WASHINGTON DC - Finding food or a quick lunch on the go might become more difficult along the National Mall. D.C. food truck owners say they have been warned to leave the area or face a $300 fine or worse — we talked to one food truck operator on the phone who told us he was arrested by Park Police and taken to jail.
It all has to do with federal regulations prohibiting trucks without permits on the National Mall.
Park Police are handing out a warning to operators parked on the mall. Food truck operators are confused. They have proper D.C. permits, but Park Police say those permits don’t hold up on the mall.
“When they came to the truck, they came and issued us a warning saying we can no longer be at these locations,” said food truck operator Will Salama.
He couldn’t believe it when Park Police told him he would go to jail if he didn’t comply.
“It didn’t sound right,” he said. “It sounded very strange. 90 days in jail? I’m not selling crack. I’m selling food.”
Park Police told us by phone the National Mall is off limits to food trucks unless they have a special permit from the National Park Service. It doesn’t care about proper permits from D.C.
“We have a permit, we pay taxes, we do everything what they ask us for,” said food truck operator Sam Wanis.
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