BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) – Here's an alert for all street vendors in Bossier City. Bossier City Police have started a crackdown on street vendors, and they've already issued their first citation.
They set up along the city's busiest streets and intersections, selling everything from plants and vegetables to puppies and shoes.
Permits and permission from the property owners are required by city ordinance, and they're supposed to be paying taxes.
We caught up with one vendor on the Shreveport side of the Red River yesterday, but we're told inspectors have been running them off from various locations in Bossier City for some time now.
"He'll move on and come back a few days later in different parts of town," says Sam Marsiglia with Bossier City Metropolitan Planning Commission. "It's just almost like a game you play, but he might be a little surprised the next time he does that. And I'm hoping they'll watch this report, because we're not going to be lenient right now."
And sure enough, we've learned that the very roadside bonsai enterprise that we were referring to was issued a citation today, after police and inspectors caught up with them at the old Fina station in the 3300 block of Barksdale Boulevard.
They face fines and will have to go to court in July.
The crackdown actually comes as a result of complaints about roadside "puppy peddling" in the area.