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Ice cream trucks, nostalgic or nuisance?May 14, 2012 @ 7:48 pm (Updated: 4:28 am - 5/15/12 )
Gone are the days when I convinced my kids that ice cream trucks were just "music trucks" that rolled through neighborhoods to make people happy.
A few notes from "The Entertainer" play. Ba da da da, da da, da da.
Kids freeze. Is that? Yes! Clutching $2 they begin running down the block.
A 40 second loop of the song continues. Ba da da da da da da da da da.
Wait, it's coming from the other direction. Hurry, don't miss it.
Michael, Jacob and Emma sprint to a white jeep that's stopped on the corner. Their reward? A Spider-Man popsicle with gumball eyes, an Oreo ice cream bar, and a Drumstick.
The driver, Raheem, says he'll put on over 1,000 miles in Seattle this summer, cruising at a rate of four miles per hour.
While ice cream trucks make a lot of adults feel nostalgic, some think the vehicles blaring "Pop Goes the Weasel" and "Bicycle Built for Two" are roaming nuisances.
Pasco, Washington won't go soft on violations from the mobile ice cream vehicles. After getting "numerous complaints," the city council is looking to have the existing noise ordinance enforced.
"We always, this time of year, do a crack down on noise anyway. A lot of times it's boom boxes and cars, but this year we've decided to add ice cream trucks to our list," Pasco Police Chief Robert Metzger tells us, in an interview with KONA radio in the Tri-Cities.
That means the ice-cream vendor could be cited just the same as the owner of a loud car stereo. It will be up to code enforcement to issue any tickets.
How loud is too loud?
"A violation is, and it's pretty simple here in Pasco, if you can hear it 75 feet away it's too loud," says Metzger.
The Seattle ordinance that regulates food vending on city streets also applies to ice cream trucks. They are required to follow the city's noise ordinance, but otherwise there are no special restrictions for the pricey-tasty-treat delivering trucks.
By LINDA THOMAS
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