Who's your daddy The mobile van giving unsure fathers DNA paternity tests on the streets of New York
14:35 GMT, 16 August 2012
16:17 GMT, 16 August 2012
A new RV truck cruising the streets of New York has caused shock and awe from the city's unassuming pedestrians.
Parked on a regular street in Manhattan's Lower East Side, the blue and brown truck, labelled Who's Your daddy, is selling DNA paternity tests to men.
The truck's owner and driver, Jared Rosenthal, who operates it for Health Street, charges fathers $299 to $575 for on-site piece of mind that their child is really theirs.
Who's your daddy The truck charging fathers $299 to $575 for on-site piece of mind that their child is really theirs
Mr Rosenthal, who takes the samples and offers customers the choice of having their results delivered in
person or by mail, told the New York Post yesterday: 'It’s heartbreak hotel. It’s really, really tough sometimes.'
'It’s just drama, a lot of drama. You see a man come in with a baby. You see them together and you just hope that he’s the father,' he added.
While some have labelled the van 'creepy', a poll by Identigene, a Utah firm that sells DNA paternity tests, reveals that 12per cent of men and ten per cent of women say they have personally been in a situation where paternity testing was 'appropriate,' according to Msnbc.com.
Testing to go: The truck's driver can coordinate where the vehicle will be on any given day to facilitate customers who can't get to him
One in five randomly polled adults admitted to knowing at least one family member or friend who needed to confirm that they were a child’s father.
Mr Rosenthal said: 'I had one woman get six kids DNA tested once, Something about the RV makes it more intimate and people open up. It makes it easier for them.
DNA tester: The truck's owner and driver, Jared Rosenthal, offers customers the choice of having the results delivered in person or by mail
'I get a lot of military requests [to test kids]. I think when they’re away, they want the assurance,' he added.
A 44-year-old Harlem man who said he knew of the “Who's Your Daddy” RV from driving around the city, used the mobile van to confirm his long-lost daughter, a 20-year-old woman from Ohio, was really his after she contacted him on Facebook.
The man, who is married with three other children, said he realized the van was where he needed to go, because 'that
question had been running through my head,' he said.
Her arranged for the young woman to come to New York and they both took the test – within three days, they learned they were father and daughter.
Mr Rosenthal said: 'I coordinated where the vehicle would be that day and I picked her up and took her over.'