The police in Los Angeles have their hands full trying to control, those potentially dangerous, out of control illegal street vendors. Especially at The Hollywood Santa Parade.
Eye witnessed, every 10 to 15 feet was another hot dog vendor. Well organized and plentiful, these rogue meat slingers tempt parade goers with the lofting sent of bacon wrapped hot dogs on the grill.
They have rolling carts with built in grills ready to fry something up in a matter of seconds. Problem is, no city food permits that regulate standards of food service, the cat and mouse game between officers and vendors is a ballet
of movement and sound.
The hot dog sellers are well equipped to fend off the advances of approaching officers. Utilizing walkie talkies, and whistles, the vendors are warned when officer are on their way. One minute the sellers are there, the next minute, they are scattering like doves from a hawk.
As Lou Gosset Jr passed parade goers in a 1930 Duesenburg, a man was running through the crowd, people were saying, "he has a gun"!, police were on him like white on rice, he was tackled and disappeared, never to be seen again.
That's the way it was on the corner of Sunset and Vine, in Hollywood, Sunday night.
They wanted $3.50 for a bacon dog.
From Sunset and Vine
Buck E Filbert
"People can rain on your parade only if you let them"