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Brooklyn Parents Want to Ban the Ice Cream Man

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Residents of the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY know that spring is around the corner when ice cream carts start popping up in the area’s Prospect Park.

But according to a number of Park Slope parents, this time-honored tradition is causing them a special kind of ice cream headache. 

A mother named Sarah explained why she dreads the carts in a post she left on a neighborhood discussion board.

Along with the first truly beautiful day of the year, my son and I had our first ruined day at the playground,” she writes. “Two different people came into the actual playground with ice cream/Italian ice push carts. I was able to avoid it for a little while but eventually I left with a crying 4-year-old.”

Sarah is part of a movement to ban ice cream vendors from approaching the playground areas of Prospect Park. While some Park Slope parents dismiss the anti-ice cream group as whiners who can’t control their children, it seems to have a good deal of support in the community.

What do you think? Given that there is a childhood obesity crisis, should we reassess the free reign ice cream carts and trucks have to aggressively push their products to kids? Or should parents just control their rugrats?

[via NBC New York]

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