I remember back in the good old days, when illicit street sales involved either pirated DVDs or black tar heroin, but up in San Francisco, they do it a little differently now. The big illegal street racket is gourmet food. Hardened gastronomic dealers like Curtis the Crème Brulee Guy, Cookie Wag, Amuse Bouche and Sexy Soup Lady have been selling black market food on the streets without getting vendor licenses. Oh, noes!
Due to the clandestine nature of their criminal enterprises, advertising is on the down low, often through Twitter. Sadly, The Man can use twitter too, and the busts may be on the way. According to Richard Lee, San Francisco's director of Health Regulatory Programs, the department has been following suspected unlicensed vendors' on Twitter, and plan to hand them over to the po-po. "Anytime we see or know about a violation, we report it to the police," said Lee.
According to Police spokesman Sergeant Wilfred Williams the case of the hardened food-dealers is still tough to crack: "At this point they haven't been able to find or locate the vendors, because they're not selling on a daily basis. They might not always be in Linda Alley, they might not always be in Dolores Park. They might not always be in the Mission," Williams said.
So hey, criminal food underground, be careful with your tweets... and don't forget to subscribe to TheFeed's twitter. We promise to tell you everything going on the world of video games and tech, and if we start selling street-corner polenta from the trunk of our Nissan, you'll be the first to know.