PHILADELPHIA, PA – First-term Philadelphia City Councilwoman-at-Large Helen Gym has a lot to contend with. A broken school system. A ballooning pension crisis. Rampant poverty. And … a racist food truck?
Wheely Wheely Good is a popular University City food truck that serves hot pots, spring rolls, and rice balls to hungry Drexel students and faculty on 33rd Street. Since the truck’s debut in March, Wheely Wheely Good has turned up at Night Market on more than one occasion — you’ll find it at Thursday’s Navy Yard Night Market — and enjoys its share of catering work.
It was at a recent catering gig for Greene Towne Montessori School in Center City that the owners of the truck encountered the Democratic legislator, seen here, who wasn’t a big fan.
“She approached our truck while we were working and started to argue with my partner and me,” recalls Wheely Wheely Good co-owner Alanna Li. “She told us, ‘Your truck’s name is super-racist.’ She used those words.”
Li went on to explain that Gym also took umbrage at the Asian caricatures painted on the truck, as well as the typeface used in the design.
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