A lawsuit filed last week by the Institute for Justice, one of the nation’s leading legal advocates for entrepreneurs, and three Chicago-area business owners alleges that city officials have been discriminating against food truck vendors in order to protect restaurants from competition.
The big point of contention: A law that bans food vendors from coming within 200 feet of brick-and-mortar restaurants.
“The fines for violating the 200-foot rule are up to $2,000 — ten times higher than for parking in front of a fire hydrant. Further, the city is forcing food trucks to install GPS tracking devices that broadcast the trucks’ every move,” the Institute for Justice claims.
Wait, wait, wait – the trucks must be outfitted with GPS tracking devices? Doesn’t that seem a little over the top?
Here’s a video from the Institute summarizing the battle between the food vendors and city officials [Full disclosure: We've never actually seen "Game of Thrones," but we get where they're going with this. 1000+ points for creativity]:
Bottom Line: As the Chicago Tribune put it, “the ordinance doesn’t serve the needs of the lunch-seeking public. It benefits the brick-and-mortar eateries, whose owners don’t want the competition.”
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