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Teens placed in handcuffs for selling water at the National Mall without a permit

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jnelsoninjax    12,386

Tourists visiting the National Mall in Washington D.C. in the summer can expect to occasionally see people on the street lugging coolers around and selling water.

Three teenagers, ranging in age from 16 and 17, were allegedly attempting to do just that before being handcuffed by plainclothes police officers Thursday afternoon.

Tim Krepp, a tour guide, took photos of the incident, which happened near the Washington Monument and posted them on Twitter. The post has since been retweeted more than 12,000 times as of Friday evening.

    Undercover @usparkpolicepio handcuffing kids on @NationalMallNPS for selling water. pic.twitter.com/7iSqP4UYMq
    — Tim Krepp (@timkrepp) June 22, 2017

Krepp got in heated debates on Twitter with various users throughout the day arguing the arrest was racist since the teens were African-American.

"My kids sell water and everyone smiles at them. These kids do it and get arrested. It IS racist," Krepp tweeted.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Park Police Sgt. Anna Rose, told U.S. News & World Report that the teens were detained for “illegally selling water” without a permit, and believed the whole situation “has gotten blown out of proportion.”

"Vending on the National Mall is illegal without a permit," Rose told U.S. News & World Report. "The National Park Service has a whole office dedicated to permitting."

The teens were held until their parents arrived. They were let off with a warning, according to WJLA.

Some Washington D.C. elected officials were concerned about the arrests.

After getting reports of the incident, D.C. Council member Charles Allen, a Democrat, sent a letter to the U.S. Park Police Chief.

"I can't help but think how the reaction by these same officers might have varied if different children had set up a quaint hand-painted lemonade stand on the same spot. While still the same violation of selling a beverage without proper permits and licenses, I doubt we would have seen little girls in pigtails handcuffed on the ground,” the letter read.

    CM @CharleAllen has sent a letter to @USParkPolice Chief Robert MacLean regarding handcuffing kids who were selling water on the Mall. pic.twitter.com/TruEFwTnfQ
    — CM Allen's Office (@CMCharlesAllen) June 23, 2017

Washington D.C. Rep. Eleanor Norton also weighed in on the incident Friday, saying she would ask the U.S. Park police to explain the arrest.

    Putting handcuffs on teens selling water on the Mall as if they were criminals? I’m asking U.S. Park Police to come to my office to explain. https://t.co/0YWIkCTpws

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DocM    16,656

Other people lucking out and not getting arrested doesn't excuse these kids. 

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Zagadka    4,101

To sell tapwater in a bottle, you need a federal license, damnit!

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techbeck    6,968

There is a reason why permits are needed...maybe people should look this up before crying racist.

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farmeunit    684

Why were they handcuffed and not just ticketed/detained?

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FunkyMike    1,862

 

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Jim K    13,922

Yea ... unless they were warned beforehand or became a threat (or weren't cooperating) ... the handcuffs are a bit extreme.

 

...and ooof .. looking at how much it costs for a permit ... certainly not worth it if you're just trying to make a few bucks.

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shockz    6,345

Went to Arches National Park a few weeks ago and random people were selling water there too. Didn't know this was a thing. I'd never buy water from some random person, there's a reason as to why one needs permits to sell food/water/consumables, not to mention health considerations, as well as the free tax ride they're getting. While handcuffing them is pretty extreme, glad to see something like this enforced.

 

Should leave the water to the professionals, although playing devils advocate, I'm curious as to what would happen if a kid had a lemonade stand setup. 

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Jim K    13,922
19 minutes ago, shockz said:

Went to Arches National Park a few weeks ago and random people were selling water there too. Didn't know this was a thing. I'd never buy water from some random person, there's a reason as to why one needs permits to sell food/water/consumables, not to mention health considerations, as well as the free tax ride they're getting. While handcuffing them is pretty extreme, glad to see something like this enforced.

 

Should leave the water to the professionals, although playing devils advocate, I'm curious as to what would happen if a kid had a lemonade stand setup. 

Yea ... but it is bottled water (assuming bought from the store) ... not meat products or other items needed to be prepared by "professionals."  

 

Anyway ... they needed a permit which they didn't have ... so hard to argue with that.  Just find it a bit silly that you need a permit, at all, to sell bottled-friggin-water.  Not having a permit = handcuffs which is too much for the "crime" committed.   Better for these folks to sell water, to make some money, then sell other less desirable products. :)

 

Reminds me of the time at a Phil Lesh & Friends concert where my friend and I were selling grilled cheese sandwiches in the parking lot.  Made so nice cash from it (bunch of stoners) ... was never asked for a permit (but this was like over 15 years ago).

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The Evil Overlord    18,442

Reminds me of a story a few years back, a couple of girls had a lemonade stand, they were shut down for not having a permit neither.....

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Shiranui    1,920

I guess they should be grateful they weren't shot.

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johnblake    0

This world going mad more and more. That reminds me the series of the Boondocks about lemonade business)

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DocM    16,656

Is it the handcuffs? 

 

Those are standard procedure any time you're arrested, even for minor infractions. Too many cops have been hurt, and cars trashed, by unrestrained minor infraction prisoners. 

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+Fulcrum    201

maybe a tangent, but quite incredible to believe...

 

It's funny how bottled water companies like Nestle, pay just $3.71 per million litres they siphon from our fresh water lakes, and then a pedestrian gets in trouble for trying to sell what would have cost him essentially nothing...if only he had a water treatment facility.

 

The fee for a 16oz bottle is so minuscule.

 

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ontario-proposes-to-boost-water-bottler-fee-by-500-per-million-litres-taken/article33653753/

 

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DocM    16,656
8 minutes ago, SpyCatcher said:

Dude, you have todepartments the cop gets whacked by hisc adfromthe fop and get mit that is some serious crime fighting techniques the police are using their time with. 

I do a minor crime a block from a cop who doesn't see it, so I get off. Another guy does the same thing in a donut shop full of cops and gets nailed.

 

Are you seriously saying guy 2 should get off? Really?

 

As to the handcuffs, in most police departments if the cop doesn't use them after an arrest he gets whacked by his superiors. 

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branfont    220
21 hours ago, farmeunit said:

Why were they handcuffed and not just ticketed/detained?

If they were white I know they wouldn't have been handcuffed, so that should answer your question.

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DocM    16,656
3 minutes ago, SpyCatcher said:

What I am suggesting, If that is the only crime that cop can find in D.C. perhaps that cop would be better suited in the fast food industry. 

These weren't regular DC cops who would otherwise be chasing robbers, they were US Park Police. The parks, including the Mall and monuments,  are their beat. 

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