During every vending season one major topic of discussion is that of job title. Specifically; are ice cream truck drivers vendors or solicitors? What’s the difference and who cares anyway?
Well the truth is, the The United States Department of Labor cares. According to the Department of Labor, and the office of Administrative Law Judges, in the Dictionary of Occupational Definitions, job titles and descriptions have been defined in order to “assist.. with the most current and accurate occupational information possible.” (The United State’s Secretary of Labor).
The United States Department of Labor defines and differentiates vending and soliciting as follows:
291 VENDING AND DOOR-TO-DOOR SELLING OCCUPATIONS (DOL definitions page)
This group includes occupations concerned with hawking and selling merchandise or services on street, door to door, or at amusement and recreational facilities, such as sports arenas and nightclubs, using basket, pushcart, horse and wagon, stand, carrying case, or truck to carry merchandise.
Sells merchandise, such as fruit, vegetables, flowers, or ice cream, on streets or from door to door, usually using basket, pushcart, or truck to carry products. May attract attention by playing chimes or chanting song. May be designated according to product sold as Ice-Cream Vendor (retail trade); Vegetable Vendor (retail trade).
293 SOLICITORS (DOL definitions page)
This group includes occupations concerned with encouraging individuals to join, contribute to, or otherwise participate in activities or causes, such as joining clubs or organizations, contributing money or time to charitable causes, or donating blood.
So a name (or in this case a title) does matter. And more importantly, it matters to The United State’s Department of Labor. Now that we’ve clarified the discussion, lets all have a wonderful summer. Be sure to enjoy a cool frosty treat this summer from The Ice Cream Wagon.