They scream for ice cream: Why furious Park Slope parents want to ban frozen treat vendors from the park
19:35 GMT, 2 April 2012
The sprawling borough of Brooklyn is well known for its rich and vibrant community but in Park Slope it is the politically correct, granola-crunching parents who make the rules.
The latest topic of debate to emerge on discussion boards of the area that sits comfortably on the west side of Prospect Park, centres around a rather cool issue: whether to allow ice cream in the park's playgrounds.
According to the New York Post, parenting forums are abuzz with messages from outraged purists angered by ice cream vendors and the uncontrollable excitement they cause among children pining for the forbidden frozen treats.
Enjoy it while it lasts! Some parents in Park Slope are frustrated by the presence of illegal ice cream vendors who tempt children with their icy treats
Alarmed by the high rates of obesity and diabetes among children in the city, one mother named Sarah posted: 'Along with the first truly beautiful day of the year, my son and I had our first ruined day at the playground.
'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.'
Another sympathetic parent agreed responding: 'I should not have to fight with my children every warm day on the playground just so someone can make a living!'
But their frustration has been criticised as being 'obnoxious' and 'crazy' by those who believe that some Park Slop parents are too opinionated and should just learn how to say 'no' to their children.
While such a debate may be seen by some as a predictable cliche, according to another Park Sloper who spoke to MailOnline confidentially, the discussion actually originated as a concern about whether the vendors were licensed.
Laughing about the way the story has been blown out of proportion she said: 'I say, when its 98 degrees out, all I want is an icy-cold treat. My daughter doesn't really give a rat's a** if the vendor has a license or not!'
But another father, who asked not to be identified, said the perplexing issue is the way the illegals sellers target the children.
'They’re a real nuisance,' he told MailOnline. 'They aggressively sell their stuff in the middle of the playground, often when the kids have run out of sight of their parents. The children then become agitated if their parents say no.'
He added: 'I once had to tell a woman who was selling ice cream from a cart to stay away from my daughter as I felt she was being too pushy. It’s fine to sell ice cream in the park but they shouldn’t be allowed into the playground to whip the kids into a frenzy.
'It’s the parents who have to deal with the fall-out.'