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Video: NYPD Cops Arrest a Woman For Selling Churros in the Subway

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Several NYPD officers arrested a woman for selling churros in a New York city subway station Friday night, saving the city from the forces of chaos and destruction.

New Yorker Sofia Newman posted footage of the arrest on Twitter Friday night:

According to Newman's follow-up tweets, the officers told the woman she could either allow her cart to be confiscated and receive a fine, or they could take her cart and arrest her.

The woman was eventually handcuffed, and her and her cart were taken away: 

 

The NYPD did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It's unclear what the woman was arrested for, but the NYPD has periodically cracked down on churro vendors over the years for selling food without a license or vending without authorization from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. In 2014, the NYPD arrested 89 churro sellers and other underground vendors.

This summer, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that 500 more police officers would be patrolling New York City's subways to crack down on fare evasion and other petty offenses. The Daily Beast reported:

According to the latest NYPD stats, fare evasion enforcement is up 50 percent, even with fewer arrests. The department has issued 21,000 more civil summonses for fare evasion in 2019 than in 2018, while arrests have gone down 47 percent for the same time period from 5,195 to 2,773. Over a two-year span, arrests for evasion are down 82 percent.

The influx of police has drawn criticism and protests, including mass fare evasion, from New Yorkers who say the police have better things to do than storm subway cars and point their guns at an unarmed fare-hopper, or arrest churro ladies.

Unfortunately, harassing street vendors isn't exclusive to New York City. In 2017, footage of a Berkeley cop seizing cash out of an unlicensed hot dog vendor's wallet went viral. Or there was Los Angeles' war on bacon-wrapped hot dog vendors. Wherever a person is trying to scrape out a living, you can be sure there's a government official not far away looking for an excuse to shut them down.

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  1. Are we sure they weren’t shitty churros?

    1. They seem to have trouble discerning a $2 fare-jumper from a bomb-toting terrorist, so I am not inclined to put much faith in their culinary assessment.

    2. I’m surprised you’re not pointing out the obvious. She’s probably illegal. Only illegals would be selling churros on the subway anyway. Almost certainly illegal rapists and other bad guys would be the major buyers. Hell this could have been the tippy-top of a major drug-dealing iceberg. What better way to distribute drugs than through a cash-based ‘churro’ operation anyway? This is exactly the way the Mexicans undermine non-shithole society everywhere they go.

      And it is no surprise that NYC is a sanctuary city. The police action here deliberately thwarted a major sting operation against illegals that probably could have netted ten thousand – maybe trillions – of illegals.

      1. Yeah, fuck off. I lived in a city with a lot of immigrants, and setting up a cart was a quick way to make your own way in the world. No welfare. No handouts. Be your own businessman and make your way in the world. It was a mark of status for these immigrants. I don’t see no pasty white kids making their own way, they’re all in college whining for free tuition.

  2. At least they didn’t choke her to death. So, she’s got that going for her. I wonder, do the cops get a urge to shoot the hot dogs, or just seize them for the victory beer party after.

  3. From “I can’t breathe!” to “You can’t eat!” Progressive progress, wot?

    1. So long as you label it “progressive” you are clear of responsibility.

    2. Yeah progressives totally love those arrests while conservatives are just outraged. What world do you live in?

      1. The one where little old women are arrested for engaging in unapproved participation in markets.

        For the record, I dislike this and expect it to end both terribly and predictably for everyone.

      2. Yeah progressives totally love those arrests while conservatives are just outraged. What world do you live in?

        The one in which NYC is a bastion of progressivism.

        That woman was arrested because of laws made by progressives. Laws maintained by progressives, and by cops employed by progressives.

        Eric Garner is dead because of more of those fucking progressive laws–he was accused of interfering with their right to squeeze even more tax dollars out of a pack of cigarettes.

      3. Funny how this shit always happens in prog HQ and not supposed RWDS patrol territory.

  4. The land of liberty, freedom and opportunity.

    Except for unlicensed churros, hot dogs, loose cigarettes, joints, hair extensions, chicken plucking. Law and order.

