04/18/2012

Chicago police track food trucks with Facebook

Mobile food vendors often announce their locations for the day on Facebook and Twitter

By Mark Brown
Chicago Sun-Times

If you've been seeing less of your favorite Chicago food trucks this spring, that's because police have been cracking down and running them off their usual locations, food truck operators say.

Some vendors say Chicago police have gone so far as to track their planned whereabouts via social media — trucks often announce their locations for the day on Facebook and Twitter — and intercept them before they open.

Lupita Kuri, owner of the mobile bakery Sweet Ride, said in one such incident her driver had just pulled up but had yet to serve any customers when a police officer approached and told her he was ticketing her — based on her Facebook posting.

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