PHOENIX, AZ – It wasn’t long after we arrived in Las Vegas that we noticed all the people on the streets selling water. I’ve been to Las Vegas several times and always noticed people selling water but this time there were more. After talking with the water vendors we learned about the constant harassment they face from police for merely engaging in voluntary interactions.
Should people who are attempting to make their own way be chased down and locked into a cage? Would you prefer them to be on welfare? How about homeless and/or starving? The only problem here is that government claims to provide public sidewalks for all to use. Yet the police (government agents) tell water vendors they can’t sell water, while allowing others to pass out porn cards provided they have paid the government for that privilege; ie permits.
What do you think? Should water vendors be allowed to sell water on the public sidewalks? Should the vendors get permits?