    1. It’s the home of the brave and the land of the free
      Where the less you know the better off you’ll be

      As explained by Warren Zevon

  5. Local New Yorkers once told me (tongue-in-cheek) that the primary purpose of the NYPD was to make sure street vendors were charging city sales tax, and it doesn’t surprise me if this boils down to the same thing. If you let just anyone sell churros without a license, there’s no point in the city collecting fees to grant a license.

    Tariffs work pretty much the same way. It should be noted that the woman being arrested isn’t the only victim here. What about all the people who wanted to buy her delicious churros? There is no benefit to consumers because of the existence of those licenses. It’s just rent seeking. It’s basically a protection racket enforced by the police.

    1. Sad to see you’ve succumbed to anti-libertarian political establishment assumptions, that we need “the city collecting fees to grant a license.” As a libertarian, I see no reason for government to “regulate business” when the free market does a far better job, limiting competition to established businesses that don’t want competition.

      The real problem, is the assumption by many that government should protect us from businesses, by regulating them, instead of allowing common law courts to do it. Which would happen when a business is sued for fraud or harming a customer.

      Libertarians should be looking for free market solutions to problems. Arresting people for offering something in return for money, is just the political class intruding where they don’t belong in a free and prosperous society. But they sure want to be there, because “That’s where the money is” as Willie Sutton the short sighted bank robber told us about banks. The really big money is in business of which banking is a small subset. If you add Bank of America and JP Morgan’s profit last year, it’s only about 2% of GDP.

      1. I made a math error, BofA and JPM’s profits are only 0.2% of GDP.

    2. “”Local New Yorkers once told me (tongue-in-cheek) that the primary purpose of the NYPD was to make sure street vendors were charging city sales tax,””

      Those social services won’t pay for themselves.

  6. This is why I have no sympathy for dead cops. Good riddance to these petty tyrants.

    1. Murder as the penalty for enforcing minor civil infractions on street peddlers certainly seems fair and reasonable. I can see why people take your ideology so seriously and you are experiencing such wild success in obtaining public support for your cause.

      1. Murder as the penalty for enforcing minor civil infractions on kulaks and wreckersstreet peddlers certainly seems excessivefair and reasonable. I can’tcan see why people take your ideology so seriously and you are experiencing such wild success in obtaining public support for your cause.

      2. And get up off of your damn knees.

      3. The police seem to think that summary execution is an acceptable penalty for selling loose cigarettes.

      4. I say it’s perfectly fair. The founders the US killed over a 2% tax on tea.

  7. Fine work by those heroes in blue. This scoflaw bitch deserves everything she gets. This wont be her first offence either. She probably started out breaking windows, moved up to selling food without a permit and if they hadn’t stopped her would be soon running an illegal-food cartel selling highly sugared snacks to children!!

  8. Illegal churro seller, I am told by my inside sources, was ALSO a blower-upon non-prescribed CHEAP PLASTIC FLUTES!!! Oh, the horror! Who knows WHAT untold suffering could be unleashed upon our helpless nation, if it wasn’t for New York’s Finest, PROTECTING us from un-prescribed, dangerous, addictive “lung flutes”!!!

    To find precise details on what NOT to do, to avoid the flute police, please see http://www.churchofsqrls.com/DONT_DO_THIS/ … This has been a pubic service, courtesy of the Church of SQRLS!

  9. You can do it your own way, if it’s done just how I say.

    1. Freedom of choice is made for you, my friend.

  10. Libertarianism: the belief that the government should be large enough to build, maintain and operate a sophisticated transit system used by 8 million people, but too small to collect fares from its riders or enforce any rules to effectuate unencumbered access to it.

    1. Libertarianism: the belief that the government should be large enough to protect the rights of the individual, including property and trade rights. build, maintain and operate a sophisticated transit system used by 8 million people, but too small to collect fares from its riders or enforce any rules to effectuate unencumbered access to it.

      There was a time when mass transit was handled by private companies.

      1. There was a time when mass transit was handled by private companies.

        Rather than lauding those days without even the slightest knowledge of them, maybe you’d enjoy reading about them. Say a biography of Hazen Pingree – mayor of Detroit in the 1890’s. Or Tom Johnson – who owned the Detroit Streetcar Co in the 1890’s (battling with Hazen Pingree) and then became the Mayor of Cleveland in the 1900’s. Both of whom are considered among the best mayors in US history.

