Mr. Ding-A-Ling, Sno Cone Joe rivalry results in stalking, harassment arrests

Ice cream truck drivers face stalking charge

GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. - A rivalry between two ice cream trucks in upstate New York resulted in stalking and harassment charges against a man and his girlfriend.

Police in Gloversville, N.Y. said Sno Cone Joe is trying to chase Mr. Ding-A-Ling out of the market.

A Mr. Ding-A-Ling driver told police that one of the Sno Cone Joe drivers yelled, "This is my town."

Joshua Malatino, 34, and his girlfriend, Amanda Scott, 21, operate several Sno Cone Joe ice cream trucks.

Police said Malatino and Scott followed a Mr. Ding-A-Ling truck to where it stopped to sell ice cream, played music at high volume and yelled that they have free ice cream, hoping to draw customers from the rival truck.

"One of our officers actually witnessed one of the ice cream trucks following the other ice cream truck," Gloversville police Capt. John Sira told WTEN-TV in Albany, N.Y.

Investigators said Malatino told the rival driver that he controls the ice cream market in Gloversville.

Police said incidents happened on April 16, April 19 and April 28.

Malatino and Scott were arrested Tuesday night, after the owner of the Mr. Ding-A-Ling truck filed a complaint.

WTEN said Malatino told them that his girlfriend owns the business and that an attorney could answer questions, but calls were not returned.

"We have addressed issued similar to this with Mr. Malatino and his legal counsel, cautioning them against this type of behavior in the past," Sira said.

The owner of Mr. Ding-A-Ling had no comment.
 

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