Brave Police Save Town From Man Selling Veggies

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Via The Daily Bell

It is the simplest, most basic aspect of life: you need food, so you grow some vegetables. If you have extra you sell them on a street corner to your neighbors, and if you live in California you get arrested for it.

Licensing is when the government takes a right from you, and sells it back. This California man failed to purchase his rights back from the state.

But the poor police had pictures taken of them while arresting the man, and now they are hearing from the public about their unjust actions.

The Sheriff’s Department of Alameda County Florida responded on Facebook to the public outrage, including thousands of criticisms posted to their Facebook page.

Selling food on street corners violates county ordinances and public health codes. Persistent street vending harms local businesses, especially small, start-up food vendors…

There you have it, from the horse’s mouth in plain black and white: the point of licenses is protection. You pay to play, if you don’t pay off the city and county, they will send their hired thugs to rough you up and demand the protection money.

It harms local businesses: apparently it is the government’s job to make sure there is no competition for certain businesses. God forbid the consumer has a choice.

And why isn’t this guy’s produce selling operation considered a small, start-up street vendor?

Simple because he didn’t pay for his rights.

Yet the Ninth Amendment in the Bill of Rights says, “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”

And the 24th Amendment outlawed the poll tax, saying the right to vote had been abridged by charging citizens money in order to exercise that right.

Both of these amendments suggest that licensing–charging money for doing a normal activity, having to pay just to live your life–is one method of denying a person’s rights.

And two Supreme Court cases affirm this:

In Murdock v. Pennsylvania, 319 U.S. 105 (1943), the Supreme Court stated that a law requiring solicitors to purchase a license was an unconstitutional tax on the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ right to freely exercise their religion. The Court ruled that “The state cannot and does not have the power to license, nor tax, a Right guaranteed to the people,” and “No state shall convert a liberty into a license, and charge a fee therefore.”

In another case, the Court ruled similarly, that “If the State converts a right (liberty) into a privilege, the citizen can ignore the license and fee and engage in the right (liberty) with impunity.” (Shuttlesworth v. City of Birmingham, Alabama, 373 U.S. 262).

Earning money, engaging in basic trade, selling the excess of your labor all falls under the category of natural rights, the pursuit of happiness, liberty or whatever you want to call it. The government has no business arresting someone for selling vegetables.

So the county has their pieces of paper that say he cannot sell without a license, and he has different pieces of paper that say he can. No one bothers to think about what is right, especially the police “just doing their jobs.”

The police don’t make the rules, they just enforce them. So at what point will a law become too unjust to enforce? At what point does a cop quit his job, because he is the agent of injustice? That is such a stupid attempt to absolve oneself of responsibility.

A police officer is an individual who can choose to do evil or not. Doing injustice to fellow human beings for a salary doesn’t make it any better. Following the orders of politicians doesn’t make a cop’s actions peaceful. Throwing people in cages for selling vegetables is a terrible thing to do as one individual to another, and one should not hide behind a badge, uniform, department, or politician while being a bad person.

Let’s look at the rest of the excuse given by the Sheriff’s Department.

Selling food on street corners… poses certain health risks such as E. coli and other food borne illnesses.

Okay, getting a license doesn’t stop E. coli. There have been plenty of outbreaks in licensed food, as well as government-owned water supplies. This is simply a justification given for extortion. The government isn’t testing every veggie, and they aren’t watching every restaurant employee to make sure they wash their hands before returning to work–even if they make the restaurant hang the sign.

The Sheriff’s office continued:

In addition, illegal vending causes traffic safety issues and vendors are sometimes the target of street robberies.

Ah, there you go! The police arrested the man to help him and protect him. They defacto robbed him (the costs of going through the legal system, as well as lost veggies, and lost revenue) in order to protect him from being robbed.

And they will just throw in a “traffic safety issue” for good measure. That farmstand is much more distracting than blinding blue lights flashed all over the city whenever someone is going 5 mph over the speed limit.

(On a side note, have you ever thought about how much more dangerous it is to be parked on the side of a highway after being pulled over, versus going 80 or even 90 miles per hour with the traffic?)

The whole situation is just absurd. We don’t need police running around arresting vegetable vendors–we don’t even need them arresting drug dealers!

If the police would focus on solving the millions of rapes which they never investigate, or perhaps the 39% of murders that never get cleared, maybe their Facebook pages wouldn’t be bombarded by angry citizens as often.

The clear answer is to continue to resist and engage in your highly illegal selling of vegetables, and anything else, regardless of what the law says.Support the illegal farmstand on the roadside, and engage in gray and black markets with your community.

