Should a single mom be facing jail time for selling homemade food?
California investigators recently completed an undercover sting operation into a community group using Facebook as a platform to exchange and sell homemade food items.
This is yet another example of overcriminalization under the watch of California Gov. Jerry Brown, which also limits the entrepreneurial potential of the state.
According to The Washington Post, investigators tracked food sales through the group for over a year before carrying out the sting that turned Mariza Ruelas, a single mother of six, from a home cook into a culinary mafia kingpin.
Ruelas joined the 209 Food Spot group—designed for residents of the 209 area code in Stockton, California—two years ago when she was in need of a cake for her daughter’s quinceañera (the Hispanic coming-of-age celebration on a young woman’s 15th birthday).