Vendors Face Neighborhood Scrutiny
CHARLOTTE, N.C.--Lance Markell spent his Saturday bargaining for a new vacuum cleaner in East Charlotte. "So I'm figuring maybe he's got some good merchandize here. He's here all the time. So he's probably fairly reputable and you know a vacuum cleaner is a vacuum cleaner," he said.
But neighbors say street vendors like this one are becoming a problem near the Eastland Mall.
"You have to have good aesthetics on the main intersections, the main thoroughfares for people who want to come and buy and to consume whether its retail out here other than street vendors," said East Charlotte resident Vickie Fewell.
Neighbors say abandoned cars for sale are another sign of the problem. They say because there's no supervision in some vacant lots, they become unauthorized used car lots.
"I don't want to live in a neighborhood where somebody parks a whole fleet of cars in an empty lot for sale. That doesn't look right," Fewell said.
After a succcessful sales mission, shoppers like Lance Markell disagree."You can never stop people from complaining. But obviously there's nothing for people to complain about so why even talk about them," Markell said.
Charlotte Code Enforcement said it's now investigating the street vendors and their permit status.