Skip to comments.Food Trucks Owners Say They're Being Hassled By The NYPD
Posted on 07/02/2011 10:30:48 AM PDT by nickcarraway
Some food truck owners near 6th Ave. say they are being forced out by the NYPD.
"They are not giving us summons yet but they are shooing us away and giving out warnings. That's bad for business," said David Weber, the President of the New York Food Truck Association.
Under state law, it is illegal for food trucks to park in metered spaces. "It's a 65 dollar ticket. But even more costly is if they have to move or be towed. We lose customers during the rush time," continued Weber.
An NYPD spokesperson says officers will enforce the law in all five boroughs and "we are enforcing the law as it has been interpreted by the court."
Meantime, New York foodies have noticed the difference. "Don't mess with my lunch. It's not just really bad for small business but I love truck food," said James Francois-Pijuan.
Food truck owners don't understand the latest crackdown. "We should be able to park anywhere we want. We are a huge part of New York," said Kevin Kurzius, who driving a dumpling truck in Chelsea. "I'm just selling dumplings and trying to make a living."
Sure—everyone knows during a depression, the best thing to do is kill any business and thus the ability to collect taxes. Money grows on trees, but I’m sure the government people know this already.
Sounds to me like some food truck owners haven’t figured out the New York bribe system yet....
Feed the donut-eaters?
Seriously, not a single part of the article talks about who voted for this law, or even indicated anyone in the state capitol who's working to repeal this stupid law. The only quote is from some government drone (a police officer paid just to talk to the press, rather than, you know, be a police officer..) talking about how they'll enforce the stupid law in the first place.
Let's be honest, it's the owners of McDonald's franchises and their kin who've gone out of their way to make it harder for gypsy restaurants to operate because they don't have to operate under the same conditions that a building based operator does. Rather than attack those regulations that's making it expensive to do business, they're going after the folks who had a bit of freedom, because everyone should be miserable together under government regulations.
let me explain it to you: Liberal cities hate entreprenuers.
Just hang or fly a few Gay Rainbow flags on the trucks and they will leave you alone.
Food truckers don’t pay property taxes and the business taxes that store owners do.
You overestimate your importance.
Trucks take advantage of the fact that people in NYC are always on the go, but they still have to play by the rules. Fact is, a Korean fast food truck is pretty much the same as the Mister Softee truck. Problem is that Mister Softee can travel from block to block, neigborhood to neighborhood, while lunch trucks need to go where the customers are (unless they have a serious following on their twitter feeds).
Solution: get a frickin' permit like other operators have to get for a legal spot somewhere!
Well, no. There's a reason why the law says you can't park your truck in a metered parking space. That space is there -- and it has a meter next to it -- so that people can come to the neighborhood, park their cars, and patronize local businesses that actually pay rent and property taxes rather than conduct business in a public thoroughfare.
Here where I live a fellow married a local girl and decided to move his business here.
He bought what was left of an old gas station and built a new two story steel building and started hiring.
Now the soil down here isn’t so porous so we have to have mound systems for our septic.
Anyway his business grew and he was doing well he hired people and put them to work. Too many people to suit the local health department Nazi’s
he had 12 people working making salaries and the Health department said he could ony have 8.
Now we have a nice new 2 story building sitting empty, 12 people who have to drive 15 miles each way to a rented building he got, and the guy has the building up for sale.
Nothing like Government helping the business man.
I ran booze up here in KC for 4 years. The days I hated the most, were downtown, and the plaza, our “kinda big city” areas here.
I cannot imagine the hell of the working driver, trying to get things delivered in a city like NY.
The plaza days made my decision to quit, and become Mr. Mom to 2 twin boys, much easier.
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