Ice cream truck vandalized, owners harassed in Minneapolis for being immigrants

The mother and daughter have been supported by Mayor Jacob Frey.
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A mother who set up her own ice cream truck business in Minneapolis along with her daughter says they were harassed and her truck damaged because they're immigrants.

Single mother-of-four Rosa Chunchi was selling ice creams at a park in northeast Minneapolis on Aug. 1 with her youngest daughter Gina, 13, when they were harassed by an individual who asked if they were undocumented and were told to leave the park.

When they refused, the harasser slashed one of the tires on their truck and made threats against their safety.

But help was nearby in the form of Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, who was biking in the area and was called over to talk to them. He has since helped them launch a GoFundMe campaign to get the money they need to fix the damage to their truck and cover their loss of earnings while it was off the road.

Speaking to KARE 11, Mayor Frey said: "I thought it was incumbent on me and whoever else was around to say, one, this is not right and two, we can do something about it."

According to the GoFundMe page, Chunchi immigrated to the United States in 1993, fleeing her native Ecuador because of domestic violence, and in 1996 moved to Minneapolis, working jobs with long hours to support her family.

In May this year, she started her own ice cream truck business, giving her more flexible hours that allowed her more time to be with her family.

She has been helped with this by her 13-year-old daughter Gina, who is a student at Columbia Heights Academy, and the pair have been working together all summer until the unfortunate incident two weeks ago.

The GoFundMe campaign has so far raised $2,610 as of Tuesday morning, with the money being used to cover the cost of the tire, the towing service they had to hire to move the truck, and the lost income from not being able to work, which they say cost them $100-$200 a day.

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