The Chicago Sun Times reports food truck operators in Chicago have met with a police crackdown. Some operators report officers lying in wait for the mobile food services to show up, threatening a variety of citations before the trucks even open their doors. How is that possible? The miracle of the Internet. Operators routinely announce their location or route for the day on social networking tools like Twitter or Facebook. While the Chicago Police Department hasn't said whether or not officers are mining the web for locations, it seems likely.

Food trucks have emerged as a popular way to grab a quick lunch bite in Chicago over the past year, though owners face charges from parking in loading zones to operating too close to an existing restaurant. A group of operators recently met with city officials in an attempt to establish new ordinances governing the trucks' legal operation. During the meeting, the city asked for a list of the most popular food truck spots, and it wasn't long before the police were waiting for them when business time rolled around.


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      SublimeKnight
      • 2 Years Ago
      27 shot, 9 dead just this past weekend... but by all means go after that meatball truck that's parked too close to a restaurant.
      Sachin Doshi
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good to know the cops of Chicago are doing something productive. God forbid they worry about the serious crimes
      Stephen Meade
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow...that pretty crappy. Asking for a list of popular spots in good faith negotiations and than using it against them. I see Chicago politics are just as crooked as ever.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Polly Prissy Pants
        • 2 Years Ago
        Handing out tickets raises money for the city - arresting murderers and burglars does not. In fact that may even cost the city money. Shouldn't be surprising where their priorities lie.
        TT NYC
        • 2 Years Ago
        you beat me to it...first thought was "oh good, this must mean all the other crimes have been solved."
        Making11s
        • 2 Years Ago
        Yeah. Bicycle cops should be investigating murders.
          TT NYC
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Making11s
          @ Making11s - sorry for the typo, imeant to say criminal duties at first. does that make more sense? also, these trucks dont block traffic any more than a normal street-parked car blocks traffic. you have street-parked cars in chicago, dont you? my point is that harrassing entrepreneurs for these "violations" has nothing to do with the violation itself--it's merely law enforcement trying to meet economic quotas. if it were an honest attempt to make living better for chicagoans, this would be a criminal issue, much the way tax-evasion is.
        Shane Gardner
        • 2 Years Ago
        Cause all other legal issues should be ignored until then, am I rite?
          TT NYC
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Shane Gardner
          issues involving the personal safety/wellbeing of the city's inhabitants--ie civic duties--should always supercede economic initiatives (read: shakedowns) like this. we pay taxes to ensure our government offices are funded. these shakedowns only occur because our elected officials have no financial discipline or respect for taxpayer money. if this were really about the good of society at large, there would be a criminal charge to violators. there is not. just a fine and away you go. it operates the same as a toll booth.
          Making11s
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Shane Gardner
          @TT NYC Blocking traffic is a civic issue. Selling food in an area where you're not legally allowed in a civic issue. Do you honestly think fining food trucks for violating basic ordinances is anyone's attempt at balancing the budget?
      Alex
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like someone didn't pay the mayors office enough money this month.
      Sj027
      • 2 Years Ago
      I see the police state envisioned by our lawmakers is coming along splendidly!
      RMR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mayor Napolean has continued in the ways of ex-Mayor Daley, who was no prince. But Mayor Napolean Emauel makes Daley look like a choirboy. The City of 'big shoulders' is turning into a real cluter- ---k...... The 'roach coaches' that serve most construction sites don't suffer the same fates as the bigger-sized vendor. Just show a little cash and bingo!! The law disappears!!! That's really not new - but the way the city is 'pumping-up' is pretty nasty. The latest HUGE rip-off is the BIGGER than BIG Chicago infrastructure/renewal project paid for by an 'equity partner trust' made up of the BIG Billionaire money-men who are nameless. The whole 'plan' is in the hidden details that is what amounts to selling off the biggest parts of Chicago's infrastructure. Mayor Napolean introduced the 'plan' and gave the City Council just TWO WEEKS to review the idea. NO public input - in facft, no one from outside a tight gruop is allowed to even sit on the 'Board' - no open meetings - nothing. "Evacuate the city, your rights have been changed to protect the guilty".........It's been said that Illinois (and Chcago) has the best politicians money can buy......
      RMR
      • 2 Years Ago
      In regards to the 'mafia' comments and money, and the Irish, etc.... That Chicago IS still alive, but there's a whole NEW gang in town led by Mayor Napolean Emanuel and his gang is made of REALLY BIG international money. They want things 'cleaned up' - stomp some more, goose step some more - this is all stepping into a realm that didn't exist 10 years ago like it does now. Welcome to the new american city and get away while you can.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 2 Years Ago
      In Chicago? Surely not.
      Basil Exposition
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't see what the problem is here. Food trucks are not allowed to operate in loading zones or in front of restaurants, and for good reason. If the police are using social networking to help enforce these rules, what is wrong with that?
        Making11s
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        The truth is there's nothing to see here. The only ones "outraged" are the ones who lack even the most basic understanding of how city governments work. Nothing described in this article is unique to Chicago, but Chicago itself is an easy political target for those with a bad case of generalized partisan anger.
      thedriveatfive
      • 2 Years Ago
      The real crime of the food trucks was apparently there unwillingness to dispense donuts.
      dukeisduke
      • 2 Years Ago
      Welcome to Crook County, Illinois. Home base for your president.
        razorpit
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dukeisduke
        I love how a fact can get you negative votes around here. Shh you're not suppose to talk about stuff like that around here.... ;-)
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