Ice cream mascot mistaken for Klansman

Rejoice Atlantans! The longtime reign of Whatizit as the world’s worst mascot has mercifully come to an end.

Florida drivers must not take eye exams.

Florida drivers must not take eye exams.

Unfortunately for the owners of a Florida ice cream shop, their mistake melted their business.

The problem? Motorists driving by the Ocala business are mistaking the white-hooded ice cream cone mascot for a Ku Klux Klan protester.

One woman was “so frightened by the white dollop patrolling the street corner that she called her husband crying and refused to drive through the intersection,” reports Ocala.com.

The store manager says she’d never heard of the KKK until rumors started swirling like chocolate syrup atop a 3-scoop parfait on a sunny day.

The fluffy white mascot, adorned with colored sprinkles atop a brown waffle cone torso, has been fired, but it may be too late. Monday, only employees were in the store.

“We’re a friendly environment, family-oriented,” owner Liza Diaz said. “We’re not (racist). We’re very friendly, very religious.”

38 comments Add your comment

Karen

September 27th, 2011
2:38 pm

Great caption! If they put more ice cream in the cone (so it was nicely rounded instead of ending in a pointy top), they wouldn’t have had this problem!

Cammi317

September 27th, 2011
3:11 pm

ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is hilarious! I guess I could see how they would think this at first glance. But upon a more discerning look, it is easy to tell that he is CLEARLY an ice cream cone.

David Duke

September 27th, 2011
3:22 pm

Ken’s Kool Kones might go out of business due to this P.R. disaster? What a nightmare!

Horsetoothed Jackass

September 27th, 2011
3:23 pm

Florida, slowly making Alabama and Mississippi look smarter…….

Eyes

September 27th, 2011
3:24 pm

I can see a driver pasisng by not sure if he saw what he think he saw. However, looks like an ice cream cone to me. Heck, his waffle like bottoms is a dead giveaway. No KKK man would be seen in brown.

What a difference a point and a round top can make!

jay

September 27th, 2011
3:31 pm

Yeah, but why does he only serve vanilla?

Alvapbuc

September 27th, 2011
3:34 pm

This is too funny!! Who’s going next? Smokey the Bear or the Michelin tire mascot? Florida people, get a life!!

What is the fat content?

September 27th, 2011
3:34 pm

Seriously, dude – ice cream does not discriminate

Dave in Marietta

September 27th, 2011
3:37 pm

This has been a big week for ice cream. First Ben & Jerry’s comes out with Schweddy Balls and now the KKK kone makes its debut. What could possibly be next?

bestUcan_do

September 27th, 2011
3:39 pm

Does this story or picture somehow imply the CONEHEADS and Klan are related? Well, im a 3rd generation removed kin of the cones.. and Ims so very offended by this double-dipped, swirled and soft serve story!!!

Costantino

September 27th, 2011
3:39 pm

“Ken’s Kool Kones” Now that is some funny Sh*t!!!

GA_Observer

September 27th, 2011
3:40 pm

their logo for fast service: crossed Popsicle sticks, on fire! Special this week: gingerbread man on a rope!

Mark

September 27th, 2011
3:53 pm

The fluffy white mascot, adorned with colored sprinkles atop a brown waffle cone torso, has been fired…in today’s economy stupidity cost this person a job.

Captain Midnight

September 27th, 2011
4:06 pm

Knee jerk cries of racism..Who’d have ever thought.

MoGA

September 27th, 2011
4:07 pm

According to little known historical sources, the KKK first started out with waffle cone body covers to go along with their white, pointy hats. They soon realized that instead of causing fear, they made people crave a delicious, cool treat. They then realized they needed to change direction.

SLAPAjacket

September 27th, 2011
4:11 pm

Whoever saw a klansman out of this costume needs to stop driving and get their eyes checked. Pathetic.

Marshall Stacks

September 27th, 2011
4:15 pm

Overheard at the next store meeting: “Liza, our market research shows that renaming the store to something like Tasty Treats would encourage customers to return. We’d like the mascot to suit up again and perhaps carry a large “T” to wave customers in. If it gets dark, perhaps the “T” could be set on fire to guide customers in to the store…”

Nana

September 27th, 2011
4:26 pm

Seriously? Give me a break!

Evansdawg

September 27th, 2011
4:27 pm

How many Klansman have sprinkles and black arms? Really????

duronimo

September 27th, 2011
4:33 pm

So the average citizen can’t distinguish between an ice cream cone and a klansman? That’s likely because the average citizen is taking multiple prescriptions drugs, drinking fluoride laced water and is hooked on chemical and hormone laden fast foods. OK, that was a joke. But here is some serious advice.. Look below the waist. If the object is wearing a “cone” it’s probability not a klansman.

joe in tucker

September 27th, 2011
4:35 pm

I’m just glad I’m not the hysterical woman’s husband!!!

TechRon

September 27th, 2011
4:39 pm

This lets me know very clearly that there are bigger idiots out there than I ever suspected. Crying at the sight of this costume? Good grief.

Marsavius

September 27th, 2011
5:14 pm

Poor guy in the tutti fruiti costume is probably lucky no one shot him.

George Mathis

September 27th, 2011
5:15 pm

Some of these comments are epic! Keep up the funny work people.

Sarah

September 27th, 2011
11:53 pm

To the idiot who wouldn’t drive through the intersection. Are you really that stupid or are you blind. And if you’re blind, how did you manage to get a drivers license. Please go on television and share your horror at seeing a waffle cone standing on a corner. And people wonder how this country could go down the crapper.

YankinBC

September 28th, 2011
12:52 am

This is why, dear people, teaching history is important. The quote from the Florida ice cream store manager saying he/she was unaware of the KKK is like going to Germany and asking a German about the Holocaust. I’m sure this would happen too sadly.

Randall "Tequila" Simmons

September 28th, 2011
7:09 am

I knew ice cream was racist. Most of it’s white.

Sheila

September 28th, 2011
7:42 am

I think that these people are just plain STUPID. Really? Give me a Freaking break people. Get OVER IT ALREADY. It’s a freaking Ice Cream. Drop the whole “racist card” it’s old and tiring.

Ward

September 28th, 2011
9:37 am

I wonder how many of the offended people also vote Democatic, the party of the Kan, segregation, and slavery.

Milli

September 28th, 2011
10:20 am

Come on! He doesn’t look at all like a Klansman. His face is not covered and since when do Klansmen accessorize their hoods with sprinkles? Really, people!

Grace

September 28th, 2011
1:18 pm

Really?? Uh… you could not tell from the brown bottom half (the cone) and the sprinkles on thehat top that it was an ice cream cone. Come on people do you not now know your history and know what a KKK outfit looks like? Please! Give me a break!

Blake SMith

September 30th, 2011
7:56 am

Lesson learned? Ice-cream mascots should be chocolate.

J

October 3rd, 2011
9:00 am

Just looking for something else to call racist…

atl

October 3rd, 2011
3:49 pm

that is hilarious story!!!!…lol!!

Dan

October 4th, 2011
7:24 am

I do not believe the female driver was afraid to drive through the intersection. Nor do I believe she was that afraid. I think she was outraged and put the fear out as a claim to victimhood. What an absurd reaction.

Jane Cunningham

October 6th, 2011
5:38 pm

they should make him strawberry

Me

October 10th, 2011
3:40 pm

If the KKK uniform included a wffle cone, maybe they wouldn’t have been as scary or have been taken seriously. Hmmm. Too bad we can’t go back in time and change someone’s mind about their original outfits.