Hot Dog Vending Incident Sparks Outrage at UC Berkeley

Elias Hubbard
September 12, 2017

A UC Berkeley alumni captured a freakish encounter between police and a hot dog vendor outside a football game this weekend that has since garnered over 11 million views.

Flores alleged that while Aranas was citing the vendor for not having a permit, officers were ignoring cases of people drinking alcohol in public.

The officer then responds, "We'll take it to the judge and the judge can decide whether or not it's right".

"This petition is being circulated because the community feels that this officer should be removed from the University of California Police Department", the petition states. "People could drink on campus on football games and no ticket, but a hard-working man selling hot dogs, earning a living, gets his money taken away and a ticket?"

Although Flores' video shows the officer's name, UC Berkeley police were not available to confirm the officer's identity and years of service, and a UC Berkeley police records supervisor was not reachable Sunday for data about vendor citations on campus. "This is law and order in action". He said he will not take any of the money that's donated for himself.

UCPD said that the vendor's money was booked into evidence after the citation was issued. The officer was tasked with enforcing violations related to vending without a permit on campus.

UC Berkeley Police told KTVU the incident is under investigation.

"We are aware of the incident".

Juan was the only vendor cited amid the crackdown, the television station reported.

Flores, a Los Angeles-based filmmaker and writer, continued sticking up for Juan, telling Aranas and his partner that they're being unfair.

As of Monday morning, the campaign had raised more than $33,000; the funds will be utilized to help cover the vendor's legal costs and financial losses.

In the post, Flores said he took his children to enjoy the football game and promised them he would buy food from a vendor.

Meanwhile, a petition calling for the officer's removal has been launched on the Care2 website.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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