Support the illegal farmstand on the roadside, and engage in gray and black markets with your community.

In fact, a fun activity of resistance is to actively seek out opportunities to engage in unlicensed vending and trade. This strengthens the undocumented market.



The raw milk in my cereal was sold to me illegally, which makes it that much more delicious.

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Rabbitnexus's picture

Ignoring ridiculous rules and telling the bureacrats and their help to get fucked whenever they dare to mess with me about it has been my modus operandi for many years now. They make a lot of npoise and generate more nits of paper so I start generating bits of paper too. They send me a form to fill in and I send them a form to fill in first so that our system can permit me to fill in the form.  My forms are no more personal than theirs yet they somehow complain about my forms. But being bureacrats they are kind of stuck.  A form is a form and we want to assist in your forms but first we need ours completed thank you. This can become quite drawn out and fun.

TePikoElPozo's picture

i do my part by purchasing medicinal cannabis from an unlicensed street pharmacist

cannabis is legal now, but you need a "license" to sell


so, 1. i am purchasing product from a vendor without a license

and 2. i am engaging in health care from a health care provider without a permit


also, i grabbed a bunch of pussy this morning

TePikoElPozo's picture

Governor Jerry Moonbeam said we were a bunch of no good freeloaders for not passing his gas tax hike

P'Od_Accountant's picture

The police don’t make the rules, they just enforce them.  


Bunch of horseshit, cops routinely make up rules or cite laws that don't exist on the fly to justify their corrupt and immoral, illegal behaviour.   Also this is essentially just a different version of the Nuremberg defense.  I was just following orders.  

aliens is here's picture

Sheeps will keep voting for this kind of shyt.

Mr. Augie's picture

I know of many cases like this. There is one raw milk case selling off his farm going on for 15 years and numerous court appearances. I know of cases where selling food to members of a private food club--where there are swat team like raids and confiscation (computers etc) for not being licensed for an activity for which there is no license available. One 5 year case was only for selling honey that is placed too cose to the honey health benefits info (internet site) costing the family $250,000 in costs after whcih the case was dropped after they were forced to end their online vendors contracts. I can also tell you of a farm family that had a country dinner for friends and their friends when the county health dept came in while right after the prayer and just before they started to eat the food the agents sprayed Clorox on the entire table setting. Kid you not.

TePikoElPozo's picture

saw a youtube of a dude protesting at a farmers market

city wanted to throw this guy out for not having a permit/license to sell lemonade at the farmer's market

so, he started giving it away for free

oldguyonBMXbike's picture

Exercise your right to shoot tyrants dead.

andrej's picture

Where I live, roadside vendors tend to sell Dutch hydroponic veggies. Since they've been grown indoors, they've never seen dirt, insects, insecticides, weed, or herbicides. Healthy, no GMO, 100% natural. Sold at triple the supermarket prices.


Northern Flicker's picture

Face it: Those kids selling 5-cent lemon aide and Girl Guide cookies are getting away with bloody murder.

gespiri's picture

The state of CA has to collect taxes to pay for all those illegals....

SmittyinLA's picture

We need to change the laws to make veggie manufacturers more responsible, not the right people are getting access to vegetables without paying a toll

joego1's picture

Where I live the local farmers market association charged a bunch of money to belong and set a bunch of rules so a few of us setup a farmers market with no cost to sellers- come one come all. The only rule was that you had to grow it or make it yourself.

joego1's picture

I remember the same thing happening in Tunisia some years back and that led to the Arab spring. Guess Americans are still too well fed to get the idea.

roddy6667's picture

When you move outside the US and return for a visit, the first thing you notice is the ovewhelming police presence. They are everywhere, walking, driving cars, everywhere. They watch and follow everybody.

Where I live now the police do not walk beats. They do not patrol in cars. They come out when they get called. Most of the time they are doing what they are paid to do--public safety. They don't carry guns. When  you do run into one, he is just a regular guy. No shaved headed, jacked up on steroids, tattooed animal with an attitude. Everything is not a police issue. Nobody worries about the police.

America is the police state now.

BTW, I live in mainland China.

Americans believe they are free because they are told to believe that. They never travel to find out that it's a lie. They get what they deserve.

SoDamnMad's picture

I live in a Baltic country and it is the same here. I get upset though that there are so many officers driving around in police cars to get their shopping done but it must work as nobody gets murdered, no kids get shot, everything is quiet and nice.  I'm frightened to think about coming home. TSA and civil forfeiture, roadside stops, police chases at high speed.  All I worry about (NOT) is them pesky Russians on the other side of the border that don't give a damn about us but are pissed at our diplomatic envoys, the NATO troops.  One of the Humvees damn near ran us off the road.

kareninca's picture

Yeah, right.  I invite you to start marching around with a placard that says "Free Tibet" on it.

