This video has it all. A cocky lemonade protester with a camera. A pushy pseudo-bureaucrat thinking he owns the street. And a bumbling cop who creates his own laws.
It starts when activist Garret Ean sat on a public sidewalk during a farmer’s market in Concord, New Hampshire to sell lemonade during Saturday’s Lemonade Liberation Day.
A man approached claiming he owned the street, ordering him to pack up and leave.
The man identified himself as the president of the Concord Farmer’s Market, which apparently had a permit to operate on the street that day.
The man, whom Ean identified as Steve Blasdell, ordered Ean to turn off the camera.
Ean instead engaged him in a debate about what constituted vending.
At 2:48, Blasdell shut down Ean’s camera, but Ean turned it right back on.
That was when Ean turned from lemonade activist into photography rights activist, claiming he was now “a member of the press.”
And that was when Blasdell tried to grab the camera from him after first trying to grab his cooler of lemonade.
The two men squared off with Ean accusing him of assault and Blasdell claiming it was not assault because he was only trying to swipe the camera from him without touching any part of his body.
Blasdell then ran off to call police while Ean announced he was giving away “free lemonade.”
Police arrived ten minutes later with one sergeant wrongly told Ean he was violating the state’s wiretapping law by recording them on a public sidewalk.
Ean offered to show the sergeant the actual law, which he had printed on a little card, but the cop refuses, saying he is already familiar with the law.
But then the cop once again threatens to arrest him on wiretapping charges if anybody else on the street complains.
Anybody except Blasdell, apparently, because the cops walked away without doing anything, allowing Ean to continue selling lemonade and videotaping Blasdell.
The video ends by Blasdell hanging up a handwritten note on a street sign behind Ean stating that the lemonade vendor is not part of the farmer’s market.
Ean said he continued selling or giving away lemonade for another two hours, raising $19 for the “Civil Disobedience Evolution Fund.”