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Unspeakable crime in Belltown

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.      

5 Comments on "Unspeakable crime in Belltown"

  1. They probably were not following the rules or the police were called by the property owner/renter – as happened to the hot dog stand that was in front of Wally’s for a few weeks (was not technically allowed to be there.)

    You cannot just plop down on a spot and claim it to be yours. You have to pay a fee to a business to rent a spot, have access to a bathroom within so many feet (50 I believe,) not be within so many feet (250 I believe) of a residence (this includes left, right and up,) and 15 feet from another business that sells prepared food.

    http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/cams/CAM2501.pdf

  2. oldschool98121 | September 6, 2011 at 2:43 pm |

    So the Seattle Police department now enforce health department regulations? I must wonder did the hookers have to supply bathrooms within 50 feet? Did the drug dealer need to have a permit? Is the open air drug market at the corner of 2nd and Bell within 250 feet of a residence?

  3. I’m not saying the police should overlook the drug lords, etc. Of course, I want them gone.

    I’m just saying, if he was on the corner of Mama’s (which would be the SE corner) that’s not a legit spot for vendors. And yes, when you call the police to report illegal vending, they sometimes come (we called at least 10 times over a few weeks until the Wally’s vendor was gone)just as they sometimes come when you call on the hookers/drug dealers.

    Also, did you do your part and report the hookers and drug dealers to 911?

  4. olddiver98121 | September 7, 2011 at 4:53 am |

    It’s all about priorities. I understand that in these days of budget cuts, furloughs and layoffs the city’s emphasis must be on generating revenue. Parking enforcement takes priority over property crime, the collection of fees over the crackdown on low level crime. The priorities are now focused on those with the deepest pockets not on the protection of the citizens.
    We were promised an increased police presents here in Belltown what we got was increased parking fees and extended parking hours. Yes for a brief period we did see bands of bicycle mounted police most often huddled together in doorways. What we needed was uniformed officers walking a beat, not mounted on bikes or safely passing through in patrol cars.
    An improperly permitted vendor is now more likely to draw attention from the authorities than a car theft. It is now more important to ticket the overtime parker then it is to apprehend the drug runner. We as citizens have an obligation to see that the priorities of the government are focused on public safety not on the just the generation of revenue.
    And no we did not call 911 to report the hookers or the drug dealing, 911 should be reserved for emergency responses not to report chronic issues. Calling 911 should be reserved for the reporting of a crime in progress or an emergency not for what should be an ongoing police investigation. Those calls should be directed to the SPD,s non emergency business number, which i have on my speed dial.

  5. So… if you have been to any event where Capt. Kessler is speaking, he will say – Call 911 to report any crime, including hookers & crackheads. In fact, the same operators that answer non emergency lines answer the 911 calls. If you talk to Bob & Tom (our daytime bike patrol officers) they will tell you the exact same thing.

    SPD bases where to step up patrols, etc, based on how many 911 calls go to each region.

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