A vendor was ticketed for selling hot dogs near a sports stadium without a permit over the weekend, and a crowdfunding page created for the man just two days ago has garnered more than $54,000 as of Tuesday early afternoon.
A video captured by alumnus Martin Flores, who also started the GoFundMe campaign, shows a police officer for the University of California, Berkeley not only fining the man for not being a licensed hot dog purveyor, but also rummaging through his wallet.
The vendor protests the officer’s conduct, but with no apparent effect.
Flores says he was able to capture the video because even before the collegiate football game, he planned on patronizing the hot dog stand. Someone, presumably Flores, can be heard off-screen saying “that’s not right.”
“We have instructed our officers to monitor illegal vending outside our event venues. This action has been motivated at least in part by issues of public health, the interests of local small businesses, and even human trafficking,” UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor Scott Biddy said, according to The Los Angeles Times. “In a case such as this, it is typical to collect any suspected illegal funds and enter them into evidence.”
With the money raised, Flores says he plans on locating Juan and providing him with the financial support — although the name of the unofficial entrepreneur has not yet been corroborated by other sources.
“I just want to be clear that NO funds will go to me,” Flores wrote in an update. “However, we will ensure that Juan has his personal, legal and professional matters addressed. Juan is a symbol of the injustice that takes place to street vendors.”
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