GoFundMe Raises $56K For Hot Dog Vendor After Cops Stole His Earnings

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Thousands of people have donated tens of thousands of dollars to the hot dog vendor who had his earnings stolen from him by the police. Hot dog vendor Juan’s wallet was taken and the campus cop helped himself to some the vendor’s hard earned money for the crime of selling hot dogs with out first paying to obtain permission from the government to do so.

Cop apologists feel that theft of this man was the “right thing to do” because Juan was operating his business without a license. Customer Martin Flores was buying hot dogs outside this Saturday’s UC Berkeley football game when his purchase was interrupted by the police. That’s when Flores started recording the now viral incident on his cell phone.

The cop can be heard saying “this is law and order in action.” To most, it appears like a scene straight of 1940’s East Berlin. And witnesses and those who watched the video appeared to agree.

The next morning, Flores started a GoFundMe page to help the vendor with “personal, legal and professional matters.” He called the campaign “OfficialJustice4Juan&StreetVendors.” The campaign was set to raise $10,000 to help Juan, and “to cover other vendors who have been robbed of their hard earned living through citations and the removal of their carts.” As of now, it’s raised over $56,000 and it is continuing to rise quickly.

Apparently, that thin blue line is thinning even more.

The University of California Police Department has also responded to the video, with spokeswoman Sgt. Sabrina Reich stating the $60 was “seized as suspected proceeds of the violation and booked into evidence.”

She also said that three other people were detained by campus police on charges of vending without a license, Berkeleyside reports. They, however, were released with a warning and not ticketed and their compensation for selling was not stolen by the police.

If cops have ever wondered why they have such horrible relations with the public, look no further than this incident. And based on the amount of money this GoFundMe campaign has already raised, many are siding with Juan.

*Follow this link to donate to Juan, the hot dog vendor.*

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  • Simon says

    eating from unlicensed food vendors is sketchy…hate all the hoops the Tax man makes us do but there has to be some code of enforcement and inspections for food…at least send health dept. for spot checks of these carts…granted you are eating a hot dog and probably don’t care what you ingest anyway..

    • If regulation is a good thing, why is there any medical malpractice?

      • M_111

        It isn’t even the same animal. I have had a “botched” surgical procedure, have also been given an overdose in a dental office, and I also became sick from eating out. I didn’t sue in any case. But allowing just any old person to sell food and not pay taxes or be inspected is dangerous.

        • But it is very highly constitutional, although I wouldn’t expect the constitutionally illiterate average American to understand.

          Let’s Make America Free Again: 230 Years After the Constitution, We’re Walking a Dangerous Road

          28 20 17

          By John W. Whitehead
          September 11, 2017

          “I tell you, freedom and human rights in America are doomed. The U.S. government will lead the American people in — and the West in general — into an unbearable hell and a choking life.”—Osama bin Laden (October 2001)

          Ironically, during the same week that we mark the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we find ourselves commemorating the 230th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution.

          While there has been much to mourn about the loss of our freedoms in the years since 9/11, there has been very little to celebrate. Indeed, we have gone from being a nation that took great pride in serving as a model of a representative democracy to being a model of how to persuade a freedom-loving people to march in lockstep with a police state.

          What began with the passage of the USA Patriot Act in the wake of the 9/11 attacks has snowballed into the eradication of every vital safeguard against government overreach, corruption and abuse.

          Since then, we have been terrorized, traumatized, and tricked into a semi-permanent state of compliance. The bogeyman’s names and faces change over time, but the end result remains the same: our unquestioning acquiescence to anything the government wants to do in exchange for the phantom promise of safety and security.

          All the while, the Constitution has been steadily chipped away at, undermined, eroded, whittled down, and generally discarded to such an extent that what we are left with today is but a shadow of the robust document adopted more than two centuries ago. Most of the damage, however, has been inflicted upon the Bill of Rights—the first ten amendments to the Constitution—which historically served as the bulwark from government abuse.

          Set against a backdrop of government surveillance, militarized police, SWAT team raids, asset forfeiture, eminent domain, overcriminalization, armed surveillance drones, whole body scanners, stop and frisk searches, roving VIPR raids and the like—all sanctioned by Congress, the White House, the courts and the like—a recitation of the Bill of Rights would understandably sound more like a eulogy to freedoms lost than an affirmation of rights we truly possess.

