The guy at the McCarren pool trying to make money by selling locks was discovered to be a convicted felon:
Wilburn, 49, has been in prison three times — twice for grand larceny and attempted robbery and once for drug possession, records show — and he has been charged with public lewdness 14 times and has multiple orders of protection filed against him by women, police sources said.
Of course this guy is black, and not a white hipster.
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Sounds like he finally does something good and useful with his life, and they arrest him for the bogus crime of "unlawful vending."
This is kind of a valid point. It's not truly a bogus crime, but it's one that the zillions of cops patrolling the pool ignored until they discovered his criminal past.