Eight street cart vendors outside of the Metropolitan Museum of Art were ticketed after the Health Department says they left their carts unattended overnight, but vendors claim they did nothing wrong.
The vendors are all disabled veterans who were issued licenses to sell food at the plaza in front of the museum.
They claim inspectors came around 4:30 a.m. Saturday, and gave no reason for the tickets.
Vendors we spoke with say the inspectors violated their rights and didn't follow protocol.
"How could we abandon them if we're standing right next to you while you're scraping off the decal. So they really had nowhere to go with it. What they did was a completely illegal act," one vendor said.
"You have the police department here 24 hours seeing that we were here. You have the videos from the museum that could be used. I mean, they have—there's so much proof that we've been here," said another vendor.
"No identification. No inspection. No nothing. And we were standing here, like, dumbfounded!" another said.
Food safety regulations only allow carts to be left alone for up to a half hour.
The Health Department says they issued the tickets after receiving complaints.