After Cops Stole His Cash for Selling Unlawful Hot Dogs, The Internet Gave Him $57,000

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Berkeley, CA — Berkeley police are in the spotlight this week after one of their officers not only cited a man for selling hot dogs to willing customers without a permit but then opened up his wallet and robbed him of his cash as well.

The entire robbery was captured on video and subsequently went viral. But that was only the beginning. Showing how much society respects hard working entrepreneurs while decrying the police state that robs them, a Go Fund Me for the hot dog vendor has raised over $57,000.

The Go Fund Me campaign was started by the person who was brave enough to question authority and film the road side robbery. According to the campaign:

The funds raised will be utilized to cover legal and personal loses. In addition, funds in excess are to cover other vendors who have been robbed of their hard earned living through citations and removal of their carts. It is my goal to locate Juan in Berkeley. Any and all help to support and locate him is welcome.

On Monday, the video became so viral that UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor Scott Biddy had to issue a statement, in which he justified the theft of the hot dog vendor’s money.

“While I cannot comment on the specifics of this particular case, our practice is to issue warnings before giving a citation,” Biddy said. “In a case such as this, it is typical to collect any suspected illegal funds and enter them into evidence.”

According to NBC 5, UCPD officials said that three other people were warned about vending without a permit, but the vendor in the video was the only person who was given a ticket.

Perhaps it was because he had the thickest wallet.

Whether or not the money in the man’s wallet was from selling unlicensed hot dogs remains to be answered. However, that was apparently of no importance to UC police officer Sean Aranas who found it necessary to confiscate it all.

Yes, selling food without first paying the government for permission—known as a permit—is against the law. However, this does not in any way justify this incident.

“That’s not right man, that’s not right,” Martin Flores, the man who took the video, said as he used his phone to record Aranas issuing the hot dog vendor, Beto, a ticket.

“That’s how it works,” the male officer responded. “Take it to a judge, and the judge can decide whether or not it’s right.”

The officer then took the money out of the vendor’s wallet, and when he began to protest in Spanish, the officer told him to “Back up.”

“You’re going to take his hard-earned money?” Flores asked. The officer replied, “Yep.”

“He doesn’t have a permit,” the officer replied as he dug through Beto’s wallet to steal his cash. “Yep. This is law and order in action.”

In an interview with NBC Bay Area’s sister station Telemundo, the street vendor said he holds down a regular job in construction. He was selling hot dogs to earn a little extra money, he said.

“People saw I wasn’t doing anything wrong,” he said of the response to the video. “I wasn’t stealing or drinking. I was just working to sustain my family.”

As TFTP has reported, in the Land of the Free, if you do not pay the State before you attempt to sell a product or service to a willing customer, you can and will be extorted, kidnapped and caged, with extreme prejudice.

Sadly, Americans are being conditioned to think that in the land of the free, people are somehow morally wrong if they try to make a dollar without first being extorted by the state.

The bottom line is — in modern day police state, USA — exchanging goods and services is a crime unless the State gets their cut. We are told that this is for our safety and that we could all die if a brown man sells unlicensed hot dogs on the road side. But nothing could be further from the truth.

Morality does not equal reality — and the video above is more than enough evidence to prove this.

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Wells Fargo Charged 800,000 Customers for Fake Car Insurance, Stole 25,000 Cars—Nobody Charged

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One of the largest banks in the United States is no stranger to scandal, and the latest case of fraud surrounding Wells Fargo has affected nearly 1 million people, with many of them still paying the price for fraudulent charges attached to their accounts.

According to an internal report from the bank’s executives, detailed in a report by The New York Times this week, more than 800,000 people who took out car loans from Wells Fargo were charged for auto insurance they did not need, and the additional expenses pushed roughly 274,000 Wells Fargo customers into delinquency and resulted in almost 25,000 wrongful vehicle repossession.”

The report looked at the insurance policies sold to Wells Fargo customers from January 2012 to July 2016. State insurance regulations required the bank to notify customers of the insurance policy—which was typically more expensive than the auto insurance customers had already purchased—before it was imposed. However, the report found that in many cases, Wells Fargo did not comply.

