How sidewalk food hacks avoid paying fines and stay open

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Fruit Shack in full blown shantyApril 28, 2014- The Post reports, “Sidewalk fruit and hotdog vendors can’t get their licenses renewed if they rack up more than four unpaid fines, but Elshamy’s new license was approved by the city the same month he applied. He then racked up six more violations before the health cops caught up with him.

An administrative-law judge tossed his license last February — but he still served unsuspecting customers for months.

“Vendors have tried to get a license under a new name rather than fix violations or pay accumulated fines, and detecting this type of fraud is difficult,” the Department of Health admitted in a statement.”

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