Ugh ... where's the bully to extort money from the kid running the stand ... or a city council person who tells the kid that he needs a business license ... or the health inspector who says that the stand isn't up to standards and has to be remodeled?
My grandmother used to run one of the oldest Chinese restaurants in New York City. The Port Arthur, which closed after she passed away, used to be a two story restaurant with an attached gift shop.
One of challenges of doing business in NYC's Chinatown was the fact that the local tong expected her to pay "insurance" to avoid problems with employees who might otherwise have their legs broken or unruly "customers" who might brawl in the dining room, upsetting other diners and destroying furniture.
As an old "battleaxe" my grandmother refused to do business with the local gang. Instead of paying them off, she hired off duty NYC cops to guard the premises.
Her biggest problem was the NYC health department. When a new ordinance was passed regarding public restrooms, my grandmother had to close the restaurant and have the restrooms remodeled to meet the local ordinance. Shortly after reopening she found that the ordinance had been changed yet again. This necessitated closing the restaurant for yet more expensive remodeling.
I'm much happier being a culinary arts instructor.