This past Friday my wife and I were enjoying what well could be the last summer evening for the year. As we passed the corner of Second Ave and Bell there was the ever present of smell of vender prepared hot dogs, with one cart on the south east corner, one on the south west corner and yet a third on the north east corner, all well-lit and open for business. On the remaining darkened corner there was the ever vigilant drug runner, a couple ladies attempting to sell their services and a package of unknown content being exchanged for a fist full of cash.
The tranquility of the evening was interrupt as a Seattle patrol cruiser with lights flashing entered the scene. Giving the unsuspecting violator no chance to flee as the officer sprung from his vehicle demanding that the newest interloper to the street vending scene produce the required documentation. The north east and south west corners had long been the territory of Monster Dog. How dare a Japanese usurper attempt to violate the domain so long coveted by the established dog purveyor of the neighborhood? How dare a Japanize American vendor would even attempt to force his interpretation of an American classic on the unsuspecting public? Truly it must be a crime to added seaweed, other unknown vegetables and sauces to a tube of meat products on a Kiser roll.
Thanks to the Seattle PD we can all sleep with comfort with the knowledge that unlawful street vendor will not be tolerated, that along with the enforcement of parking regulations, jay walking and other public safety violations. How fortunate we are to have a responsible, proactive policing agency out there to protect us from those criminals that frequent our streets.
The ladies of the evening, the drug runner still on the north west corner watched with amusement as the young man of Japanize decent search through his documentation for the proof that he was in fact properly permitted. Prove that he had obtain the necessary permits and paid the require fees. Thanks Seattle for establishing priorities that keep us all so safe as we walk our neighbor hoods each evening.