Or to start a website whose stated goal is to change the party's leadership.

Or to start a Christian church that prosleytizes.

Just because they pay no attention to some old white dude who has quietly retired there means nothing.

At least we don't kill off our baby girls ( ("China was home to 33 million more men than women in 2014, renewing a long-running controversy over selective abortion, abandoned baby girls, and the country's family planning restrictions, according to government figures released this week.")(""The gender ratio at birth is still dangerously high, with 115.88 boys born to every 100 girls in 2014," the official Xinhua news agency reported. The figures compare with a global average of 103 to 107 boys to every 100 girls.")  And no, ending the one child policy has not solved the problem.

The U.S. sucks and so does China.

roddy6667's picture

You don't get it. Nobody wants to do these things you point out for examples. It's all theoritical.

And the gender imbalance is on track to be back in line with First World ratios by 2030.

You see a lot of problems that are not problems. Not in the real world.

Sh3epdog's picture

A good read.

Remind's me of this stupid law in Colorado - Individuals shall not sell potatoes to one another under a certain size or they shall experience the full legal punishment of the law and the state.

Can't even sell bloody taters of a size of one's choosing to another without breaking some bloody law. And if you grow those taters yourself and sell them to your neighbor and to the state's liking "thier too small" then your breaking at least two laws!  

Bloody governments selling the people's basic rights back to them, or convincing them it is so, when it is really just the threat of taking away the rights of others if they don't pay back. A person growing food and selling it - the gov brings in the poor small food vendor example to manipulate public opinion and as a "pity shield" to twist the goodwill of the people, when the individual growing food on thier residence and selling it likely to neighbors is the smaller party here. I doubt large at scale producers of produce are likely to be hurt by such a transaction, and if they are why isn't it a good thing for the people in general?

It would mean that the people can grow enough food to provide for themselves without relying on 3rd parties, a sign of decentralized resilience. During war when the country/nationality - people/animal farms are trying to steal from each other and the primary concern for those that try and run animal farms is likely to protect "the livestock" from other farmers who want more land for thier farm or people - then farms at home are encouraged.

Pvt Joker's picture

I live in Riverside, Illinois , just outside of Chicago, passed a cat license tax last month.  Yeah you have to license your cats.  Now I could ignore it and not get caught because the cats never go outside.  Besides, what are the cops going to do -  grab my pussies?   However, I am pissed enough to pay this tax , $7.50 per cat in pennies, for 3 cats.   Going to label each jar "pussy tax".   Have fun counting it control freaks.

oldguyonBMXbike's picture

People like you are the problem. You think you're being clever and defiant in your cuck slavery lmfao. Just don't comply.

Sh3epdog's picture

"Grab them by the Tabby!" xD Or Siamese oh my! Bahahaha

What about the cat's that have illegitimate kittens without filing a liscence with the state and having thier kittens delivered in a most unhealthy manner - (most unhealthy for bloated bureaucrat's that'll do anything but eat less out of greed, and become strong through some work. It's those fat Bureau-cat's that'll pass any law to resist being trimmed down, in salary, headcount and bloated self importance) 

Goldennutz's picture

The civil serpents WILL have fun counting it.


They will wait until 4:55 PM then start to slowly count out the pennies and make an hour or two of O.T. to pad their pensions.

Global Douche's picture

Remember though, we're talking Illinois here! They'll barely have two nickels to rub together by the time these jokers retire.

globalintelhub's picture

Just make money and forget about it

Mr. Universe's picture

The job of the police is to collect the low hanging fruit of infractions.

mary mary's picture

The most powerful and persistent enemy of your Freedom is your local Chamber of Commerce.  This is a typical example.  Local Chamber of Commerce-championed "ordinances" pull off this kind of financial warfare all the time, against all manner of small businesses, and get away with 99% of it.

AlbertthePudding's picture

Get rid of your sheriff ..he is your enemy people.Vote the regulation-obsessed enforcer out of office.

People rise up aganst tyranny it only gets worse fro here.

rudyspeaks's picture

Soooo. was this Florida (as was stated in the article) or California (ALSO stated in the article)? Confused? No. Shallow

Peterman333's picture

"The police don’t make the rules, they just enforce them. So at what point will a law become too unjust to enforce? At what point does a cop quit his job, because he is the agent of injustice?"

