Rosie’s Weenie Woes in Englewood
Rosie D’Rivera’s eye-popping blue Weenie Wagon offers tasty hot dogs and fantastic condiments, including pineapple habanero sauce, kimchi, black beans, chili, and cactus. But Rosie, a former graphic designer with Liz Claiborne in Manhattan, had a hard time trying to earn an honest living in Englewood, New Jersey.
The city of Englewood, an upscale town in New Jersey, forces mobile vendors to move every 15 minutes, which defeats the point of mobility. The city had ignored the law for years, but a story that praised Rosie’s entrepreneurial drive caught the attention of her customers and the local authorities. A day after the story was published, local police came to the Weenie Wagon and demanded that she move.
Rosie is not one to sit on her hands: she tried to convince city council to update its old law. In December, the city tried to pass an “updated” food truck law that would have banned Rosie from public property and would have required her to pay $250 to park on private property. IJ sent the city council a stern letter, arguing that the new law was protectionist and unconstitutional, and city council tabled the bill. The old 15-minute law is back and Rosie couldn't work as a result. She left Englewood in the summer of 2014, looking for a better city where she can work to earn an honest living.
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