Chicago Police Use Social Media to Find Food Trucks Breaking The Law [VIDEO]

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Chicago police are monitoring food trucks on social media, and it's not because they want a juicy burger.

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Instead, police are asking the trucks to pack it up and are issuing citations if they don't, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. In the Windy City, by law, food trucks are not allowed to set up close to restaurants.

As a result, it's challenging for food trucks to find a decent place to serve customers -- the top walking traffic areas in downtown Chicago are near establishments.

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So the trucks often set up in different street locations daily, and then post their location on Twitter and Facebook so customers can find them.

Police have picked up on this social media trend, and are busting food trucks that park within 200 feet of restaurants. Truck owners say it's now especially difficult to find an open place to set up.

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Because posting to social media is the main way people find food trucks that move around a lot, food trucks now face a predicament -- to ditch tweets, or tweet and risk a violation. Either way, police strolling by could still find the trucks the old school way.

Food trucks now want the city to acknowledge the popularity of food trucks and to consider changing the law. Food trucks became popular in downtown Chicago last summer, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. While customers like the food trucks, restaurants don't like the competition.

Should food trucks be allowed to set up near restaurants? If not, where should they operate? Tell us in the comments.

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This story originally published on Mashable here.

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