Nice Weather Brings Ice Cream Truck Turf War in NY
(CNN) — A battle is brewing between rival ice cream truck drivers in an upstate New York neighborhood.
Out of a job, Philip Hollister decided to start selling frozen desserts for Mr. Ding-a-Ling to earn cold cash for his family.
“I figured I could be self-employed doing this and knowing a lot of kids in the neighborhood being here a number of years, I could maybe, possibly help my family pay some bills and take some pressure off my wife,” says Hollister.
Starting with his first day on the job, there was no good humor.
Hollister says he was followed by the owners of competing ice cream truck, Sno Cone Joe, blasting their music and shouting free ice cream to potential customers.
“If I have someone behind me blaring their music and offering free ice cream, it’s a little ridiculous,” Hollister adds.
At times, he also claims the other truck got aggressive, claiming they control the ice cream market in Gloversville, N.Y.
“The driver of the other truck, Sno Cone Joe, followed me to the left, followed me to the right.”
Hollister went to the police over his concerns it could put his young customers at risk.
Police arrested Sno Cone Joe owners 21-year-old Amanda Scott and 34-year-old Josh Malatino for harassment and stalking, and it’s not the first time this issue has allegedly come up.
Hollister notes, “It’s been an ongoing issue with other vendors that have been trying to sell ice cream in goversville. I never planned on this happening. I just wanted to try and help my family out, make a few bucks, have fun and put some smiles on children’s faces. It’s unfortunate that it came to this.”