For seven years, Alessane Fall has been selling cell phones on the same SoHo street.
A Bronx father of six children, all Fall wants is to make a living for his family but life as a street vendor is hard.
And a couple of weeks ago, it got even harder for Fall when a NYPD officer slapped him with tickets for: having a rack that is over the 5 feet maximum; and having his rack less than the minimum distance of 20 feet from the nearest storefront.
The total of the tickets could cost him more than $2,000.
"It's a very lot of money, I don't even have it!" said Fall.
Plus, he says the tickets are not true.
With a tape measure, he showed us the height of his rack is less than the 5 feet maximum. As for the 20 feet minimum, the measurement on Monday showed his rack is exactly the allowed distance from the nearest store entrance.
Fall's only conclusion about the cop who ticketed him? "He's harassing me," said Fall.
So, he called his lawyer Sean Basinski who founded the Street Vendor Project more than ten years ago. "We've seen two inches, four inches but one inch we have never seen that before, it's extreme," he said.
The only catch is the day Fall got the tickets, he had large clips that he uses to clamp his metal rack together at the top, and with those clips, it goes over the five feet maximum. When asked how Basinski plans to fight that aspect in court, he said, "We're going to say that's crazy."
Basinski calls this type of ticketing a waste of time and tax dollars. That is why he is pushing legislation in the city council that would lower the maximum fine from $1,000 per ticket to $250.
"The bills have a majority of support in the council so we are just waiting for Speaker Quinn to call a vote... for just an inch is just unfair and she can do something about it," said Basinski.
Speaker Christine Quinn responded with this statement to PIX 11:
"The Council is looking at the issue of street vendors. Street vendors are different from small businesses because they operate outside. We're also looking at the fine structure--not just the level they are at, but how they are being used. We need to make sure the fines aren't just being used to make money. On the other hand, we need to take into consideration the community's complaints - because the issue of access is important. If there's only one vendor on the street, that's not as much of a problem, but if there are more, it's an issue. We need to look at this with common sense. The Council is working on this and there is a process in place. Once all the research is in and we feel confident that we have all the necessary information, we will take the next steps in the legislative process."
In the end, all Fall says he wants is, "Justice for all."