Thousands Fundraise for Hotdog Vendor After Money Was Taken by Cop
Martin Flores went to watch the Cal Berkeley football game Saturday with his kids and while he was buying hot dogs from a vendor. They were interrupted by a UC Berkeley police officer who wanted the hotdog vendor to produce an ID.
The vendor was rummaging through his wallet when the cop impatiently grabbed the man’s wallet and pulled out a couple of bills.
When this happened, Flores immediately got his phone out and started recording what the cop was doing. When he asked the reason why the police were taking the vendor’s hard-earned money instead of checking out several people who were drinking in public near the area, the officer simply replied that the man did not have a permit.
Flores believed that what the police officer did was “selective justice.”
“If he’s really about law and order there’s really so many other things he could’ve stopped,” Flores told the 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.”
To help the hotdog vendor out, Flores started a GoFundMe campaign to raise $10,000 that aims to cover the man’s legal and personal losses. Flores also shared that any excess funds will be utilized to “cover other vendors who have been robbed of their hard-earned living through citations and removal of their carts.”
Flores already raised close to $68,000 in just two days after starting the campaign, with the help of more than 4,000 people. The amount keeps climbing and has already far exceeded that number.
Flores announced on his Facebook page that he is set to present the money raised through the GoFundMe campaign to the vendor in the next couple of weeks in a public venue. He also stressed that none of the money from the fund will go to him.
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