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Tuesday, 21 August 2012

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Only One Slice to a Customer!

New York, NY: New York City (NYC) Mayor Michael Bloomberg intends to restrict sugary soft drink sales to less than 16 ounce servings at city restaurants, movie theaters and stadiums.

NYC street vendors met with the mayor over concerns that the proposed restriction applies to their food businesses being classified as a restaurant. Rumors pertaining to restricting portion sizes, e.g. one hot dog per transaction were also discussed. The mayor was noncommittal in both instances.

NYC street vendors operate out of both food trucks and food carts. They sell frankfurters (hot dogs, corn dogs, chili dogs), sweet potatoes, chestnuts, pizza, falafel, gyros, kebobs, tortilla based snacks (tacos, burritos), Panini, crêpes, French fries, egg rolls, pretzels, ice cream, gourmet meals and soft drinks.

NYC street vendors have subsequently initiated a Starve Wall Street movement to deprive stockbroker lunch crowds of vittles in Manhattan's Financial District. This strike could bring Wall Street to a screeching halt, which the Occupy Wall Street protesters' couldn't do.

A NYC street vendor spokesperson indicated the food-out will last until the mayor exempts street vendor food sales from any restrictions.

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