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On September 9, 1989, The Glasgow Herald reported that while serving ice cream in a van, an 18-year-old was shot in the shoulder and permanently disabled by a 23-year-old ice cream gang member, who felt so guilty he attempted suicide over the incident. In 1986 one ice cream van was robbed by two young men with “a plastic bag of two revolvers in it”; they planned to “damage ice-cream vans in Castlemilk,” a district of Glasgow.

By 1984, the violence had graduated to murder. Ice cream man Andrew “Batboy” Doyle infringed on someone else’s territory, and allegedly refused to back away or sell merchandise for the dominant gang’s vans. Another van company began intimidation tactics against Doyle. When the standard glass-breaking and threats didn’t drive him away, they started a fire at his house that ended in the deaths of Doyle and five members of his family, including an infant.

The police and public response to these murders were frantic, and the ice cream wars became central to one of Scotland’s most notorious miscarriages of justice. –Atlas Obscura

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about warring retailers.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the feelings that the ice cream truck song creates in you.

Art Prompt: Ice Cream Truck

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of the Ice Cream Truck Wars and give them some lessons that we can learn from it.

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