The sound of the ice cream truck is always an early herald of summer. It seems that just as the last of the snow has melted, the streets of towns across America are flooded with the sounds of “It’s a Small World” and “Do Your Ears Hang Low?” By May, upstate New York ice cream vendors Sno Kone Joe (né Joshua Malatino) and Philip Hollister, aka Mr. Ding-a-Ling, were already deep in a real Nutty Royale of a rivalry.
According to the Albany Times Union, 34-year-old Sno Kone Joe was been hellbent on driving Mr. Ding-a-Ling, 53, out of town. When Mr. Ding-a-Ling started selling ice cream on the mean streets of Gloversville, Malatino, with his 21-year-old girlfriend in tow, reportedly yelled taunts at him, telling him ”This is my town!” and ”You don’t have a chance!”
The two followed Ding-a-Ling around, playing their jingle loudly and trying to steal his customers with the promise of free ice cream. Malatino and his girlfriend were charged with harassment, a violation, and misdemeanor stalking.
Now it appears that things have gotten a little sticky for Mr. Ding-a-Ling himself. The ice cream man, who continued to sell his sweet treats in Gloversville after Malatino’s arrest, has been charged with DUI he reportedly almost plowed his truck into a police cruiser. According to police, Hollister’s BAC was 0.15.
With both Sno Kone Joe and Mr. Ding-a-Ling now busy with lawyers and court dates, the town of Gloversville may just be big enough for a third ice cream man.