Well, from Venezuala we learn from police interviewed anonymously recently that they only stay in their jobs to keep their meager salary so they can feed their family. So the answer, if it becomes like Venezuela, at no point do the law become too unjust to enforce.

1033eruth's picture

"they just enforce them".  What a joke.  The laws are NEVER enforced against the blue line - NEVER.  Nor are they enforced against their buddies, family and friends.  Is there something wrong with you that you haven't noticed this?  Is a cop a family member?  Are you biased and would you admit if you were?  

Pickleton's picture

Congrats on blaming Peterman for what's clearly a quote from the story.  Idiot.

VWAndy's picture

 Flaw and Order goons aka power tripping tools. Ask one how many corruption busts they have made.

Able Ape's picture

Pleeeze Mr. Government man, save me from the Islamic Killer Tomatoes!....


PitBullsRule's picture

Sometimes its hard to understand things the government does if you just look at from your point of view.  You can sell vegetables in a swap meet, or you can grow your own vegetables.  If everybody could sell stuff wherever they want, you wind up with a bunch of people with buggies and carts selling crap all up and down the sidewalk, including porno, drug paraphanalia, cigarretes and candy.  "So what" you say.  1) thats what they do in Mexico, if you like that you can go there. 2) how do you control quality?  Some of those street vendors can sell food laced with pesticides, or rotten vegetables, or meat with worms in it, you can't control it. 3) they leave residue, garbage, juices and stains, flies, roaches, rats, who pays for that? 4) Its not fair to the vendors that had to buy licenses, like Walmart, or Trader Joes, they pay a lot for buildings, licenses, building codes, restrooms, parking lots, security gaurds, etc. and they don't want guys with weenie wagons coming in and under-cutting them, it would result in chasing away the stores like Walmart and turning the areas into 3rd world looking neighborhoods.

If you don't like the big stores like Walmart, and you don't like the way this state (or country) turned out, you shouldn't be here, you should go someplace where they have all that freedom.  Like Mexico, or Columbia, the weather is better there anyway.

mkkby's picture

Upvoted.  There are plenty of places to sell your food.  Farmer markets, swap meets, road side stands.  Get a food truck and go anywhere.

I don't want illegals coming and shitting up my neighborhood with their garbage all over.  I'm glad the cops move them on, or call immigration and kick them the fuck out.

roddy6667's picture

You sound like a shaved head, steroid-sucking cop.

Montana Cowboy's picture

I'm going to make a counter-argument because you got way too many down-votes without a single opposing explanation.

It is a very dangerous notion that government is entitled to an expanded power grab because the people will be better off as a result. In civilized countries, that is not an acceptable method for government to infringe on protected rights. It doesn't matter if the people will benefit or how much they will benefit. Every single protected right you have can be taken with some sort of corrupt logic of this nature.

That said, I believe that US citizens have no rights. None! Because they were tricked into becoming US citizens under the 14th Amendment, which makes them federal property. The US Federal Government was never intended to have any citizens of its own. In fact, there was no way to be a federal citizen for almost an entire century. This is not a state citizenship argument. Its only a non-federal model, which can be made to look silly because there is no label for it. Almost every power from tax to vehicle codes and other codes are ultimately binding upon you because you are a federal citizen.

Goldennutz's picture

Absolutely correct!!



AlbertthePudding's picture

The long bow of the state is drawn

VWAndy's picture

 I hope none of you are thinking Oathtakers are going to save you. They will keep right on doing their jobs and collecting the paychecks.

Craven Moorehead's picture

Same kind of bullshit up here in Canada,

 Elected representatives and Law enforcement officials, have determined that the constitution and the rights and freedoms of their constituents is an impediment to their ability to carry out their daily tasks with as little effort as possible, despite the fact they all swore to uphold the constitution, which should be the most important function of their daily tasks, but how can you be home in time for dinner, when silly things like individual and collective rights and freedoms get in the way of taking the path of least resistance. The modern law enforcement official, just wants to put in his time, and book his pension, constitution be damned, the lives and well being of the citizens they have sworn to protect are inconsequential in modern policing. They have develloped a siege mentality, consciencely separating themselves from the increasingly outraged citizenry, and it can be argued, that they have done this because they all know that the "Serve and Protect" mantra is a pile of horseshit, which has lead them to dropping the phony pretense of legitimacy, to just meting out their versions of justice as they see fit. Elected representatives instead of acting to prevent this, have instead empowered these egregious attacks on civil rights by various law enforcement and regulatory agencies.

