Hotdog seller is fined £470

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court

A hotdog seller got into hot water with council officials because he did not move around enough when selling his wares.

Alger Johnson, 37, of Southport Road, Ulnes Walton, was put under surveillance by trading standard inspectors and found to be staying in the same position rather than pushing his stainless-steel cart to prospective customers in Blackpool.

Johnson pleaded guilty to street trading his £2 hot dogs in an illegal manner.

He was fined £200 with £250 costs and ordered to pay £20 victims’ surcharge by District Judge David Purcell sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Lynda Bennett, prosecuting for Blackpool Council, said Johnson had a peddlers certificate to sell hot dogs.

The terms of the certificate were that he should not remain in a static position, but move around and seek customers.

On December 7, Trading Standards officers in central Blackpool on Bank Hey Street put Johnson under surveillance for 40 minutes.

They noted he remained more or less in one position, moving a short way away occasionally and then back to his original spot.

The officials confronted him and seized his hot dog cart, but it was later returned to him.

Johnson told the judge the rules for a peddlers certificate were difficult to interpret.

He added: “I’m sorry if there was a misunderstanding.

“I have since had meetings with trading standards officers about what to do and I understand now.”