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Heat Has Chilling Effect On The Ice Cream Man

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IRVING (CBSDFW.COM) – It’s an unmistakable sound. The sound of music blaring from a truck that teases you with your favorite flavors. Moustapha Diop seems to know why. “You just see it and say, wow! It’s there and you go get it.”

Diop runs an ice cream truck business in Irving. He has plenty of trucks and plenty of drivers. What he seems to be lacking lately, is plenty of customers. “This heat is not the best for business,” Diop said while shaking his head.

Summer days and ice cream typically go hand in hand. But when it’s blistering hot outside, it’s no secret that most people stay indoors. “Outside is very hot. It’s not fun to be out,” Diop agreed.

With day after day of 100 degree temperatures, it’s hard to find children riding bikes on the street or playing in parks. The Irving ice cream man says fall and winter are his peak seasons because the beautiful days and cool nights bring out his customers. “Ice cream is associated with fun. When it’s nice outside, everybody is jubilant, happy and running. Your customers are out there.”

Diop says he survives the hot summers by catering to pool parties and pre-schools. But most important, he knows that every summer has to end some time.

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