With scorching heat plaguing New Yorkers this week, ice cream sure sounds good, but the sound of the ice cream truck rounding the corner turned out to be a cruel prank on a Queens boulevard.
Twitter user, Chelsea Hassler, tweeted video on Sunday of a LinkNYC kiosk near her Long Island City apartment blasting a creepy, slowed-down version of the recognizable tune that tells children sweet treats are near.
Hassler said the ice cream jingle was playing on all of the LinkNYC kiosks on Vernon Boulevard between 47th and 50th Avenues earlier this week.
This isn't the first time LinkNYC towers have seemed to be possessed by the ghost of Mister Softee.
New Yorkers have reported hearing the music coming from the kiosks in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens over the past few months.
NY1 reached out to LinkNYC and officals claimed it wasn't the work of hackers. They said, people are dialing a number that for some odd reason, plays the jingle, and they leave it on speaker. Since the first crop of these prank calls, LinkNYC has blocked the number, and added an automatic 10-minute hang-up feature.
Officials pointed out that out of the 460,000 free calls made from LinkNYC’s phone app every month, the most dialed number is the customer service line for the New York State Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.
In a statement, they said, "We hope New Yorkers will allow their neighbors to access Links for these important services and not continue to misuse them for pranks.”
NY1 asked for the alleged number that plays the jingle. LinkNYC has not provided it.