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Checking up on Ice Cream Truck drivers

GLOVERSVILLE - The bout for ice cream truck supremacy in Gloversville is over.  And when the bell dinged, it was Mr. Ding-a-ling by a knockout.

“We're just selling ice cream.”

Brian Collis is the franchise holder for Mr. Ding-a-ling in the area.  He and driver Phillip Hollister still find it hard to believe the kind of cold war, if you will, that was waged by rival Sno-Cone-Joe.

“It’s come to the point where the harassment was just way too much overwhelming,” says Hollister.

Gloversville police say Sno Cone Joe operators Joshua Malatino and Amanda Scott face harassment and stalking charges after chasing down their competition, yelling at Hollister and his customers, and telling Hollis that they "own this town".

Now, the city has chosen not to renew Snow Cone Joe's license to operate, which expires tomorrow.

 A quick check with some local municipalities discovered that applications for vendor or peddler permits, the ones required to operate an ice cream truck, include a background check and can even include fingerprinting and a check of the sex offender registry.  However, that's only for the initial application.  Subsequent applications (permits typically last up to a year) are not always as thorough.  It varies city by city.