          We can pretend that the Constitution, which was written to hold the government accountable, is still our governing document. However, the reality we must come to terms with is that in the America we live in today, the government does whatever it wants, freedom be damned.

          Here is what it means to live under the Constitution today.

          The First Amendment is supposed to protect the freedom to speak your mind, assemble and protest nonviolently without being bridled by the government. It also protects the freedom of the media, as well as the right to worship and pray without interference. In other words, Americans should not be silenced by the government. To the founders, all of America was a free speech zone.

          Despite the clear protections found in the First Amendment, the freedoms described therein are under constant assault. Increasingly, Americans are being arrested and charged with bogus “contempt of cop” charges such as “disrupting the peace” or “resisting arrest” for daring to film police officers engaged in harassment or abusive practices. Journalists are being prosecuted for reporting on whistleblowers. States are passing legislation to muzzle reporting on cruel and abusive corporate practices. Religious ministries are being fined for attempting to feed and house the homeless. Protesters are being tear-gassed, beaten, arrested and forced into “free speech zones.” And under the guise of “government speech,” the courts have reasoned that the government can discriminate freely against any First Amendment activity that takes place within a government forum.

          The Second Amendment was intended to guarantee “the right of the people to keep and bear arms.” Essentially, this amendment was intended to give the citizenry the means to resist tyrannical government. Yet while gun ownership has been recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court as an individual citizen right, Americans remain powerless to defend themselves against SWAT team raids and government agents armed to the teeth with military weapons better suited for the battlefield. As such, this amendment has been rendered null and void.

          The Third Amendment reinforces the principle that civilian-elected officials are superior to the military by prohibiting the military from entering any citizen’s home without “the consent of the owner.” With the police increasingly training like the military, acting like the military, and posing as military forces—complete with military weapons, assault vehicles, etc.—it is clear that we now have what the founders feared most—a standing army on American soil.

          The Fourth Amendment prohibits the government from conducting surveillance on you or touching you or invading you, unless they have some evidence that you’re up to something criminal. In other words, the Fourth Amendment ensures privacy and bodily integrity. Unfortunately, the Fourth Amendment has suffered the greatest damage in recent years and has been all but eviscerated by an unwarranted expansion of police powers that include strip searches and even anal and vaginal searches of citizens, surveillance and intrusions justified in the name of fighting terrorism, as well as the outsourcing of otherwise illegal activities to private contractors.

          The Fifth Amendment and the Sixth Amendment work in tandem. These amendments supposedly ensure that you are innocent until proven guilty, and government authorities cannot deprive you of your life, your liberty or your property without the right to an attorney and a fair trial before a civilian judge. However, in the new suspect society in which we live, where surveillance is the norm, these fundamental principles have been upended. Certainly, if the government can arbitrarily freeze, seize or lay claim to your property (money, land or possessions) under government asset forfeiture schemes, you have no true rights.

          The Seventh Amendment guarantees citizens the right to a jury trial. Yet when the populace has no idea of what’s in the Constitution—civic education has virtually disappeared from most school curriculums—that inevitably translates to an ignorant jury incapable of distinguishing justice and the law from their own preconceived notions and fears. However, as a growing number of citizens are coming to realize, the power of the jury to nullify the government’s actions—and thereby help balance the scales of justice—is not to be underestimated. Jury nullification reminds the government that “we the people” retain the power to ultimately determine what laws are just.

          The Eighth Amendment is similar to the Sixth in that it is supposed to protect the rights of the accused and forbid the use of cruel and unusual punishment. However, the Supreme Court’s determination that what constitutes “cruel and unusual” should be dependent on the “evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society” leaves us with little protection in the face of a society lacking in morals altogether.

          The Ninth Amendment provides that other rights not enumerated in the Constitution are nonetheless retained by the people. Popular sovereignty—the belief that the power to govern flows upward from the people rather than downward from the rulers—is clearly evident in this amendment. However, it has since been turned on its head by a centralized federal government that sees itself as supreme and which continues to pass more and more laws that restrict our freedoms under the pretext that it has an “important government interest” in doing so.

