Pay the protection money or lose your produce stand, serf!
“It 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.
Licensing 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.
But 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 California responded on Facebook to the public outrage, including thousands of criticisms posted to their Facebook page.
Selling food on street corners violates county ordinances and public health codes. Persistent street vending harms local businesses, especially small, start-up food vendors…
There 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.
It 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.”
Though it looks like this guy may a reseller of produce, not a direct grower, the point is valid.
When you can’t run something as simple as a produce stand without paying off the government to do so, you are not free.
Yesterday morning a local guy stopped by my gate. With him, he had a half-dozen potted herb plants for sale. Thyme, oregano, mint, basil… I asked him how much he was selling for and he said I could have all of them together for about $7.50 US.
I can also use a few more herbs in the garden, so I thanked him and bought the set.
Back in the US, this transaction would be ILLEGAL.
You can’t have a plant nursery without a license. Multiple licenses, in fact. You need to register with the IRS, the state government, the local USDA or equivalent, etc. Your property needs to be inspected.
Show me your papers!
People should have the choice to grow and sell whatever plant they like… and people should be able to buy what they like. It’s basic freedom.
Caveat emptor applies, as always, but that’s the way a free market works.
The key word is “free.”