Ice Cream Man Fined, Told To Turn Down Volume In Methuen

By Diana Perez, WBZ-TV

METHUEN (CBS) – Gilbert Harb has been behind the wheel of his ice cream truck for four years handing out little frozen bits of summer everywhere he goes.

But last month he got an icy welcome at Rangers Stadium for the Methuen High School graduation.

“He pulled in right before the ceremony was to start; disrupted the assembly,’ says Methuen Police Captain Randy Haggar.

“He was loud, really loud.” Capt. Haggar says it’s not the first time, last year Harb got a warning. “It’s not our goal to go out to issue someone a fine the first time around. This is after numerous dealings multiple verbal warnings,” said Haggar

WBZ-TV’s Diana Perez reports

Three days later Gilbert found a $100 fine in his mailbox for being too noisy. He says he’s being singled out and plans to fight the fine in court.

Capt. Haggar says there’s a simple solution, just turn it down. “The issue here is not selling ice cream in our city, the issue is noise and noise is a quality of life issue,” said Haggar.

But Gilbert wants to know, without music how he could keep kids coming back for more. “I’m not going to stick my head out the window and scream ‘ice cream’ all day,” said Harb.

Frequent truck follower and avid ice cream fan, nine-year-old Yara Turkmani is on Gilbert’s side and says police should just cool it. “He’s just making a living so I think he shouldn’t get a ticket,” said Turkmani. “If the police don’t care about his job well they should just mind their own bees-wax!”

Gilbert’s solution is less frosty; he says he’ll just keep it down in Methuen.

  • Dave_D

    So glad that the police in Methuen have nothing better to do. The cute little girl towards the end of the piece says it all.!

    • Yara

      I’m yara from the news and I love icecream so deal with it

  • Garry Burke

    At least the cops weren’t on detail on dead end Street.

  • emom

    I dont mind the icecream trucks, BUT do they have to play POP GOES THE WEASEL, or have those anoying tunes that sound tinny., SOme are great but some are like nails on a chalk board,,,, JUST saying.

  • Callahan

    Lets fine the ice cream man but not the obnoxious teens driving with the stereo so loud that the doors are shaking while they are texting and talking on the phone. I am surpised the cops would fine the ice cream man considering they are some of his best customers!

    • Willow

      Callahan, I agree. I’ve had to hold my hands over my ears at a stop light because the noise from the car in front of me or in back of me is blasting their stereo so loud that it actually hurts my ears. Where are the fines for these fine folks? That kind of noise really frosts me.

  • Mike

    If you have been warned and you didn’t listen then you should be willing to accept the fine and whine about it.

    PS: if you want to let peeople know where you are and when you are gong to be there set up a twitter account and post a tweet when you are about to leave one neighborhood for an other

  • Matt Souza

    It is stupid that the ice cream man is being fine. I am 18 and i use to and still do like the ice cream. If people start complaining about the music the kids will not know its coming . This is pathetic.

  • taxedout

    This is the best these cops got???? How’s the crime rate in Methuen????

  • eddwal50

    fight crime dont censor the icecreamman

  • mark

    how about the noise from motorcycles? The tickets issued in the last ten years by ALL municipal police depts in Mass. is less than 100. If the cops in Mass. can refute this bring it on!! I am constantly disturbed at 2 or 3 in the morning by motorcycles at 100+ decibels. Hey cops,cut the b.s. and take these aholes off the road.If you don’t ,people like me will have zero respect for the law!!

  • blackbear1

    Nice of posters to simplify this and blame the police. This man should be able to sell ice cream, of course. But if he is disturbing a graduation, he is pushing the envelope and trying to create a situation. He is beginning to build a little history for himself. O yes, he is being singled out. By the way try to go to court and fight the motorcycle “lobby” re: tickets issued for exhaust noise. The MC lobby wins every time. This is very difficult. The police respond to calls and complaints from citizens in incidents like this vendor. Don’t be simple and give in to him, this is what he wants.

    • Dave_D

      Well, blackbear, it is that simple. The cops are the ones who gave the ice cream man the ticket. Poor guy wasn’t trying to “create a situation”, he was trying to earn a living. Bad cops should expect bad publicity.


    You people that complain about noise from motorcycles, ice cream trucks, kids stereos , lawnmowers, airplanes, trains , ect .Find yourself a hobby and get out of your dam house every once in a while . Enjoy life before you DIE MISERABLE AND ALONE !!! BUNCH OF GRUMPY OLD LOSERS !!!

  • Becky

    The sound of an icecream truck brings back memories of a simpler and innocent time- our childhood. Have people lost touch of this? I feel sorry for people who can’t see past the “noise” of an icecream truck- and yes, the police should be focusing on bigger and better things.

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