        1. Please point to the part where I lauded them.

          1. When you strike out the line about a muni owning/operating the transit system, you are lauding the opposite. Both Pingree and Johnson were the mayors who drove that whole movement for muni-ownership nationwide. And in both cases, they advocated it for exactly the opposite reason you might think. They did so to institute competition in a market structure that tended toward private monopoly dependent on cronyism which corrupted the entirety of government. And in Johnson’s case, he had made his fortune running those private streetcar companies and he knew all the ways in which he could undermine every other way the munis had of trying to break the monopoly.

            Those muni operations have over time become as monopolistic and rent-seeking as the old private operations were. The market structure itself hasn’t changed. But the only way to change that now is to understand why they came into being rather than simply to voice an old ideology that in fact caused the very problems then that muni-ownership was intended to solve (and did solve for a few decades).

            1. Its almost like services that require a sprawling network to function, necessitating tons of rights of way and easement access tend towards a natural monopoly. Huh.

    2. You won’t find any libertarians that are fans of government-run mass transit.

    3. Bruce, libertarians don’t believe government should be large enough to build, maintain, and operate a decaying, last generation transit system used by 8 million people *AND STILL CAN’T COVER ITS COSTS FROM USER FEE* at all.

      If you’re going to strawman us, you should at least understand what out position is.

      1. “If you’re going to strawman us, you should at least understand what out position is.”

        I think that would defeat the purpose of strawmanning.

    4. …enforce any rules to effectuate unencumbered access to it.

      These churros were not big enough to block the train. See, you can clearly see in the photo that the large armed men blocking the churros are much bigger than the churros, and that the churros are no where near big enough to block the train. If only we had a mindset that effectuated unencumbered access to churros and markets, maybe those large armed men wouldn’t be such an obstacle to disadvantaged populations just trying to live their best life.

  11. I hope the precinct enjoyed their free churros.

    1. They couldn’t figure out how to eat them until someone connected the ends of a churro together.

      1. *golf clap*

  12. Sofia B. Newman is a hardcore SJW socialist. There’s just no hero in this story.

    Her description on her twitter page – NYC-based actor, musician, singer, writer. She/her/hers pronouns.

    1. Unionized government thugs arrest SJW socialist in Commie-run progressive utopia? Seems like just a “dog bites man” story.

      This magazine has been going progressively down hill for almost 21 years now.

      1. Go back and read what i wrote. She’s the one who tweeted the arrest. They didn’t arrest her.

      2. Really? Progressively?
        I hope that was on purpose

    2. Is the twitter page in English?
      Asking for an amigo – – – –

      1. It is. And I’m sure she’s really sorry about it.

  13. Don’t the cops have anything better to do than to hassle churro vendors? Sheesh.
    What a ridiculous waste of police resources.
    On the bright side, at least they’re not seizing houses over an $8 tax debt.

    1. That’s Michigan. In New York, they choke you to death for a $8 tax liability.

    2. Chem (and Unicorn)….Time for a contrarian view.

      Now I ride the E-Train every week. I see vendors of all varieties. Hell, I see various life forms of different colors, shapes and sizes on the E-Train. Frre entertainment every day. 🙂 This lady had no license and was peddling food of an unknown provence. Sorry, but that is no longer going to fly. That worked a century ago….not today. How do you know the food is not contaminated? Or undercooked? Or spiked with a poison like ricin? The answer is you don’t.

      Every once in a while I will buy a belt or something from an ‘unlicensed’ vendor. Probably stolen goods, but I cannot prove it one way or the other. Leather belts for 3 bucks? Yeah, I’m down for that. Prepared food from some lady off the street? Uh….No!

      I’m looking at that picture (and video) and I am certain this lady knew the deal. She knew the cops hassling her is a risk.

      But here is what I really want to know (I have an inquiring mind): Is CJ Ciaramella related to Eric Ciaramella?

      1. Atlas….Time for a contrary contrarian point of view.

        I’m sure the E-train is a great place for people watching. Men In Black was probably an understatement.

        But you do know that someone with a license can also poison your food. How do you know it isn’t contaminated? Or undercooked? Or spiked with a poison like ricin? The answer is you don’t.

