A hot dog vendor who went viral after a police officer confiscated his money is one step closer to achieving his dream, thanks to thousands of strangers.
Juan “Beto” Macias went viral earlier this month after receiving a citation for selling food outside a Golden Bears football game in Berkeley, Calif., KTVU reports. A UC Berkeley police officer also confiscated $60 from his wallet, which prompted strangers to set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to help Macias.
Supporters presented Macias with a check for $87,921 Saturday, donated by more than 5,000 strangers around the country. The East Bay Express reports he plans to use the money for a food truck, legal fees and other living expenses.
KTVU reports three other vendors were also given warnings for the same offense, but none received citations. The University of California Police Department has opened an investigation into the incident, according to KSWB.