America is not the greatest country in the history of the world, but the premise of America is, The US Constitution, one of the greatest documents ever written, makes it so, and the people and organizations you pay handsomely to uphold it`s virtues, are instead the ones responsible for the erosion of your rights and freedoms, time to seek out and elect those who would uphold it`s terms. Then and only then do you become the greatest, Trump is at least a good starting point       

AlbertthePudding's picture

And I believe that was the last time they tried it?

political_proxy's picture

The US Constitution was set up to show what the Gov is allowed to do and provide protections for man's unalienable rights. 

 The Declaration of Independence states the American creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain 
unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." -from quick net search re: unalienable rights

decentralisedscrutinizer's picture


Almost all the world’s economic and political problems revolve around the hegemony of a global corporate cartel, which is headquartered in the US because this is where their dominant military force resides. The US Constitution is therefore the “kingpin” of an all-inclusive global financial empire. These fictitious entities now own the USA and command its military infrastructure by virtue of the Federal Reserve Corporation, regulatory capture, MSM propaganda, and congressional lobbying.


The Founders had to fight a bloody Revolutionary War to win our right to incorporate as a nation – the USA. But then, for whatever reason, our Founders granted the greediest businessmen among them unrestricted corporate charters with enough potential capital & power to compete with the individual states, smaller sovereign nations, and eventually to buy out the USA itself. The only way The People can regain our sovereignty as a constitutional republic now is to severely curtail the privileges of any corporation doing business here. To remain sovereign we have to stop granting corporate charters to just any “suit” that comes along without fulfilling a defined social value in return. The "Divine Right Of Kings” should not apply to fictitious entities just because they are “Too Big To Fail”. We can't afford to privatize our Treasury to transnational banks anymore. Government must be held responsible only to the electorate, not fictitious entities; and banks must be held responsible to the government if we are ever to restore sanity, much less prosperity, to the world.


It was a loophole in our Constitution that allowed corporate charters to be so easily obtained that a swamp of corruption inevitably flooded our entire economic system. It is a swamp that can't be drained at this point because the Constitution doesn’t provide a drain. This 28th amendment is intended to install that drain so Congress can pull the plug ASAP. As a matter of political practicality we must rely on the Article 5 option to do this, for which the electorate will need overwhelming consensus beforehand. Seriously; an Article 5 Constitutional Convention is rapidly becoming our only sensible option.


This is what I think it will take to save the world; and nobody gets hurt: 28th Amendment


Corporations are not persons in any sense of the word and shall be granted only those rights and privileges that Congress deems necessary for the well-being of the People. Congress shall provide legislation defining the terms and conditions of corporate charters according to their purpose; which shall include, but are not limited to:


1, prohibitions against any corporation;


a, owning another corporation,


b, becoming economically indispensable or monopolistic, or


c, otherwise distorting the general economy;


2, prohibitions against any form of interference in the affairs of;


a, government,


b, education,


c, news media, or


d, healthcare, and


3, provisions for;


a, the auditing of standardized, current, and transparent account books, and


b, the establishment of a state and municipal-owned banking system


c, civil and criminal penalties to be suffered by corporate executives for violation of the terms of a corporate charter.


Global Douche's picture

Some excellent thoughts here, but isn't the Federal Government itself a corporation, as well as States and Municipalities? Corporations doing business with external corporations. Having worked in media and occasionally covering news in my past, I got the chance to learn about how corporate this all is before the cable TV brought on city council meetings, not often attended by the public unless a NIMBY situation presents itself. 

As part of any reform, the Government MUST include itself for the corporate status it takes, but with no exemptions for their sovereignty. I know that's asking them too much, but it's much like Social Insecurity if one really applies their thinking to the matter. It won't get fixed until those running the asylum have to accept it, too!

Drater's picture

You post this in every ZH story comment section

IProtectYou's picture

very refreshing to read some smart and well articulated thoughts on 0hedge.

aloha_snakbar's picture

Its all about the money. I got laid off of my last job 4.5 years ago. I have worked every type of construction, both as the guy with the tools and as supervisor, hard rock miner, ironworker, I am an experienced and certified welder, etc. This last time, after unemployment ran out, I sent for a contractor licensing 'package', thinking I might go that route. I took one look at all of the requirements, background checks, fees, and said fuck it and tossed it in the trash. WAY too much hassle... for what? So they can have a leash around my neck, collect money from me every year, and then you have to try to compete with the guys working out of a station wagon who are NOT licensed... screw that. I am now happily 'no longer in the work force', and years and years of experience will just go to waste. Who cares... I know I dont...