My Name is Paul H Cosentino. I started this Blog in 2011 because of what I believe to be wrongdoings in town government. This Blog is to keep the citizens of Templeton informed. It is also for the citizens of Templeton to post their comments and concerns.
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.
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.
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.
food on street corners violates county ordinances and public health
codes. Persistent street vending harms local businesses, especially
small, start-up food vendors…
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.
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.
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.”
the 24th Amendment outlawed the poll tax, saying the right to vote had
been abridged by charging citizens money in order to exercise that
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.
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.”
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).
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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?)
whole situation is just absurd. We don’t need police running around
arresting vegetable vendors–we don’t even need them arresting drug
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
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.
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.