I would greatly appreciate if you could post this in order to have the other side of the story about the article titled Taking Sweets From Strangers? as I was personally there when the man gave out the ices last Tuesday, Isru Chag Shavuos.
What actually happened was that this man bought ices to give out to bochurim who were learning in 770 as he really appreciates how the bochurim learn there the whole day.
When he came to 770, there were a whole group of kids that surrounded him and started asking for ices for themselves. Obviously, he wasn’t going to refuse them so he gave them the ices.
Then a Lubavitcher (possibly the writer of the article) came and started screaming at him that he should stop. ‘What are you doing? You shouldn’t be giving ices to kids’.
Seeing nothing wrong with what he was doing, the man continued giving them out even buying more ices for a kid who wanted a different flavor. At this point, the Lubavitcher came over again and told him that if he really cared about the kids he should teach them not to speak to strangers. The man replied, ‘that is the parents job, not mine’.
The Lubavitcher then told him, without any warning, that he already called Shmira patrol. Unlike what it says in the article, the man didn’t see any shmira people or no one chased him out of 770.
It also seems that the person who wrote the article doesn’t come too often to 770 during the week as I have seen the man who gave out the ices many times in 770 before.
When I was speaking to him, he did ask me if I thought he was doing something wrong, as in truth, if he were to be a total stranger then this could be a pretty serious thing.
But at the end of the day what is one supposed to do if he is giving out something to older bochurim and a group of kids come around asking for some? Should he actually say no to the children? Especially Crown Heights children who will just jump all over you until you actually give them either way?