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. someone

    Should have made the top more swirly to make the point.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. anita

    Not only does the costume look like a waffle cone, the guy in the costume does not even look white! He looks Hispanic or Black. Sooo I would not have thought KKK upon seeing him.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kevin

    One word in this says it all "Florida"

    September 28, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerk182


      September 28, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. lol

    Ku Klux Klan is an ice cream company. lol.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Coolrich

    Interesting fact, the kkk is the oldest terrorist organization in the history of America formed by confederate soldiers who did not want any part of the United States. Funny how they were opposed to the uniting of the states yet they stayed. They use to were sandbags on their heads with the eyes cut out then graduated to the white hoods with the eyes cut out. At least black panthers are brave enough to show their faces unlike the cowardly kkk who hide behind masks. I'm proud to be white and if I believed in something I would not hide my face out of shame.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Were the Panthers brave when they were fleeing to other countries?

      September 28, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      Come on....Black People are not afraid to show their faces because they all look alike.

      September 29, 2011 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. kylesan

    Why are people so stupid?

    September 28, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. WOT

    The KKK are people, who had their own ideas as to how life should be! At least they hid behind a sheet, not like today's race hatters! Up side down cone!

    September 28, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • ace

      good job defending a murderous, domestic terrorist organization...boy are you sicko!

      September 29, 2011 at 3:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. Sunny D

    This is hilarious. At first glance I can see why people though that (I would have, too), but as the guy in the article said, the thing is covered in sprinkles. Plus I'm pretty sure the bottom half of the costume is a cone. Funny, funny, funny.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    Funniest stroy on CNN since the Darth Vader bank robber. Did they ever catch that guy?

    September 28, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. tokencode

    I really think the KKK should add the sprinkles though. Everything is better with sprikles, even bigots.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Laurie

    I see the "I didn't understand the ballot despite all the arrows" state has not gotten any smarter. All old people and minorities, what do you expect?

    September 28, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Laurie

    Oh, and by the way, it's "passers by" not "passer byers"

    September 28, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Atlas Scruggs

    Well, when you've got race/class/gender evangelicals constantly barraging the American populace about racism being an invisible, yet ever-present malevolent force in this country, you're going to have that same populace hallucinating an ice-cream-costume-clad man being a member of the KKK. Congradulations, lefites, you've thrown this country into the bottomless abyss of stupidity.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. haha

    If they can't figure out how to vote you can't expect Florida residents to tell the difference between an ice cream cone and a KKK member.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bbare89

    Vanilla Power! Chocolate Ice cream been raping our women for years! Anyone who makes a vanilla/chocolate swirl is a sinner in the eyes of the lord! Vanilla Power!

    September 28, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • mer

      this story coupled with your post made my day!

      September 29, 2011 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
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