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A Street Vendor At A UC Berkeley Football Game Had His Money Taken When Police Issued Him A Ticket

Gran polémica causa video que muestra a oficiales multando a un vendedor ambulante y quitándole el dinero en UC Berkeley. Autoridades comentan que el hombre no tenía permiso de vender ahí, y el dinero era parte de la evidencia. (Cortesía Martín Flores)

Posted by Noticias Univision 21 Fresno on Sunday, September 10, 2017

 “That’s not right.”

A video of a hot dog vendor being ticketed and having his money confiscated outside of a University of California, Berkeley football game has sparked outrage. The video was shot by Berkeley alumnus Martin Flores, who was buying bacon wrapped hot dogs for his kids after the game when bicycle police showed up, according to LA Times. The police officer issued a ticket to the vendor before taking his cash. Flores told LA Times that he understands that the vendor needed a permit to sell his hot dogs, but when one of the officers took the vendor’s wallet, he felt something was wrong, so he started recording.

The video starts with the police officer taking money out of the vendor’s wallet and folding it into his hand as the vendor, identified as Juan, asks why his money is being taken away. Flores and the officer have a verbal exchange after the officer comments that “this is law and order in action.” Flores points out that people have been drinking in public on the campus during the game officers and questions why officers focused on writing a citation for one hot dog vendor. According to a Berkeley student interviewed by KTVU, there were about eight food vendors lined up along Piedmont Ave.

“If he’s really about law and order there’s really so many other things he could’ve stopped,” Flores told LA Times. “I totally recognize that people have to have permits. But this wasn’t about that. This was about identifying one vendor. If you want law and order, be law and order across the board.”

According to KTVU, UC Berkeley police said that they are cracking down on unauthorized street food vendors and that the money that was taken from Juan was entered as evidence.

In response to the situation, Flores created a GoFundMe page for Juan that had a goal of $10,000. By the time of this article, the GoFundMe page has raised almost $40,000. However, not all of the $40,000 is going to Juan. Instead, Flores states on the GoFundMe page that the original goal of $10,000 will be used to help Juan with his legal and personal losses stemming from the citation and seizure of his money. The rest will be used to help other street vendors who are given citations or have their money and/or equipment confiscated by police.

According to the GoFundMe page, Flores has been connected with Juan and will be giving him the money stated. “I just want to be clear that NO funds will go to me. However, we will ensure that Juan has his personal, legal and professional matters addressed,” wrote Flores.


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This Fresno Teen Is Using The Internet To Get People To Buy Pan Dulce From This Viejito And It’s The Sweetest Story On The Internet

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This Fresno Teen Is Using The Internet To Get People To Buy Pan Dulce From This Viejito And It’s The Sweetest Story On The Internet

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We adore young people that honor their elders by showing them love, advocating for their lives, and more importantly helping them with their hustle. That’s exactly what we are seeing out of Fresno today with a young man asking people to support his favorite street vendor and his bread.

Fresno resident Javier Amaro is paying it forward by giving a local Mexican bread vendor a huge shout out.

Credit: Javier Amaro / Facebook

Amaro, a bodybuilding enthusiast, posted on his social media platforms that local residents should purchase Mexican bread from this vendor. Not only does Amaro say they’re delicious but they are incredibly inexpensive.

“FRESNO, CA AREA!! this older man sells really good Mexican bread they are $1 a bag, I purchased $15 to help him, shows me a lot that even if you are older and not that fit or healthy to work, when you enjoy doing something that you love to do, age or time doesn’t matter. PLEASE help him out he is located in 2034 N. ANGUS or give him a call 559-515-1271”

The post, which went live on Facebook on June 4, has been shared thousands of times.

Credit: Javier Amaro / Facebook

Does this vendor know his phone number is floating around the internet? We’re certain his phone is blowing up nonstop. Who can resist $1 pan dulces?

Fans are showing support for the elderly gentlemen and those who have tried his goods are sending their praise.

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“We always brought from him when we lived on Brown Ave., ” Angie G. Aguilar wrote on Facebook. “Sweetest man and his pan is really good! I’ll call him for sure. And share your post.”

@_lizzylizz wrote, “Dude I always use to buy bread off of him really nice sweet guy and the bread is definitely worth it.”

This is not the first time someone has posted a message in order to give their favorite vendor much-needed business.

Credit: @abc12houston / Twitter

Last year, a then 18-year-old  Jacqueline “Jackie” Garza tweeted that her father’s bakery would close due to lack of business. So, she asked people to come and help, and they did. Thanks to her social media outreach, the panaderia was able to stay in business.

READ: Here’s How One Houston Panadería Was Saved Because Of A Teenager’s Tweet

Los Angeles Businesses Will No Longer Be Able To Veto Street Vendors From Setting Up Their Stands On The Sidewalks

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Los Angeles Businesses Will No Longer Be Able To Veto Street Vendors From Setting Up Their Stands On The Sidewalks

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Street vendors are part of city life. They add vibrancy and color to our car infested streets and freeways. We’re so busy driving here and there, that street vendors provide quick and easy ways to pick up flowers, elote, mangoes, or anything really. But with the demand of their goods, comes great risk. They have limited legal protections. We’ve seen street vendors get harassed by people, by cops, and business owners, but that could change in the very near future in Los Angeles.

After five years of fighting  for the rights of street vendors, the L.A. City Council voted yesterday to send a draft proposal to legalize street vending.

“The City Council passed a street vending proposal today (11-4) that does not include the business veto!!! Thank you to all our supporters! Our work continues as we wait for an ordinance to be drafted by the City Attorney!” The Los Angeles Street Vendor Campaign said on their Facebook page.

While this is a huge victory for street vendors, there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done.

This proposal is just the first step in trying to legalize street vending and coming to some sort of compromise between business owners and street vendors.

Councilmembers have 60 days to come up with a bill that both street vendor advocates and business owners can agree to.

As of now, if a street vendor is positioned on a sidewalk owned by business they can easily tell them to relocate.

Under the new proposed idea, which is still in the works, the Los Angeles Times says it would mean that “shops would not be able to simply prohibit vending on the adjacent sidewalks, but property owners would be alerted when sidewalk sellers seek permits to do business outside their doors. They would then have a chance to lodge an appeal.”

Legalization would also help street vendors from extortion and possible deportations.

City council chambers packed with street vendors. Some council members want to bring back the "business veto", giving…

Posted by The Los Angeles Street Vendor Campaign on Tuesday, April 17, 2018

“You don’t really know what is going on out there,” Merced Sanchez — a downtown vendor who sells goods including sunglasses and T-shirts — told KPCC. “In the area where I work, they (businesses) extort us. They intimidate us. At any given moment, if we don’t want to pay them, the rent they demand, they call the police.”

In February 2017, the L.A. City Council voted unanimously to decriminalize street vending. That decision spares undocumented merchants from facing possible deportations since street vending is no longer a crime.

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