Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Arlington Not Allowing Food Trucks to Serve Those Affected By Tornadoes

Scott Wooley, owner of So-Cal Tacos is a Tarrant County resident, he's also one of the most generous food truck owners; monthly donating hundreds of dollars collected at his truck to families in needs. Yesterday afternoon, as the tornadoes came through he knew that this month the families in need were in his own backyard.

Scott put out a call on Facebook and Twitter telling his customers that he would be collecting money and supplies for delivery on Wednesday afternoon to the Arlington and Kennedale residents impacted by the storm. When I went by So-Cal at lunch, money was pouring in and one person dropped off 18 cases of bottled water. As soon as the So-Cal team finished lunch service, they headed to Kennedale and served those involved in the clean-up efforts. After that service, they headed to Arlington, with plans to serve dinner to those affected.

At each impacted neighborhood, they were stopped by Arlington Police and told they would not be allowed to enter the area. Eventually, they were told they could serve, if they had a permit from the City. By this time it was nearing 5:00 p.m. and there was no way to get a permit. So-Cal then tried the emergency shelter on Abrams but was turned away there too.

Arlington is not a food truck friendly city, with rules that basically prohibit trucks operating there on a daily basis. Without discussing the merits of that law, it is positively shameful that exceptions cannot be made in times of emergency, when legitimate food service providers are willing to give free food to those who need it most.

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  2. Really sad how red tape can ruin a kind (AMAZING) gesture. Bet those poor people that have been through so much would have loved a great meal. So ridiculously sad.

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  3. I can understand if they aren't allowed in the neighborhoods badly destroyed that are currently blocked for safety reasons, however, there should be allowances made where they could set up in an area nearby the neighborhood entrance or the at the shelters. Makes no sense! It's not like they're setting up for business. They are DONATING food during a time of crisis. Idiots.

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  4. You should call fox4news!!

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  5. I just movedhere and i've been wondering why the trucks never come to arlington! What is arlington's deal against food trucks? What is different in the law?

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  6. Its good to know how a city responds in a time of emergency. Idiotic decisions such as that of the city of Arlington to deny food services to emergency workers and volunteers shows what kinds of mentality and response can be expected in future events. I hope I never get caught in a serious crisis in Arlington.

    They have the capability to make a bad situation much worse than it has to be.

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  7. On the other hand, the peace officers were simply following orders as they were handed down to them.
    The issue is that this circumstance must first be raised to public awareness. (Anonymous's Fox News suggestion was an excellent one.) Then the citizens of Tarrant County need to respond by petitioning for an amendment to current laws. By creating a public demand for protection of generosity doled out by local businesses, it motivates law makers to consider public needs.
    Anyone out there skilled with verbiage that could research this and create a petition that has a chance of being passed?

    Tragedy brings out the greatness in people, I believe, as often as it has the opposite effect.

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  8. Agreed, Paigel. I wasn't referring to the law enforcement. I specifically said the City of Arlington, meaning city management. They are the ones dictating the local code which is detrimental to everyone involved.

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  9. These rules are there for a purpose. To protect us from food that may not be kept at the right temps, poor sanitary issues, etc, etc. The city has plans in place for food, ever hear of the RED CROSS?? It is nice when neighbor helps neighbor however let the city do its job. Citizens are not trained or prepared for these types of emergencies. As stated in a post tragedy brings out the greatness in people and it also brings out the scum of the earth. Maybe Mr. Worley should have contacted the Red Cross months ago and offered his assistance BEFORE the incident and took the proactive approach and not the reactive.

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    1. You are an idiot. These food truck face regular inspections just like all restaraunts. I am guessing that you havent met Mr. Wooley to try and say that he equaits to being scum, because that is what i always think of who gives away free food to people in need and the unfortunate. You should think before you speek.

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    2. Yea that's the idea. Let's all be fortune tellers and contact everyone beforehand. (rolls eyes)

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    3. No offense to Mr Wooley, but when and who do you decide is a good person and who has other motives. Lessons were learned from other disasters, food and items were left to rot because they had to much. It obvious this message goes out to people who never worked a disaster and sit at home armchair quaterbacking what people do. Cities have PRIOR arrangements with organization when these things happen. Red Cross, churches, Habitat for Humanity etc. So sit back in your easy chairs, watch the news and leave it to the professionals to make your bad day some what better.

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    4. Seriously? Correct temps and sanitary conditions? These gourmet food trucks have better food, better trained chefs and cleaner environments than a lot of the brick and mortar restaurants around the metroplex. Ya know what's stupid? If McDonalds rolled in with a van and brought pink slime burgers to people recently displaced in Arlington, they would make the news and get publicity displaying them as a valued member of the community. The "rules" you are citing are preventing hard-working self-employed people from helping people in need and from making a living in that same area when times are good. Wake up and smell the awesome food truck coffee.

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    5. Professinals that what you call it...hmmm, I call it a crying out shame that there is never enough help in this type of situation and for you to tell us to sit back watch the news is an insult to the citizens of DFW, not just Arlington. You are an arrogrant person who I hope never needs someones help, whether it be help changing a flat tire or a drink of bottled water because you no longer have water available to you because of a tornado or fire. Shame on you and your arrogance!

      Signed A Citzen Who Gives A Damn!

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  10. Let people make their own decisions and stop trying to protect everyone from everything, its taking our freedoms away everyday, or is it a convenient way of taxing us to death!?

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  11. When you have career politicians running the city, it's no surprize

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  12. I don't see what they needed a permit for. Technically they weren't selling anything.

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  13. My house is in one of the areas that was hit. While I admire and appreciate the sentiment and the charitable intentions of Mr. Wooley, there were way too many vehicles and people roaming the streets and getting in the way of the workers who were trying to get things back to some semblance of order. I was very, very thankful that the police were keeping people out of the area. It was a madhouse.

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