September 28th, 2011
08:30 PM ET

Ice cream cone or Ku Klux Klan member?

A Florida shop had to scrap its ice cream cone mascot because passers-by thought it looked like a man dressed in a Ku Klux Klan outfit.

"We were just trying to get people to come in," store employee Jasmine Gonzalez told CNN affiliate WTSP. "We thought it was something fun for people, but eventually people took it the wrong way."

The Ice Cream Family Corner and Sandwiches shop opened a few months ago in Ocala. The owners hired a man to stand outside the shop dressed in a vanilla  ice cream cone costume to attract business.

At first store owners told WTSP they had no idea the outfit was upsetting passers-by,  but then they noticed a drop in business, and began to wonder what was impacting their sales.

Eventually, Gonzalez said they were tipped off that people were avoiding the shop, because they thought the peaked cap was not an ice cream cone costume, but a KKK robe. The mascot was immediately pulled off the street.

Some customers told WTSP they could understand the confusion, while others laughed at the ordeal.

"They (KKK members) don't color themselves (with sprinkles) like that," Wayne Austin chuckled to WTSP as he looked at the costume.

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  1. RabiaDiluvio

    They should have gone with strawberry.

    September 29, 2011 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
    • vicki753

      That's funny, reminds me of back in the early 80's I dressed my 2 year old son as a "conehead' for Halloween and it had the same effect! Totally innocent but understandable!

      September 29, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. hello...

    The link between Hitler and ice cream cones have never been proven. 😀

    September 29, 2011 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      the link lies within the ice cream sprinkle factor

      September 29, 2011 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. JoeProfet

    The poor KKK probably have people thinking they sell ice cream now whenever they rally! LOL

    September 29, 2011 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. Anon

    Idiots... idiots... idiots...

    September 29, 2011 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. bigwilliestyles


    September 29, 2011 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. bigwilliestyles

    White People: Thou doth protest too vehemently...

    September 29, 2011 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Benny

      You are obviously and clearly a racist willy. Please feel free to go back to the "Homeland" if you are so unsatisfied. Germany or Africa, your choice. Although I suspect you'd choose the second. I'll even pay the one way ticket. Heck. I'd imagine that ALL Americans would gladly give to a fund to ship ALL racist pigs such as yourself to your "Homeland" of choice.

      September 29, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |

    How utterly stupid. Leave it to a bunch of morons to think an ice cream cone is racist.

    September 29, 2011 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Lean6

      Yes. You are a wise person. That's exactly what the article says. People think ice cream cones are racist. (sarc)

      September 29, 2011 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. Belarius Marek

    Wow. People are stupid. Did no one notice the cone? PC America has gone completely off the deep end.

    September 29, 2011 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Lean6

      We often take samples of background/sceneries in this world, giving only the amount of time something is worth relative to our important lives. What you have is a study in how there was no double suspension of disbelief in a great many passersby...meaning that maybe it was totally believable for a guy to be trying to sell ice cream in this town while wearing a K K K outfit. You brain decodes raw data from your eyes and recognition combines that raw data with prior experience. You can call it PC, but it's true. Then again, solicitors annoy me, and I would pass the shop even if knew he was a cone!

      September 29, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  9. StevenmP

    My hope is the chocolate-vanilla twist cone can 'just get along.' Last thing we need are flavor-based tensions in the dairy confectionery industry.

    September 29, 2011 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  10. Guest

    The Florida education system deserves an award for this

    September 29, 2011 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      "You can't see who's in cahoots/ Cause now the KKK/ Wears three-piece suits,"

      September 29, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. brian163

    Well be thankful for the little things... at least business didn't INCREASE for KKK cones.

    September 29, 2011 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bunnicula

    Black people rage that this stuff happens, and then when white people try to let it be known that it's unacceptable to them, you say they're protesting to much. What is it you, bigwilliestyles, want? Methinks you like to white bash with the best of them.

    September 29, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. Charles

    I'm more afraid of the people dressed in Arabian Attire than guys decked out in white gowns with matching masks

    September 29, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  14. Charlie

    Really? That costume has a cone and sprinkles on it. Do people even know what the Ku Klux Klan's outfit looks like?

    September 29, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  15. bobcat2u.

    Oh no !!! It's the dreaded Ku Klux Kone

    September 29, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
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