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April 25, 2008

Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Bacon Dogs

by Doug Mataconis

Drew Carey is back with his latest Reason.tv installment, this time he takes on the food police in Los Angeles:

Amid the hustle and bustle of downtown Los Angeles, there exists another world, an underground world of illicit trade in—not drugs or sex—but bacon-wrapped hot dogs. Street vendors may sell you an illegal bacon dog, but hardly anyone will talk about it, for fear of being hassled, shut down or worse. Our camera caught it on tape. One minute bacon dogs are sold in plain view, the next minute cops have confiscated carts, and ordered the dogs dumped into the trash.

Elizabeth Palacios is one of the few vendors willing to speak publicly. “Doing bacon is illegal,” she explains. Problem is customers love bacon, and Palacios says she loses business if she doesn’t give them the bacon they demand. “Bacon is a potentially hazardous food,” says Terrence Powell of the LA County Health Department. Continue selling bacon dogs without county-approved equipment and you risk fines and jail time.

Palacios knows all about that. She spent 45 days in the slammer for selling bacon dogs, and with the lost time from work, fines, and attorney’s fees, she fears she might lose the house that bacon dogs helped buy. She must provide for her family, but remains trapped between government regulations and consumer demand. Customers don’t care about safety codes, says Palacios. “They just want the bacon.”

Where are the modern-day Sam Adams’ ? It’s time for a Bacon Party !

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3 Comments

  1. This is equal parts absurd and disgusting. What kind of “free” country does things like this. They threw a woman in jail for trying to provide for her family and delivering what her customers want. Terrence Powell should go to jail for 45 days.

    Comment by Ben — April 25, 2008 @ 12:09 pm
  2. Ummmm…Doug, can we throw something other than bacon into the Pacific? Maybe tofu dogs or something? If so, I am all for it. (Plus I think we would be doing the world a much bigger favor by getting rid of that awful “meat substitute.”)

    Comment by trumpetbob15 — April 25, 2008 @ 1:16 pm
  3. Agorism in action,

    underground food FTW!!!

    Comment by Matthew Lee — April 26, 2008 @ 5:21 pm

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