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Food truck 'gypsy' comment sets off war of tweets

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Las Vegas food truck Fukuburger took a council member's "gypsy" comments to heart. It is now calling for that councilman's ouster. (Twitter: @fukuburger) Las Vegas food truck Fukuburger took a council member's "gypsy" comments to heart. It is now calling for that councilman's ouster. (Twitter: @fukuburger)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

A Las Vegas food truck is embracing, so to speak, what one city councilman said regarding the roving businesses.

On the subject of instituting a 300-foot buffer zone between food trucks and local restaurants, Las Vegas Councilman Bob Coffin, who is spearheading the proposed effort, addressed the mobile businesses as "gypsies."

"These are gypsies," he told FOX5 on Wednesday. "And we love them. They should fly around and service people where there is a need."

On the heels of the comment, the Fukuburger food truck changed its display name on Twitter to "FukuburgerGypsyTruck" while launching a campaign to vote down a possible ballot initiative on the buffer zone.

"[Ward 3 residents], [Bob Coffin] is your City rep. He thinks food trucks are ‘gypsies' and basically want them out of LVCity. 800ft buffer zone? Is this 2012 or 1912? Is he representing your vote?" a tweet from Fukuburger said.

The war of words stems from a proposed ordinance that would restrict mobile food businesses from entering a zone around restaurants.

Some restaurants are concerned that the roving businesses take away customers.

A city council committee determined a 300-foot buffer be proposed for this ordinance. Coffin was on record to recommend an 800-foot zone.

Coffin and other city leaders, though, say they are not aiming to shut down food truck businesses completely.

The City Council is scheduled to look at the proposal and possibly vote on it on Aug. 15.

What do you think about the issue? Do you think there should be a buffer zone between food trucks and restaurants?

You can weigh-in on the issue on The Rant at FOX5Vegas.com or on Facebook.

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