San Francisco’s Museum Of Ice Cream In Hot Water

The Museum of Ice Cream in San Francisco has a big problem made up of a lot of little things, and the city wants that problem fixed quickly.

By nowproducerdave on March 22, 2018
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Have you been to the Museum of Ice Cream in San Francisco? You know that room with all the tiny sprinkles? Know how annoyed you were after finding them all over you for hours after leaving? Yeah, the city of San Francisco is annoyed too, and the Museum of Ice Cream is facing some fines for the sprinkles.

So, those sprinkles are actually made out of plastic, no they aren’t edible. But they also won’t dissolve, and they’re being tracked all over the place. The plastic sprinkles are found all over the sidewalks outside the museum, and they’re starting to wash down storm drains and are finding their way to bodies of water, like that one huge one to the west that separates us from Asia and Australia. So far, the museum has been cited twice for the sprinkles, and each citation has a fine of $250. That doesn’t seem bad, but that’s each violation, so unless the problem is solved quickly the number of citations will continue to increase.

Here’s the good news for the Museum of Ice Cream though – as long as they continue to find a way to prevent the sprinkles from being tracked all over Grant and Market St., they won’t have to actually pay the fine. A spokesperson for the museum, Devan Pucci says “We appreciate the feedback we have received from visitors and the Bay Area community and have made swift action to improve our sustainable efforts,” before adding that the Museum of Ice Cream has hired employees to actually “vacuum” the sidewalks around the museum, and they’re also “encouraging” people who are visiting the museum “to shake off the sprinkles before leaving.” Effective, probably. The museum is also trying to figure out how they can implement biodegradable sprinkles.

Here’s the sprinkles room – which features the sprinkles in a pool you can “swim” through:

Side story – over in Miami, Florida, another museum of the same opened up temporarily. They had the same problem there with the sprinkles, and actually got fined $5,000 for them. Ouch. Have you been to the museum in San Francisco? The sprinkles followed you everywhere too, didn’t they? Check out a little more on the story here.

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