- Posted March 30, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
America! ... The Dream!
The ambulatory street vendor is available to serve his or her goods to passers by with total disregard to Health and Safety laws. Adults, children, and dogs with owners in tow stop to buy the "street vendor's" wares, often cooked or prepared on a grocery cart. It never ceases to amaze me that people would actually buy and eat anything from those carts. The corner "vendors" and the people that purchase food items from these carts are risking their health and safety.
The “street vendors” do not have any access to hot water for washing their hands or utensils... the entire situation is a health hazard. I appreciate the fact that America is the country of opportunity... where if you work hard, anyone can achieve their dreams... and the rest of it. But, the United States is a country of laws. Everyone here is expected to adhere to those laws, including the undocumented. Not because one is pursuing the "American dream" gives him or her a license where anything and everything goes.
When I see “street vendors” occupying roadway corners and freeway ramps as if it is customary and normal, they act as if they were in Tijuana, Mexico or somewhere in a Latin America country, where they do not have to follow health laws, or have none.
So, where is the Health Department in all of this? Why are they ignoring this very obvious illegal act that is placing the health of the population in jeopardy. Is the Health Department living up to their bad reputation, and once again, waiting for a citizen or a child to drop dead from eating foods purchased at one of the illegal carts before they do something?
At the risk of getting salmonella, e-coli, poisoning, or whatever else, "street vendors” move about freely, providing meats and other open-air prepared foods, potentially spreading illness and disease that are putting people in danger of damage to their health and well-being.
Are Hispanic immigrants systematically trying to turn the U.S in to a country like Mexico? A country where people "setup shop" anywhere they want without consideration for the public’s health and safety or the law? Or without respecting nearby law-abiding vendors who are licensed and pay rent and are regularly inspected to ensure basic conditions of good hygiene? Is that fair competition?
People should not immigrate to America expecting they are free now to "start" or bring their own “cultures,” customs, practices and behaviors when such are contrary to the laws of the United States.
The United States of America! The land of opportunity!
In pursuit of the American Dream … Even if you have to break the law and jeopardize the public’s health and safety?