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California Today: Outpouring Over an Aggrieved Hot Dog Vendor


A video showing a U.C. Berkeley police officer taking money from a hot dog vendor was shared widely online.

Martin Flores

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A stunned look fell over the hot dog vendor’s face as a police officer, ticketing him for lacking a permit, reached into the man’s wallet and pulled out $60.

The vendor and a passer-by recording the exchange protested. “That’s not right,” said the cameraman.

“That’s how it works,” replied the officer, of U.C. Berkeley’s police department.

And now, video of the encounter outside a Golden Bears football game Saturday has become a fixation of the internet outrage machine.

Uploaded over the weekend, it’s been watched millions of times and prompted demands for the officer’s firing.


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