Juan, a Street Vendor in Berkeley, Gets His Money Taken Away by Police for Selling Hot Dogs Without Permit

Sep 10, 2017
4:00 PM

A series of videos posted on Twitter by @Moreno showing University of California at Berkeley police taking away the money from a hot dog vendor (named Beto, but also known as Juan) after a University of California football game has gone viral.

The videos have lead to a online petition by Martin Flores (who filmed the videos) to raise money for the vendor. As of this posting, close to $50,000 has been raised. Here is what Flores posted about the incident:

This is the official go fund me account for justice4Juan the hotdog vendor at UC Berkeley. 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 Saturday, September 9, 2017 I took my children to enjoy a Cal Beekeley football game. We had a great time. After the game I promised them that I would support the hotdog vendors by buying food from them. I captured this video as we were interrupted by UC Berkeley Police officer. Thank you for your compassion to support this effort.

We thought California wasn’t a state that allowed for civil forfeiture of assets, ever since it became law in 2016.


By the way, Flores connected with Juan: