This Hot Dog Vendor's Earnings Were Seized By A Cop, So People Sent Him Over $80,000

“People saw I wasn’t doing anything wrong. I wasn’t stealing, I wasn’t drinking. I was simply working to make money for my family.”

On Sept. 9, this video surfaced online showing a University of California police officer ticketing an unlicensed hot dog vendor at UC Berkeley. The officer then confiscated $60 in cash from the vendor’s wallet, which drew criticism on social media.

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UC Berkeley alum Martin Flores captured the video after a football game at the university. The video has generated 12.5 million views on Facebook as of Friday, and was shared more than 36,000 times.

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In an interview with Telemundo, the vendor, who asked to be identified only as “Beto,” said he’s a construction worker who sells hot dogs to earn extra money.

In an interview with Telemundo, the vendor, who asked to be identified only as "Beto," said he's a construction worker who sells hot dogs to earn extra money.

Beto acknowledged that he didn't have a permit to operate, but he didn't understand why the officer took the money.

“People saw I wasn't doing anything wrong. I wasn't stealing, I wasn't drinking. I was simply working to make money for my family,” he said.

Despite California's civil forfeiture laws, critics questioned the logic of going so far over a minor infraction, one they say could have been handled with a simple ticket.

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