          As for the Tenth Amendment’s reminder that the people and the states retain every authority that is not otherwise mentioned in the Constitution, that assurance of a system of government in which power is divided among local, state and national entities has long since been rendered moot by the centralized Washington, DC, power elite—the president, Congress and the courts. Indeed, the federal governmental bureaucracy has grown so large that it has made local and state legislatures relatively irrelevant. Through its many agencies and regulations, the federal government has stripped states of the right to regulate countless issues that were originally governed at the local level.

          If there is any sense to be made from this recitation of freedoms lost, it is simply this: our individual freedoms have been eviscerated so that the government’s powers could be expanded.

          Yet those who gave us the Constitution and the Bill of Rights believed that the government exists at the behest of its citizens. It is there to protect, defend and even enhance our freedoms, not violate them.

          It was no idle happenstance that the Constitution opens with these three powerful words: “We the people.” As the Preamble proclaims:

          We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this CONSTITUTION for the United States of America.

          In other words, we have the power to make and break the government. We are the masters and they are the servants. We the American people—the citizenry—are the arbiters and ultimate guardians of America’s welfare, defense, liberty, laws and prosperity.

          Still, it’s hard to be a good citizen if you don’t know anything about your rights or how the government is supposed to operate.

          As the National Review rightly asks, “How can Americans possibly make intelligent and informed political choices if they don’t understand the fundamental structure of their government? American citizens have the right to self-government, but it seems that we increasingly lack the capacity for it.”

          Americans are constitutionally illiterate.

          Most citizens have little, if any, knowledge about their basic rights. And our educational system does a poor job of teaching the basic freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. For instance, when Newsweek asked 1,000 adult U.S. citizens to take America’s official citizenship test, 44% were unable to define the Bill of Rights.

          A survey by the Annenberg Public Policy Center found that a little more than one-third of respondents (36 percent) could name all three branches of the U.S. government, while another one-third (35 percent) could not name a single one. Only a quarter of Americans (27 percent) know it takes a two-thirds vote of the House and Senate to override a presidential veto. One in five Americans (21 percent) incorrectly thinks that a 5-4 Supreme Court decision is sent back to Congress for reconsideration. And more than half of Americans do not know which party controls the House and Senate.

          A 2006 survey by the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum found that only one out of a thousand adults could identify the five rights protected by the First Amendment. On the other hand, more than half (52%) of the respondents could name at least two of the characters in the animated Simpsons television family, and 20% could name all five. And although half could name none of the freedoms in the First Amendment, a majority (54%) could name at least one of the three judges on the TV program American Idol, 41% could name two and one-fourth could name all three.

          It gets worse.

          Many who responded to the survey had a strange conception of what was in the First Amendment. For example, 21% said the “right to own a pet” was listed someplace between “Congress shall make no law” and “redress of grievances.” Some 17% said that the First Amendment contained the “right to drive a car,” and 38% believed that “taking the Fifth” was part of the First Amendment.

          Teachers and school administrators do not fare much better. A study conducted by the Center for Survey Research and Analysis found that one educator in five was unable to name any of the freedoms in the First Amendment.

          In fact, while some educators want students to learn about freedom, they do not necessarily want them to exercise their freedoms in school. As the researchers conclude, “Most educators think that students already have enough freedom, and that restrictions on freedom in the school are necessary. Many support filtering the Internet, censoring T-shirts, disallowing student distribution of political or religious material, and conducting prior review of school newspapers.”

          Government leaders and politicians are also ill-informed. Although they take an oath to uphold, support and defend the Constitution against “enemies foreign and domestic,” their lack of education about our fundamental rights often causes them to be enemies of the Bill of Rights.

          So what’s the solution?
          Thomas Jefferson recognized that a citizenry educated on “their rights, interests, and duties” is the only real assurance that freedom will survive.

          As Jefferson wrote in 1820: “I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of our society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.”

          From the President on down, anyone taking public office should have a working knowledge of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and should be held accountable for upholding their precepts. One way to ensure this would be to require government leaders to take a course on the Constitution and pass a thorough examination thereof before being allowed to take office.

