Video: 'That's not right!' Passers-by appalled as US cop takes money from vendor's wallet

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An appalled passer-by has captured the moment a UC Berkeley campus officer in California cited a hot dog vendor for operating without a permit before taking the man's cash.

Martin Flores was buying a hot dog from the vendor named Juan after a football game on campus when two police officers approached the cart.

Officer Sean Aranas began writing Juan a ticket for the man for not having a permit to sell on campus.

Officer Aranas can be seen pulling money from the vendor's wallet as he pleads with the officer.

"That's not right, that's not," Mr Flores can be heard saying to the officer.

The officer than writes a citation for the distressed vendor.

"You're going to take his hard earned money?" Mr Flores asks the officer.

"People can drink on football games with no tickets, but a hardworking man selling hot dogs, earning a living gets his money taken away and a ticket," says Mr Flores.

"This is law and order in action," Mr Aranas replies.

Police have told KTVU that the vendor's money was evidence and had to be seized by officer.

Speaking to the LA Times Mr Flores says it was right the vendor received a citation, but feels the officer's enforcement was selective.

"If he's really about law and order there's really so many other things he could've stopped," Flores said.

"I totally recognise that people have to have permits. But this wasn't about that.

"This was about identifying one vendor. If you want law and order, be law and order across the board."

A petition on GoFundMe has been set up for the vendor. Nearly $80,000 has been raised so far.

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