PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – Some food cart owners in downtown Portland say they are frustrated by repeated vandalism and break-ins. It’s a small cluster of food carts along 2nd Avenue SW in downtown Portland.
Hanz Rawas owns one and has seen many. “What’s gotten worse is the vandalism,” Rawas said. He owns A Taste of Greek. He says his food cart has been on the block for 17 years. According to him, crime is getting worse in the region.
“One day we have graffiti, or we have vandalism on our, you know, like equipment in the back,” Rawas said.
He says he’s also had two burglaries this year. “We also stopped opening at night because after dark it’s really not tasty at all,” Rawas said. This is causing some to stop, such as a food cart that had a sign saying its last day is this Friday. The owner told FOX 12 this was due to ongoing crime.
“I’m not surprised at all, I honestly think about it every day,” Rawas said. “And especially when I come here and have a problem or an incident.”
He is not the only one. Just down some food carts, Tokyo Sando employees say there was a break-in recently as well. Employees say the food cart lost knives, personal items as well as an expensive cabbage-cutting machine in the break-in.
Employees say it’s a tough place to live, but they don’t think their landlord wants to move anywhere else.
“It’s a long journey to find a comfortable place, which we would have as the same kind of income,” said Tokyo Sando employee Sky Noyola. “And making sure we don’t lose money by shutting down for an entire day trying to move to a new location.”
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