          Some critics are advocating that students pass the United States citizenship exam in order to graduate from high school. Others recommend that it must be a prerequisite for attending college. I’d go so far as to argue that students should have to pass the citizenship exam before graduating from grade school.

          Here’s an idea to get educated and take a stand for freedom: anyone who signs up to become a member of The Rutherford Institute gets a wallet-sized Bill of Rights card and a Know Your Rights card.

          If this constitutional illiteracy is not remedied and soon, freedom in America will be doomed.

          As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, we have managed to keep the wolf at bay so far. Barely.

          Our national priorities need to be re-prioritized. For instance, Donald Trump wants to make America great again. I, for one, would prefer to make America free again.

          As actor-turned-activist Richard Dreyfuss warned:

          “Unless we teach the ideas that make America a miracle of government, it will go away in your kids’ lifetimes, and we will be a fable. You have to find the time and creativity to teach it in schools, and if you don’t, you will lose it. You will lose it to the darkness, and what this country represents is a tiny twinkle of light in a history of oppression and darkness and cruelty. If it lasts for more than our lifetime, for more than our kids’ lifetime, it is only because we put some effort into teaching what it is, the ideas of America: the idea of opportunity, mobility, freedom of thought, freedom of assembly.”

        • jimmy joe

          Unless he has a gun to your head, forcing his dogs down your throat, you DO NOT, repeat, DO NOT have to eat there!! Its called “free will”, perhaps you heard of it???

          • M_111

            Why are you yelling at me. That b#### can go eff herself for talking to another human being, much less a veteran, that way.

    • NonYo Business

      We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen! … May your chains sit set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen ! .

      • Simon says

        you are free to eat all the spoiled hot dogs floating in weeks old putrid water…that is your right…I don’t defend asset forfeiture/theft…little to no over site on cart vendors…no simple answer

        • NonYo Business

          Dear friend,

          Look not to the government to tell you whose hotdogs are spoiled or whose are sanitary. Use your own judgement. I believe that a spoiled hotdog monger will not last long in a free enterprise. Think about it.
          As a side note, I would never eat a hotdog either from a street vendor or from a sports stadium… do you know what they put in them? It would give you the eeby jeebies. Good luck!

          • Simon says

            won’t put that garbage in my system either…and that idea he will go out of business would work if stationary…carts can simply move and find new victims…I expect same standards for carts as brick and mortar…

          • jimmy joe

            You mean like that brick and mortar gas station selling their nacho cheese, with a little botulism, free, of course???

          • Would you rather have a doctor inject it to reduce wrinkles?

          • M_111

            You cannot see e coli with the naked eye.

          • Nor the traitors that are destroying our country from their treasonous actions abroad, in countries that never threatened nor attacked ours.

          • jimmy joe

            Remember the botulism case with the nacho cheese, in the dprc I believe. Guy died, gas station was inspected too. It was only after he died did they inspect more closely!

          • jimmy joe

            Or botulism!!

          • NonYo Business

            Cant see Aids either.

          • AIDS isn’t an organism, it is a group of disorders.

          • Neither can you.

          • M_111

            Lol. Correct.

          • What they put in them isn’t subject to local regulation.

        • Phil_Ossifer

          If you ever worked in the food service industry on the preparation side you’d know exactly what most government “regulation” of the industry is worth…exactly ZERO.

          • Simon says

            that is why I eat out rarely…just want same standards if not more for unpack-aged (key word aged) food items sold out of unregulated carts. You can only sell garbage to people in same location for so long before word gets out…Mobile carts can spread poison everyday in a different zip code w/o repercussions…

          • jimmy joe

            And so can big pharm, as well as, big govt!! They spread their poison DAILY, and you think THAT is okay then?? Ever heard of big govt transporting cocaine, heroin, ice, etc, through their very own private military, that we pay for, into this republic?? Well documented too, you should do some research on the subject, you will find it intriguing!!

    • rouge1

      Yea that licence and tax money will save you from what again?

