June 12, 2008, - 3:58 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Some of my fondest memories as a kid, hanging out with my Dad, are when we’d meet up with the neighborhood ice cream truck, during the hot summer, and he’d buy me one of my favorites: The Bomb Pop–red, white, and blue, it was patriotic, yummy, and cool on a hot day. And as you know, the only way to know the truck is coming is to hear its music.
But not in Dearbornistan Heights. The city, which is rapidly being taken over by extremist Shi’ite Muslims–I’ve noted the election of Hezbollah Judge David Turfe to the Dearborn Heights District Court and the presence of Ayatollah Khomeini agent and accolyte Mohammed Ali Elahi‘s mosque within the city limits.
And these Muslims–who don’t like American culture and want to shut it, and all American-style fun, down–have now succeeded in getting Dearborn Heights police to enforce old, never enforced noise rules to keep ice cream trucks out.
Thanks to Islamo-Fascists . . .
In a dying Michigan economy, this behavior is an outrage. But, hey, Islam trumps everything in their world, which now solidly includes a growing chunk of the Dearborn/Dearborn Heights/Canton/Detroit area. The PC press-coverage doesn’t note that Muslims are behind it. But they are. Until they took over this city, which neighbors Dearbornistan, ice cream trucks never had a problem.
It’s interesting that the Muslim call to prayer, which blares from five in the morning to ten or eleven at night and preaches the supremacy of Mohammed, does not constitute noise pollution to these people. But ice cream trucks, that’s the problem. Say good-bye, America:
In Dearborn Heights, after complaints from anonymous residents, city leaders are looking to silence the ice cream man, saying the nursery rhymes from trucks are too noisy.
On Tuesday, the City Council is expected to adopt an ordinance that will allow ice cream vendors to ring bells only while they are selling their goods. . . .
Cities want the trucks to lower the volume of the incessant noise, but it is rarely enforced. Meanwhile, ice cream vendors, whose trucks play everything from nursery rhymes to hip-hop to “Hail to the Victors,” said the music is needed to promote sales.
“Everyone knows the ice cream truck plays music,” said Dominic Amato, 19, an ice cream truck vendor who services Dearborn Heights. “I don’t know what to think of it, but it’s going to be hard to sell ice cream. You’re just going to be driving down the streets and the kids won’t hear you coming. I’m going to have to watch what I’m doing. It’s just not worth it.”
In Dearborn Heights, city leaders claim the change in the ordinance is not an attack on vendors because loud music was outlawed anyway. The law, which doesn’t address ice cream trucks, said vendors cannot draw attention “by use of horn, bell, whistle or other apparatus.” . . .
Nick Glennon, 15, can’t help thinking the city is taking away a right of passage for children.
“It’s always kind of funny when all of the little kids are running for the ice cream truck,” Glennon said. “They aren’t going to be able to sell jack if you can hardly hear the truck.”
The ice cream divide has been going on at least a year, said Tina Eismann, owner of All American Super Hero Ice Cream in Romulus. Eismann said her drivers had several run-ins with the Dearborn Heights police, who frequently pulled them over. The drivers beat the tickets in court, but one driver has quit because of the hassle.
“I don’t think it’s fair at all. They would pick and choose who they decided to pull over,” Eismann said. “How can you market your product if you can’t play music? It’s a familiar sound. It’s more frustrating for my drivers. They are good, hardworking people who are trying to make a living.” . . .
Fred Mehrpay, one of the owners of Meadowbrook Ice Cream Co. in Rochester Hills, says Dearborn Heights’ ordinance is nothing new, but said it’s an inconvenience for his drivers. Rochester Hills has had a similar ordinance on the books for years, so his drivers use bells.
“A lot of these (laws) are old and have been around for a while,” Mehrpay said. “(But) they really don’t enforce it because it really doesn’t make sense. How are they going to sell ice cream if people don’t know they are in the area? It would be an inconvenience for a vendor if they aren’t used to using bells.”
Lawrence Klemczak, 67, took it all in stride. “They make a lot of noise, but kids like ice cream,” Klemczak, who lives on Gulley street, which splits Dearborn and Dearborn Heights.
And they call the NFL, the “No Fun League.” Please. There is already a No Fun League. It’s been around for a few centuries. It’s called Islam.