem is with the parents not moving so you can get past, not the ice cream guy.

PotteringAlong Mon 19-Sep-11 18:45:48

We had this at the school I work at and parents are often asking us to 'do something about it'.

BUT the reality is that schools have no juristriction outside the school gates. It's not up to them who parks where / does what / sells what, which is why we can ask parents not to park right outside but can't enforce it.

You'll have to contact the council if it worries you that much.

nailak Mon 19-Sep-11 18:57:33

thank you for your input,

it doesnt worry me that much, just a nuisance id rather be without tbh.

but now i know the school cant do anything, i'll just have to put up with it!!

Riveninabingle Mon 19-Sep-11 18:59:43

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nailak Mon 19-Sep-11 19:24:51

yes but kids are more interested in icecream van then road

yellowsubmarine41 Mon 19-Sep-11 19:27:39

This happens at the schools near us too. I object less to the one parked on a side street than the one on a busy road.

I would mention it to the school, on road traffic safety grounds. It's creating an unnecessary hazard in an accident 'hot spot' so should be moved.

2BoysTooLoud Mon 19-Sep-11 19:55:03

Oh I know ice cream van people need to make a living and school is obvious location. Still bloody annoying and you will find some mums feel pressured by their kids to buy once a week. More fool them you may say but still ANNOYING!!

Riveninabingle Mon 19-Sep-11 19:59:16

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Riveninabingle Mon 19-Sep-11 20:00:07

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Rosa Mon 19-Sep-11 20:02:29

Chart on fridge . If she doesn't ask / lie on floor have a tantrum for 20 days ( or whatever) then she can have one...... Or even better she can have an ice cream at home and decorate it herself with sweets ( probably cheaper)

bibbitybobbityhat Mon 19-Sep-11 20:03:37

I think an icecream once a week is a lovely idea.

nailak Mon 19-Sep-11 21:54:59

tbh its not my kids that worry me, its the older unsupervised ones, it is not a major issue, just irritatin, crowded, and stressful even if dd is not cryin, the crush is stressful with pushchair, dd3 and dd4

kat2504 Tue 20-Sep-11 09:57:26

The school can't do anything about it if he is not parked on school property. If he is on the public road and not on the zigzags he is perfectly allowed to be there and the school have absolutely no say over it.

If you think his parking is a safety hazard you should report it to the council as they may be able to do something about it. But I think it's unlikely and probably ice cream vans have parked outside schools since ice cream vans were invented!

sprogger Tue 20-Sep-11 10:02:42

I'm stunned at how many of you are telling the OP to lump it.

This is just like supermarkets lining the check-out aisles with sweets in a bid to get tired parents to crack and give into pester power. It's a well known and researched retailing strategy - NO parents is so tough they won't eventually crack and say yes. And I'm amazed how many of you are happy to have your children's treats decided by a random ice cream van owner. (Face it, before he turned up did you actually decide that an ice cream after school would be your child's treat? Or did the pestering help you along to that decision?)

I'm perfectly fine with ice cream vans in parks, but right outside schools winds me up. Anyone who works hard to get my children pestering me so I'm constantly saying no, no, no every day because I'm giving them ice cream after dinner instead of before really gets my goat.

Ragwort Tue 20-Sep-11 10:08:06

I just don't understand why so many parents find it hard to say 'no' - it's no wonder there are so many spoiled brats around grin.

We have an ice cream van come round every night where we live, my DS just knows that we don't buy ice creams <meanmumemoticon> - to the extent when I once offered to treat him to one he said no as 'they are far too expensive' !

Riveninabingle Tue 20-Sep-11 10:10:17

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mnistooaddictive Tue 20-Sep-11 10:11:50

The school have no power to do anything, but lets face it, if all the parents stopped buying from him he would stop parking there. Don't blame the school, blame the man in the man and vote with your feet.

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