Candy van controversy
A former-Pilbarian has made headlines in America for painting “free candy” on a white van and driving through multiple States to get to the Burning Man Festival.
Ex Karratha-based worker Ron Jacobs bought the 2007 V8 Ford E350 for US$6000, painted the controversial slogan on the side and, true to his word, has handed out thousands of free candies to the public.
“Having a van is like having your own little portable room; it is perfect for what I am doing and so cheap,” he said.
“Also, Burning Man is all about giving, so I had to think ‘what am I going to give’
“Connect all these dots and free candy starts making a lot more sense. It just had to be completely over-the-top.”
Mr Jacobs said he put an American flag in the van so no one could be put at risk of being called un-American.
The trip has so far taken Mr Jacobs and his crew from Los Angeles to Sacramento, Reno and Santa Monica and has included multiple encounters with law enforcement.
There have been mixed reactions from the public and news crews, with many parents raising concer ns and others shouting out their support for the van.
“Because I was in what I call blackout mode, I only ever heard the story from other peoples’ mouths,” he said.
“My funniest moment was when I heard that it had made national news and that my camp members’ daughter was on the news too.”
Mr Jacobs said it was “fantastic” the community had reacted in such a proactive and vigilant manner in light of the well-meaning intentions.
Ron Jacob’s “free candy” van has been making headlines in America.