March 22, 2004

Bangladeshi street vendors in NY City complain of police harassment

This isn't fair:

When police come to us, they don't give us respect, they don't ask us nothing. They just come to us, maybe they stay inside the van and say "hey food guy, bring your license." They write the ticket without even getting out of the car. Sometimes they are even smoking while writing tickets.

Last year I got 27 tickets, from $300 to $2,000. They are usually for being less than 20 feet from a store entrance, but I�m 26 feet from the door. I have a tape measure but the police don't want to measure it; they just take the license and give the ticket.

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