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Word of approaching city inspector sends illegal vendors running

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Several groups of illegal street vendors were captured on video fleeing after word of an approaching inspector. On Wednesday, illegal street vendors were seen quickly wrapping up their merchandise and making a run for it when they were told of an approaching city inspector.

At least five vendors were captured on video near the mouth of Parque Fundadors, while others were set up in the park itself. While video capture did not show an inspector, word of one sent the vendors packing.

For the past two weeks, Playa del Carmen mayor Lili Campos had been removing the excess street vendors from Fifth Avenue. Legal vendors, vendors with city permits, were relocated, however, the illegal vendors were shut out.

Vendors caught setting up and selling illegally without city permits are fined and their merchandise, seized.