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Ice cream wars erupt in Blackburn Lancashire – Video

by | 10th, June 2012

THE Ice Cream wars (insert joke about Cold War here) are back as battles commences in Blackburn, Lancashire. Sugary foods pusher Zeheer Ramzan – Mr Whippy of Blackburn – has smashed the window of Mr Softy enabler Mohammed Mulla – Mr Yummy of Tubzee in Halifax – on Palatine Road. Mulla then thinks it a good idea to drive his van into the back of Ramzan’s mobile shop.

Says Ahmed Chaka, 16:

“My little sister came out to grab an ice cream and that’s when it all just kicked off. One of the ice cream men was saying come and buy it from me, ‘I’ll sell it cheaper’. That’s when the trouble started. They were swearing and everything. My little sister was upset. To be honest it all seemed very silly.”

John Tighe, 55, adds:

“It all came down to a turf war. One was offering four, two scoop cones with a flake for £2 and the other said he would do them all for 10p cheaper. I couldn’t believe it when Mr Yummy jumped out of his van and smashed Mr Whippy’s window, you just don’t expect that around here. The language they were using was very poor, especially as their chimes were going off and children were watching. If my children were still young I would definitely think twice about letting them go to the ice cream man alone now.” 

Says Mr Mohammed ‘Yummy’ Mulla, 42:

“I have been established in Blackburn for 12 years and I am really popular with my customers. Over the last few months, this Mr Yummy, has been following me around, chiming outside the allotted times and muscling in on my patch. I don’t sell powdered ice cream. We sell nothing but diary ice cream. I have complained to the council and the police. Hopefully now people will listen.”

Mr ‘Whippy’ Ramzan, 32, counters:

“I come all the way from Halifax just to make a living. I have tried to be reasonable and come up with a compromise but Mr Whippy is having none of it. This has been going on for months. Wherever I go in Blackburn he follows me. Surely the town is big enough for us both. On Saturday, I just felt threatened and at the end of my tether. I didn’t mean to smash his window I just tapped it too hard.”

Ding-a-ling a-ling a-ling… Second scoops. Round 2…

Spotter: Lancashire Telegraph



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