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. MOra

    nothing to say about the latin looking guy that was inside the K-cone.since when klansman are Mexican looking.people are too stupid. And the woman crying not wanting to g through that intersection! probably will sue for pain and aguish.

    September 29, 2011 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. john

    How is this news....

    September 29, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. Thomas

    This is yet another example of how racism still plagues this country, people need to stop pulling the racist card on every little thing! Maybe Abraham Lincoln had it right "My first impulse would be to free all the slaves, and send them to Liberia, to their own native land."

    September 29, 2011 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Busted

      Wow, it is the bigots like yourself who are getting scared. If you don't like being called a racist, stop acting like one

      September 29, 2011 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
    • DAISHI

      Just... wow.

      September 29, 2011 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
    • DAISHI

      Maybe we should all just leave the country and go back to our respective ethnic homelands. Of course I'll have to divide myself into portions and send a bit to a view countries.

      September 29, 2011 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. rub

    I WANT MY 4mins back !

    rub out

    September 29, 2011 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. Super-D

    I didn't realize that the KKK had updated their uniforms to include exposed faces and WAFFLE CONES!

    September 29, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mad Hatter

    ROFLMAO!!!!!! Thanks for the laugh. Too funny!!!!!

    September 29, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. Terry H

    People are just stupid is all I can say about this. It just goes to show that people have never seen a KKK outfit. The bottom half had a waffle cone pattern. Again all I can say it that people are just stupid.

    September 29, 2011 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. Terry H

    The KKK do not stand on the corner waving at people. That would have been the first thing would have told me he was not a representative for the clan. They don't have sprinkles on them either, people are sooooooooo stupid.

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

    As a b lack man. Only a ignorant reta rded Ni gg would mistake that...

    Sorry... just b lack complaining thinking they got their lotto lawsuit. Klan man looks like a cone with sprinkles.

    September 29, 2011 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
    • JG

      Thank you, that's what I'm sayin.

      September 29, 2011 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. Rudedog

    One is an ice cream cone the other one is a pinhead, one sells ice cream the other sells hate.
    What will you have?

    September 29, 2011 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  11. MysticalMan

    Why, thank you CNN for reporting such important news.

    September 29, 2011 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. Arrrrgh

    Unfortunantly they changed to a Charlie Chaplin look alike in a "ice cream cone" brown suit with a red and black licorice armband and business feel off even futher.......

    September 29, 2011 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  13. JG

    My god people are flipping stupid.

    September 29, 2011 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. Idea

    Why not make it a chocolate Ice cream cone? No one would make that mistake again

    September 29, 2011 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
    • dsavio


      September 29, 2011 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  15. PencilNeckGeek

    And no store employee had the sense to say "you know, that does look a little like a KKK costume" before the guy went outside????

    September 29, 2011 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
    • dsavio

      Are you kidding me???

      September 29, 2011 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
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