Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream Parlor Robbed On U Street

by Prince Of Petworth February 27, 2008 at 1:13 am 11 Comments

Thanks to a reader for sending me a link to this DCist post on the robbery that took place right in the middle of the day on U Street. It is well worth your while to read the comments. Personally, I could not possibly feel safer walking around U Street. I’m very sad that this robbery took place but I certainly don’t think it is an indictment of the neighborhood. But what do you think? Is U Street a dangerous neighborhood that would make you feel uncomfortable walking around, even during the day?

  • Lee

    This definitely doesn’t make me feel substantially more unsafe. It seems pretty clear to me that the establishment was targeted, probably well in advance, and largely because it is staffed by one person at that time of day. Letting that stop you from going to the neighborhood, or even from going to that Maggie Moo’s, is sort of like refusing to go to a bank because someone had recently robbed _it_, which I think most of us agree we would never consider.

  • ontarioroader

    Yeah, a good number of employers put their staff at risk by having only one person on staff. Classic case of $$ over safety. I’ve seen this done at retail & food service establishments all over town. It’s just not smart regardless of location – the neighborhood has little to do with crimes like this.

  • Mark

    I really like the ice-cream-parlor-as-bank analogy:

    “You’re thinking of this place all wrong. As if I had the back in a safe. The ‘s not here. Your ‘s in Joe’s house…right next to yours. And in the Kennedy house, and Mrs. Macklin’s house, and a hundred others.”

  • Anonymous

    It was probably a disgruntled customer who got fed up with the outrageous prices maggie moo’s charges for very mediocre ice cream and terrible service.

  • chris

    Brazen daytime robberies in the area are not uncommon–men wearing ski masks and armed with SHOT GUNS bust into a clothing store on 14th just south of U street, for example, in broad daylight with customers in the store…

  • Golden Silence

    I heard about something going on on U not too long ago (holdup at a 7-11, I think) but it hasn’t stopped me from heading out there. There are too many good things going on with U (I love Oohhs & Aahhs) to give up on it.

  • Jason

    I still don’t understand why ice cream shops stay open in the winter, what type of deranged people eat ice cream when it’s freezing outside.

  • While distrubing, these types of actions are still relatively rare–certainly more so than from a decade ago. I used to work in a suburban grocery store, and we had far more robberies and assaults occur there than anything the U St. district has to offer.

  • Toby

    I saw the news coverage on the robbery: the young lady’s sister was almost in tears recounting what happened. Today’s news showed the security video, where the poor employee was brutalized by the robbers. They will be caught. I just hope the cashier recovers from the trauma.

  • I have a $5 Maggie Moo’s gift certificate that expired in 2004, but I think I’m gonna try and use it.

    I mean.. why would a gift certificate expire? Money doesn’t expire. Seems stupid that anyone would trade money that never expires and can be used for anything for a gift certificate that can only be used once place and becomes worthless after a while.

  • Otis Gal

    This reminds me of when I lived in New Orleans. Some armed robbers went into a Winn Dixie grocery store, made all the customers get to the back and held the place up. Shucks, now I’m homesick.


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