      • Simon says

        wont save me but will save honest tax paying businesses from predatory sales theft…why should actual tax payers be screwed by uncountable fly by night transients…

        • rouge1

          So If one doesn’t get the government’s permission to do business they are predatory? Sounds like croney capitalism at best, but is more like fascism. Why does your government give real predatory businesses a pass? Like wells Fargo, who will pay pennies on the dollar fines instead of going to prison? The fda is a joke bought by the heighest bidder. Health departments are just city goon squads to force or coherce people to comply with their agenda. They can run you out of business and or only allow their cronies in business. That’s called FREEDUMB.

          • M_111

            You sound more like Antifa than a Republican. Simon Says has made very valid points. But you guys are too anti govt to see the forest through the trees.

          • rouge1

            Antifa are socialist ie communist ie leftist like the socialist fascist. They are the ones wanting government control over every aspect of life. Republicans are right behind these groups in their love of government, power and control. I find the Republican party contemptible and only slightly better than the democrat party. Looks like they have made you a believer as well.

          • M_111

            They are a contradiction and just want to cause violence. They want and hate govt control. So what am I then? “Leave me alone. We obey the law. Leave your hands off my guns and we work for a living. No free handouts unless you’re truly destitute and sick, but not forever. Don’t bs us, you’d better respect that flag and our flag and veterans and NO to endless open border immigration. And globalization. What label are we??

        • You are living about 230 years too late to understand the level of ignorance that the founders died to resist living under.

        • jimmy joe

          Like we are with the dink force, right?? That whole “no accountability” thing drives me crazy too!!

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      State-theism at it’s “finest.”

      Time to stfu and let the adults talk, bootlicker.

      • We’d probably be better off to let him keep licking while he listens…

        • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

          I’ve not noticed that they can hear, over the slurping sounds their tongue makes. . .

      • Simon says

        Did it take your full 65 IQ points to come up with such a cerebral response…enjoy the crumbs life throws your way cause that is all you will receive flying under government radar, but crumbs is all gutter trash like yourself needs…

    • Razedbywolvs

      I encourage you to eat at Negri’s Original Occidental Old Fassion Family
      Style Italian Dinners at 3700 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental, CA 95465
      Not only do they pass the health departments stringent checks with flying colors they also get grate reviews from the local papers.

    • jimmy joe

      If just 3 people got the shits, so bad, that, they could shit thru the eye of a needle at 40 paces, it wouldn’t take long for the word to “spread”!! He would be outta business, quicker than his dogs hitting the bottom of the toilet!! Free markets with no govt over-reach works great!

    • maxblockm

      So let the people that want to pay to get an inspection sticker get one.
      If people want to sell hot dogs without an inspection sticker, let them.
      And let consumers pick which hotdog guy they want to go to.
      Free will, free markets.

  • rouge1

    Police are just goon tax collectors.

    • doucyet

      Someone has to do it (collect) in order to provide all of the “free” stuff.

      • NonYo Business

        Quiet Bernie! lmao

    • NonYo Business

      Taxes are Theft and Police are there to force you to comply. No other reason. The Protection viewpoint is asinine… what good is a 15 minute response time when you are 3 minutes from harm.

      • When Seconds count, the Enforcers (cops) are Minutes away

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  • Howard Beale

    Cops are Criminals. Kill the Bastards.

  • moTrouble69

    He should have dressed up like an antifa thug…the cops would have left him alone.

  • Figures! The cultural marxist brainwashed masses give it all to invaders and shit on their own… For example, I just had cancer surgery and hand surgery and can no longer work. I got medically laid off with comp for awhile then I had to use up
    my unemployment when comp ended, and then I could file for disability and that takes a long time…Can’t sue a ghost when the company goes overseas, sells out, or goes bankrupt. I have got only two donations for my troubles so far. check it out for yourselves…

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  • His only crime is not being able to speak English as far as I am concerned. And possibly being in the country illegally. I say let people operate without a license so long as they make the customers aware, if they get sick, that’s on them. Whats next, the govt going door to door to inspect our own personal kitchens to make sure its “safe”???

  • Fingal Carson

    So… People running to defend someone who sells dead animal guts, in grass buns. Who was screwed over by a drunk anglo/kike, rich-protecting donut and caffeine binger.

    Can I switch planets?

    • Racism must make you too goofy to realize how goofy you normally are.

  • nuknuk1000

    a mexican illegal selling dogs noe food server card I bet. yah welcome to mexico