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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.


READ: The Arrest Of A Street Vendor By A California Police Officer Is Sparking Outrage On Social Media

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People On Twitter Can’t Get Enough Of A Woman Selling The Official Tamales Of Billie Eilish

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People On Twitter Can’t Get Enough Of A Woman Selling The Official Tamales Of Billie Eilish

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Mexico is putting its ingenuity on full display this week after a tamal stand outside a Billie Eilish concert started advertising its products as the “official tamales of Billie Eilish.” The woman working the Tamales García food truck outside the Corona Capital Festival heard the sensational singer start playing “bad guy,” and jumped on the opportunity. Video footage shows the woman doing a million things at once, including cupping her hands to announce to concert goers that hers were the “official tamales of Billie Eilish.”

Mexican Internet is spreading her message even further, calling the marketing strategy as proof of “el ingenio mexicano,” or “Mexican ingenuity.” The original tweet containing the video has been retweeted nearly 3k and liked over 15k, so, we’d say the strategy was a viral success.

“Estos son las tamales oficiales de Billie Eilish, amiga,” the woman tells passerby.

CREDIT: @ERIKQUIROGA123 / TWITTER

“These are the official tamales of Billie Eilish, friend,” she shouts while preparing other peoples’ orders. The woman’s incredible multitasking skills coupled with the marketing strategy has viewers making her the example of Mexican ingenuity.  “Amo el ingenio Mexicano,” tweeted one Julio (@Julio25d). Another person couldn’t help but laugh, tweeting, “HAHAHAHAHA another level of marketing,” in Spanish. “Ay que bonito, se mira el esfuerzo de las personas,” (“Oh how beautiful, look at the people’s efforts”) tweeted La Yessi (@yessi_alvarad0). 

Unfortunately, we can’t seem to find any internet presence from Tamales García.

Oh, and Tamales García has the inside scoop: “she likes green and sweet” tamales.

CREDIT: @ERIKQUIROGA123 / TWITTER

“She likes verde and dulce… take the official tamales of Billie Eilish, friend,” she tells the thousands of people who turned out to hear the 17-year-old artist. Mexican Twitter is joking that they also have the official water of Billie Eilish and Justin Beiber. Others are joking that “if they’re official, then I want ten.” We accept any reason, made-up or not, to consume more tamales. Maybe Tamales García knew that all along, and were marketing on Mexican principles of validation for tamales consumption. Whatever the reason, Mexican Twitter has dubbed this strategy “the best of the best.”

What’s more, Tamales García also considers itself the Official Tamales of the entire Corona Capital music festival.

CREDIT: @AMONOS_RICKY / TWITTER

The annual music festival is held in Mexico City and is going on nine years strong. Other headliners include The Strokes, Weezer, Franz Ferdinand, Interpol, Flume, Keane and The Raconteurs. If you look closely enough at their sign, Tamales García is also home to the official tamales of The Strokes, Weezer, Franz Ferdinand, Nick Murphy… you get the picture. That means that customers would read this menu sign and ask for the tamal de Billie Eilish or de The Strokes. If you wanted a Flume tamal, you’d be out of luck, but it seems they’d have an abundance of tamales de Flome. ????

Either Tamales García is incredibly gifted at being home to the taste preferences of a dozen internationally acclaimed artists and bands, or they have a real gift for the marketing value of “official” merch. Their sign even has the official logo of Corona Capital, clearly and skillfully hand-drawn. With so much competition from other tamal vendors in the heart of Mexico City, we have to give it to Tamales García for finding a way to stand out from the crowd. Billie Eilish was the final performance, making her the headling event. 

Other folks are wondering what Billie Eilish would have to say about the marketing strategy.

CREDIT: BILLIE EILISH / FACEBOOK

I’m intrigued … What will be Billie Eilish’s position on the tamales, friend?  Do you think the Billie is more of a chicken in salsa verde or something less traditional, like a vegan type? Maybe she likes raisin rosita,” tweeted Pablo Diablo (@heyfungi). Billie Eilish was born and raised in Highland Park, in East Los Angeles, and arguably grew up eating tamales. Eilish was raised vegetarian and regularly promotes veganism to her millions of social media followers. As far as we can tell, the only time Eilish has taken to social media to talk about tamales was in November 2017 when she posted a rare smiling selfie captioned, “when u look like an undercooked tamale but he still love u.”

READ: The Exhausting Process Of Making Tamales For The Holidays Broken Down In GIFs

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This Fresno Teen Is Using The Internet To Get People To Buy Pan Dulce From This Viejito

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This Fresno Teen Is Using The Internet To Get People To Buy Pan Dulce From This Viejito

Javier Amaro / Facebook

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

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