As a result, estimates from the report claimed that Wells Fargo now owes at least $73 million to wronged customers. According to The Times, “Wells Fargo officials confirmed that the improper insurance practices took place and said the bank was determined to make customers whole.”

This is not the first time Wells Fargo has found itself at the center of a scandal…

In August 2010, Wells Fargo came under fire for stealing millions from its customers through excessive overdraft fees, which included the practice of manipulating the order in which transactions are processed, in order to capitalize on the overdraft fees customers are issued as a result.

A district court judge in California weighed in on the practice, and determined that Wells Fargo “acted in bad faith” by manipulating transactions, and that “no credible evidence was presented at trial to support the bank’s argument that high-to-low resequencing was deployed [because] customers wanted or benefitted from it.” The judge came to the conclusion that gouging and profiteering were Wells Fargo’s true motivations.”

As The Free Thought Project reported in April 2016, Wells Fargo admitted that it “falsely certified that many of its home loans qualified for Federal Housing Administration insurance” from 2001 to 2008, and it “failed to file timely reports on several thousand loans that had material defects or were badly underwritten” from 2002 to 2010.

However, despite the shocking admission from the megabank that it deceived both the U.S. government and thousands of Americans for nearly a decade, no one was charged and Wells Fargo was not held accountable for its contribution to the housing market collapse.

In September 2016, federal regulators revealed that Wells Fargo employees had secretly created nearly 2 million unauthorized bank and credit card accounts since 2011. Customers were forced to pay fraudulent charges, and the employees who created the accounts were rewarded with sales bonuses.

As a result, Wells Fargo claimed it fired 5,300 employees for ethics violations. However, many of the former employees who spoke out about the bank’s fraudulent practices claimed that they were fired because they attempted to report the fraud to the bank’s internal ethics line.

Now, in addition to contributing to the housing market collapse, the latest report has revealed that Wells Fargo also harmed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans by sending them into debt, and even repossessing their cars, all over fraudulent charges. And yet, to go along with the incredulous fact that the bank still has customers, its ties to the U.S. government have also ensured that top executives are unlikely to face any accountability for its actions.

Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/wells-fargo-charges-800000-customers-for-fake-car-insurance-steals-25000-cars/

BC Gov’t Stole Our World Class Resort

 

July 3, 2017

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Speaking of Government crimes, check out the attacks against our family who ran the 114 acre beachfront, Pacific Rim Resort and Campground in Tofino, B.C. for 30 years. We paid $1.5 million for it in 1985. It was stolen from us by the Government of British Columbia in what is the biggest domestic terrorist attack in Canada, 2009 to now. 

We refused to sell our  home and resort business, which was our only livelihood and our life, to the BC Government’s “British Columbia Investment Management Corporation” (BCIMC) for 15% of their land’s appraised value. Mysteriously, our home, resort office, and staff quarters were hit with multiple arson attacks. sign7.jpgclark-lng-20160204.jpg

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Source Article from https://www.henrymakow.com/2017/07/government-stole-our-resort.html

BC Gov’t Stole Our World Class Resort

 

July 3, 2017

paradise.jpg

Speaking of Government crimes, check out the attacks against our family who ran the 114 acre beachfront, Pacific Rim Resort and Campground in Tofino, B.C. for 30 years. We paid $1.5 million for it in 1985. It was stolen from us by the Government of British Columbia in what is the biggest domestic terrorist attack in Canada, 2009 to now. 

We refused to sell our  home and resort business, which was our only livelihood and our life, to the BC Government’s “British Columbia Investment Management Corporation” (BCIMC) for 15% of their land’s appraised value. Mysteriously, our home, resort office, and staff quarters were hit with multiple arson attacks. sign7.jpgclark-lng-20160204.jpg

John Sep_15_020 (1).jpg

Source Article from https://www.henrymakow.com/2017/07/government-stole-our-resort.html