        I’m sure this woman knew the risk. How much would getting all the proper licensing and permits would cost? I’d be she weighed the risk against that.

        And then there’s the cost of procuring ricin. Believe me, it’s tougher than you think

        Forget I said that last part.

        1. You’re right, Unicorn wrt licensed vendors. I mean, Mohammed with his street cart serving up halal chicken could secretly be a terrorist wannabe. It is possible.

          But I’ll play the odds on this one. Besides, I tend to shy away from ‘Street Meat’. It could offend my delicate sensibilities….hehehe. 🙂

          1. slightly non-libertarian compromise – non-licensed vendors can post a sign saying so. Let customers decide if the license means anything.

  14. Eventually, they cuffed her and unceremoniously dragged her and her cart away.

    She is just another inanimate object on the conveyor belt of criminal justice. The next worker down the industrial line will treat her with about the same disdain.

  15. “It’s unclear what the woman was arrested for”

    Why did you bother writing the article then?

    1. For the opportunity to personally profit off the arrest of this little old woman, of course. It will serve her no benefit, they’ll forget all about her in a week or two, but the point is that they captured and sold our eyeballs. Your values and emotions? Commodities. Nothing will change, no progress will be made, enjoy your rage engagement as problems remain unresolved and we descend into hell.

      😀

    1. “You’re tax dollars………at work”! ™

      1. At least they didn’t confiscate a shipment of hemp and brag about their theft while posing like douche bags!
        Oh, wait….

  16. She’s probably an illegal so good. Besides, churros are un American — donuts forever!

    1. I get the dude selling churros on the corner down the street from me has family that has resided in this area since before there was a U.S., probably before the first English bastard ever came here.

  17. I am unclear as to why anyone would think you can set up a shop where they want to? The arrest seems over the top but maybe she has been a repeated nuisance and soon we do not know if she was really charged.

    1. Apparently this is the tenth time she’s been cited in the last five months.

      I guess she makes enough selling churros to cover the fines.

    2. “why anyone would think you can set up a shop where they want to?”

      In general I think anyone who wants to sell in public should be able to do so. And they should be free to set up wherever they want.

      However, in a place like the NYC subway system there no doubt are more desirable locations than others. So it is a valid question to ask how the inevitable conflicts over turf will be sorted out.

      Because, rest assured, if she is not dealing with the City then she is almost certainly dealing with another sort of zoning and business control organization.

  18. Can see most posters haven’t spent a day in NYC. The subways are full of human refuse, feces, homeless encampments, and all sorts of peddlers and swindlers. It would be nice for the subways to resemble something like a first world transportation hub rather than a third world bazaar full of central American grifters and criminals.

    1. The subways are full of human refuse

      Uh, they’re called “New Yorkers”.

  19. This is why I have no sympathy for dead cops

  20. “Her and her cart”? JTFC.

  21. “Bacon-wrapped hot dog vendors”? Why do the hot dog vendors wrap themselves in bacon? If it’s just to trigger Muslims that’s rude but not really actionable.

    1. You pay extra for a stripper dressed in only three pieces of bacon…

  22. they have an ordinance against selling ‘loosy’ churros

  23. In a more sane city, they would just give her a warning ticket and tell her to move. Only in New York do they feel compelled to handcuff and arrest churros ladies.

    This lady was an entrepreneur. Her own cart, making her own way in the world, Selling sweet goodness to harried commuters. Bastard cops. Prolly they were told by the department to hassle anyone who didn’t look like a pasty yank.

  24. “It’s unclear what the woman was arrested for”
    Why did you bother writing the article then?
    Anyway thanks for this post. See Stylish Pubg Names

  25. There’s always more to the story.

    “In a statement to The Washington Post, the New York Police Department said the woman, who has not been identified, had been issued 10 summonses in the past five months for unlicensed vending at the same subway stop.””

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/11/11/woman-selling-churros-nyc-subway-handcuffed-by-police-viral-video/

    1. I figured something like this was going on.

  26. This reminds me of the guy that was arrested at a train station in San Francisco earlier that same day. He was arrested for eating while black in a so called no food zone. https://copblaster.com/blast/3288/bart-cop-david-mccormick-arrested-a-man-for-eating-while-black

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