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The city of Denver is trying to combat rising crime by banning the operation of food trucks in downtown areas.
RJ’s Tacowich Food Truck owner Leilani Johnson joined “Fox & Friends First” on Friday to discuss the recent move, which forced her to relocate her business and hurt her financially.
The removal of food trucks from city blocks could become permanent as city officials try to reduce crowds and prevent crime, Denver Police told Fox News Digital.
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“It’s awful. And as a new business, a woman in business, it’s just hard. It’s hard enough. And now we’re making it even harder,” Leilani Johnson told ABC Denver.
“We did half our normal sales on a Saturday night. … There are better ways to solve this problem which [don’t] involve harming small businesses that are trying to provide a service to members of our community. »
Johnson told Carley Shimkus that food trucks had received little to no notice and were now struggling to figure out where to operate their businesses.
“I think the biggest problem for us food truck owners right now is that we had nothing to say. They just threw it at us and said deal with it basically. , and didn’t give us an alternative or a new location or somewhere else to be.”
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Officials believe the action will reduce the large crowds of inebriated individuals who flock to food trucks after bars close early in the morning. Johnson said she hadn’t experienced those issues and didn’t think the move would reduce crime.
“I’ve never felt threatened or unsafe working downtown with my colleague. We operate until 2-3 a.m.,” said Johnson, who quit her teaching job a year ago. to open his food truck.
Fox News’ Emma Colton contributed to this report