An incident last week involving an ice cream truck driver at a school, that later turned out to be a false alarm, still has some parents asking, “What kind of people are selling ice cream in my neighborhood?”
Last week at Wheeler Elementary School in Millard, parents were notified that an ice cream truck driver, parked on school grounds, was offering students free ice cream in exchange for their addresses. The incident turned out to be a misunderstanding.
The company that owns the ice cream truck, Frosty Treats, says every one of their drivers is thoroughly checked before heading into neighborhoods.
A manager with the company told Channel 6 that before any driver is allowed to sell treats to children, they must have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record. They also must undergo and extensive background check as well as go through safety training offered by the company.
Management also says all drivers are told to never ask children’s names, take pictures or even get out of their truck. They are also told, instead of selling near schools when kids are getting out, wait until those kids are at home with their parents.
Jennifer Woolf, a mother of two, plans to support her local ice cream truck this summer and appreciates the safety measures that are in place.
“It’s a good thing for people to know that people who are coming out into the community, like the ice cream man, are people that should be safe for your kids to be around,” Woolf said.
The manager at Frosty Treats says the accusation at the Millard School was “totally made up.” He also says the driver who was accused has been one of their top sellers for the last three years and was “totally devastated” by the accusation.