Vendors demand action against violence, heavy drinking at 17th Street Farmers Market

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Vendors are reporting rotten activity at the 17th Street Farmer’s Market.

A growing number of merchants say they are concerned for their business and personal safety, claiming there has been an increase in heavy drinking, harassment, and people passing out on benches at all hours.

8News talked to two women who would not go on the record because of threats from repeat offenders. One of the ladies even keeps a heavy stick nearby for protection.

“People shouldn’t have to do that to sell their products,” said Tray, who works in a restaurant beside the market. “They should be safe and secure wherever they want to be.”

17th Street marketing manager George Bolos said it is up to Richmond Police Department to remedy the situation. In a statement, Lieutenant Tim Wyatt said his officers will continue to patrol the area. He also asked citizens to call and report any illegal activity in the area.

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