San Jose’s municipal police officers have intensified their efforts against street vendors.
There always has been a cat-and-mouse game between the municipal police and the vendors who display their wares on key pedestrian walkways.
Some of the goods clearly are illegal, such as bootlegged CDs and fake name-brand sportsware.
Many of the vendors are foreign, mainly from other Latin American countries. Some offer items like jewelry that they created themselves.
There also are plenty of cheap items for children.
Police have been involved in a running battle mainly with those who sell produce, such as fruit and foods.
The foreigners seem to know they should simply fold up their blankets when police show up. Costa Rican vendors are more argumentative. There have been pitched battles on the streets.
The municipality also has embarked on a public relations campaign in which vendors
were showed obtaining their vegetable products from trash cans and dumpsters.
There is no doubt that many of the items do not meet health standards. Wednesday police confiscated food products in the Parque la Merced, which is the center of the Nicaraguan expat community.