Philadelphia first term city councilwoman, Helen Gym, has accused the owners of a center city food truck of racism because of their name and the design on the outside of their food truck.
According to the owners of the Wheely Wheely Good Food Truck, Alanna Li and Bailin Chen, who are Asian, Councilwoman Gym approached their truck and told the owners the name of your truck is “super-racist.” Gym also was offended by the cartoon characters on the outside of the truck because it depicts two Asians. Alanna Li, explained to councilwoman Gym, that the name of their food truck, Wheely Wheely Good means it’s really good food on wheels. And in no way is the name meant to make fun of Asians. Apparently, Gym thinks the name is making fun of the way Asians speak certain English words. She also explained to Gym that the cartoons on the outside of the truck are depictions of the Li and Chen.
Even after the Asian owners explained all of this to liberal councilwoman Helen Gym, she demanded the owners change the name of the food truck and the design on the outside of the truck. And if they don’t comply with her demands, Gym threatened to have the Wheely Wheely Good Food Truck banned from Night Market on Thursday nights at the Philadelphia Navy Yard and threatened the owners with inspections from the city’s Licenses and Inspection Department in an effort to have them shut down if any violations are discovered.
Helen Gym even sent her daughter to the Wheely Wheely Good Food Truck to hold up a sign that said “Racism Sucks and So Does This” with an arrow pointing at the truck. And posted this photo on twitter.
The owners of the food truck didn’t know about the sign until they were leaving for the day and found the sign stuck to the back of their truck.
Councilwoman Gym was given an opportunity to comment about an article about this from Philadelphia Magazine and refused to comment. Seems like Councilwoman Gym is hiding under her desk.
Councilwoman Gym may have committed crime by threatening the owners of the Wheely Wheely Good Food Truck, Alanna Li and Bailin Chen. The crime is called Official Oppression.
As a lifelong resident of Philadelphia I am totally outraged at Councilwoman Gym’s conduct. The Asian owners explained there is no implied or intended racism, yet Gym is offended and makes demands. JUST WHO THE HELL DOES HELEN GYM THINK SHE IS? She has no right to threaten a business, who are paying taxes to the city and complying with the laws of city. Helen Gym needs to RESIGN. She doesn’t deserve to represent anyone.
Helen Gym isn’t even from Philadelphia. She is from Seattle, moved to Ohio and then to Philadelphia. Helen Gym is also owned by the teachers union. According to a Pennsylvania Watchdog Organization, Helen Gym accepted double the amount of money allowed by law from the teacher’s union. According to the article Gym has railed against money in politics in the past, yet accepted a double illegal contribution from the PFT. Which makes Helen Gym a typical liberal hypocrite. And once again, Helen Gym was given the opportunity to comment on the article from the Pennsylvania Watchdog Group and declined. Seems like Helen Gym is hiding under her desk again.