Arlington Judge Dismisses Food Truck Case
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LANHAM, Md. – The case against an Arlington based food truck that didn’t move “far enough” was thrown out Monday.
An Arlington County judge officially dismissed the case against Anna Shil, owner of Seoul Food.
She faced charges of violating a provision in Arlington’s law that states a food truck cannot remain stopped for a period longer than 60 minutes. Shil says she moved the truck after 60 minutes but was cited by an officer that felt she didn’t move the truck far enough.
The Arlington provision does not specify how far a vehicle should be moved after the allotted time.
If found guilty, Shil would have faced up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.
“I’m happy this is behind us and we can focus back on making the food we love, serving our regulars and preparing to open our brick-and-mortar restaurant,” says Shil in a statement released by the Food Truck Association.
The case shines a light on the provision, bringing into question the severity of the punishment.
“This case highlights the absurdity of treating what amounts to a parking violation as a crime on par with assault,” says Doug Povich, Co-Owner of Red Hook Lobster Pound-DC and Chairman of the Food Truck Association of Metropolitan Washington.
Povich hopes to work with Arlington County officials in the next few months to keep food trucks a part of Arlington’s community.