Police arrested a flower vendor on the corner of 71st street and Broadway on Tuesday for selling plants without a license. The plants were thrown out by sanitation workers, one witness said.
“What I saw was the garbage men taking the bins of flowers and throwing them in the truck,” wrote Jeremy, who sent the photos above and below. “People (there were at least 30 people there) were yelling at the police asking why it was happening and why they wouldn’t let people take the flowers rather than throwing them out.” The officers did not respond, Jeremy said. “It’s a shame that all of them went to waste.”
Deputy Inspector Michael Falcon, commanding officer of the 20th precinct, says police gave the vendor time to find someone to take the flowers before they were discarded.
“He was given at least two hours to find somebody to pick up his flowers,” Falcon said. “We did everything possible to try and find someone to take his flowers.” (The police are also not the ones who discarded the plants, Falcon noted.)
The vendor, whose name was not available, had also been warned to stop, Falcon said. “He had been given prior warnings in previous weeks.”
He was charged with unlicensed general vending, given a desk appearance ticket, and released.