Customer raises G for hot dog vendor targeted by cops
The customer who shot the viral video of cops taking cash from hot dog vendor Beto Matias last weekend said the eye-watering $63,000 he’s already raised online will help buy Matias a food truck.
“It’s always been his goal to have a food truck. With all this beautiful support, we hope to get him a fully licensed food truck,” Martin Flores told the Daily News on Tuesday.
“We’d also like to have funds set aside to do some advocacy and provide training and licensing and certification,” he said, vowing to not take a penny for himself.
Flores started the GoFundMe fund-raiser as his video of Matias quickly exploded with millions of views on news sites and social media.
It was recorded outside a football game at UC Berkeley last weekend and shows University of California Police Officer Sean Aranas openly taking cash out of Matias’ wallet as he cites him for not having a permit.
“That’s not right,” Flores pleads with the officer from behind his camera phone.
“That’s how it works …The judge can decide whether or not it’s right,” Aranas responds.
“You’re gonna take his hard-earned money?” Flores asks.
The video was recorded outside a football game at UC Berkeley last weekend and shows University of California Police Officer Sean Aranas openly taking cash out of Matias’ wallet as he cites him for not having a permit. The GoFundMe fund-raiser has raised $63,000 so far.
“Yup,” says Aranas. “This is law and order in action.”
Flores accuses the cop of ignoring people “drinking in public” just steps away and targeting “a hardworking man” instead.
Police told KTVU that Matias’ money was booked into evidence after he was issued a citation.
After Flores started his GoFundMe, he successfully tracked Matias down.
They’re now planning public event to present the funds collected online.
“Naturally, (Matias) as a vendor is going to be highly recognized and supported,” Flores told The News.