Dear Tom Britten:
Gosh, I didnt mean to demean the mom & pops of the vending industry. I try to choose words carefully, but maybe I bungled it by using the words of the vendor this particular time.
I think his larger point was that he believes it is unfair competition when some vendors dont get their businesses licensed and insured. It is overhead they dont pay, which he does. Also, lacking insurance can have devastating consequences for a lot of people if something goes wrong. This can happen in any business.
It might be easier to skip these costly legalities if the business operates under the radar, say from a garage. That doesnt mean that every garage-based vendor does this.
Thanks for sending me your counterpoint. It made me think hard. I think it will make be a better reporter. And, thanks for reading,
Laura L. Ruane
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