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Monday, September 11, 2017

The campus police at Berkeley may not be able to stop people from trashing the town while protesting conservative college speakers, but they sure can rain down hell on some hot dog vendor for not having a permit.

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Flores' videos probably wouldn't have made such a splash online if the officer had simply cited the vendor, named Juan, and made him stop selling his food. What's drawing attention is the officer's casually condescending demeanor as he made this poor man miserable, and also the fact that he took Juan's wallet, removed the cash from it, and kept it. Watch the video below:

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Nah, just a donation to the Widow's and Orphan's Fund.

#1 | Posted by Lohocla at 2017-09-11 05:38 PM | Reply

It's a man enjoying his job. I bet he thinks about this when he makes love to his wife.

#2 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-09-11 06:56 PM | Reply

Unlicensed vendor.

#3 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2017-09-12 05:55 AM | Reply

Why should this food vendor get to ignore laws that other vendors have to follow? The officer didn't rob him -- the story makes clear the money was logged by police and is still his to reclaim.

Civil asset forfeiture is onerous, but we all benefit from laws regulating food sellers.

#4 | Posted by rcade at 2017-09-12 08:12 AM | Reply

The laws were lobbied into existence by restaraunt groups, and exist specifically to drive the vendors like him out of business by increasing the operating costs beyond what they can afford, and outlawing the equipment they use to make popular and common street food. No, we all don't benefit from them. We benefit from some regulation, but not laws that exist purely to squash competition.

Used rob, not the right word, but the headline limit wouldn't let me copy-paste the articles actual headline.

#5 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-09-12 09:29 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

A GoFundMe account for this vendor was at $52,452 of $10k goal
just now.

www.gofundme.com

Sweet.

#6 | Posted by 726 at 2017-09-12 09:58 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Rcade,

And he's selling food on top of it all.

People buy food from street vendors in good faith that they are meeting health requirements.

#7 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2017-09-12 09:58 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Sit,

Street vendors have virtually no overhead.

I don't believe resturants should be able to push street vendors out of business but they must conform to regulations to help insure public safety.

They can at least pay to operate legally.

#8 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2017-09-12 10:05 AM | Reply

We don't need anarchy.

Too many rules is one thing.

No rules is equally bad.

#9 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2017-09-12 10:07 AM | Reply

The racist war on hot dogs is an ongoing thing in Cali.

#10 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-09-12 10:32 AM | Reply

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Street vendors have virtually no overhead.

#8 | POSTED BY BILLJOHNSON AT 2017-09-12 10:05 AM | FLAG:

I'm sure emptying the wallet of this gentleman will have no impact on him then. Lets go around emptying the wallet of every street vendor without a permit. This is a necessary function for society, or else we'd have anarchy. Bacon wrapped hot dog anarchy. The horror, the horror.

#11 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-09-12 10:38 AM | Reply

ROB? I thought it said KNOB.

#12 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2017-09-12 10:55 AM | Reply

Sit,

Ohhhh...now I better understand why I don't like libertarians.

Thank you for clarifying it for me.

#13 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2017-09-12 02:50 PM | Reply

The officer didn't need to take his money. Write him a ticket and treat him with basic dignity.

#14 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-09-12 04:07 PM | Reply

now I better understand why I don't like libertarians.

#13 | POSTED BY BILLJOHNSON AT 2017-09-12 02:50 PM | REPLY

Here's one of the reasons why I don't like statists: Misconstruing police abuse over occupational licensing as having anything to do whatsoever with health code violations.

#15 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-09-13 09:14 AM | Reply

"You must pay a fee to have this job."

"Why?"

"Public safety."

.... yeah right

#16 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-09-13 09:17 AM | Reply

Food safety is public safety. How can anyone argue otherwise?

#17 | Posted by rcade at 2017-09-13 12:57 PM | Reply

"The officer didn't rob him -- the story makes clear the money was logged by police and is still his to reclaim."

No, he got robbed. At gunpoint, even.

Maybe you'd like to explain how public safety was enhanced by confiscating his money. Since you're so sure this was a public safety intervention.

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-09-13 01:04 PM | Reply

"Food safety is public safety. How can anyone argue otherwise?"

If his food had been confiscated, you'd have a solid argument...

#19 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-09-13 01:05 PM | Reply

Had the officer given him a ticket this wouldn't be a story.

#20 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-09-13 01:07 PM | Reply

Food safety is public safety. How can anyone argue otherwise?

#17 | POSTED BY RCADE AT 2017-09-13 12:57 PM | FLAG:

This had nothing to do with food safety. Police do not enforce food safety. This is an occupational permitting issue used to justify civil asset seizure.

I can't believe otherwise reasonably informed people think this has anything whatsoever to do with food safety.

Occupational permitting in situations like this is one of the areas where libertarians and progressives tend to unite in rejection of the idea because of its disproportionately racist effect.

#21 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-09-13 01:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Why should this food vendor get to ignore laws that other vendors have to follow?

Why should illegal aliens get to ignore laws that legal immigrants have to follow?

#22 | Posted by Petrous at 2017-09-13 01:59 PM | Reply

Why should entire states get to ignore the drug war? Because it's a stupid idea to begin with.

#23 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-09-13 02:42 PM | Reply

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