UC Berkeley street vendor gets his money taken away, however gets donated over 80k in return!
A video that upset many, went viral in the media showing a UC Berkeley bicycle officer citing a bacon hot dog vendor on campus and taking his money for operating without a permit.
UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor Scott Biddy explains that vendors are given warnings before a citation, according to, The Los Angeles Times.
“Yep, this is law and order in action,” officer Sean Aranas says on video after taking money from the man’s wallet.
The Mercury News reports that police often crack down on illegal vendors outside university events and results into confiscating belongings such as cash for evidence.
Vice Chancellor Scott Biddy spoke out about how the police force is trained.
“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,” Biddy said according to San Diego Union Tribune. “In a case such as this, it is typical to collect any suspected illegal funds and enter them into evidence.”
Flores summed up the story by saying the officer asked for the vendor’s ID and as the man looked through his wallet, the officer took it out of the vendor’s hand.
“That’s when I thought something was not right,” Flores said. Therefore, he pulled out his phone and began to record.
People all over the country felt sympathy by the outcome and have donated to Beto, the hot dog vendor. Martin Flores, who recorded the incident, launched a crowdfunding campaign that had raised more than $80,000, according to, The San Diego Union Tribune.
More than 35,000 people have signed an online petition demanding the officer to be removed from the police force.
Many people are questioning the UC Berkeley police officer’s actions.
Was UC Berkeley police justified by confiscating Beto’s money or would a simple citation have been sufficient?
You be the judge.