Chef exposes food truck events to be total scams in Viral TikTok

In a viral TikTok posted this week, a food truck owner sparked controversy after explaining why he hates event coordinators and thinks food truck events are operating scams.

The video, which now has over 35,000 views, was posted by Dashin Simmons (@dashinsimmons), a creator with over 81,300 followers on TikTok. Simmons is a food truck owner who provides online advice on how to run a successful food truck business.

In his video, Simmons says he has a “deep hatred” for food truck event coordinators. He then shows an email in which an event coordinator allegedly made demands that Simmons says were unreasonable: “You just have to see it.”

The email shows demands that Simmons says are completely unnecessary: ​​in-person health inspections, unsubstantiated claims about the money people will be at the event, and no information on how many other vendors there are. of food that will be present at the event.

But mostly, Simmons was shocked that the event coordinator said he would have to pay a 60% commission: if he made $10,000 from the event, he would have to forfeit $6,000.

“Why Food Truck Events Are Scams,” Simmons captioned the video, “This is borderline extortion. It should be illegal.

Users in the comments section of the viral TikTok were furious with the event coordinator’s alleged demands.

“60%? This is crazy,” said one user.

“SHEESH!!! This is strong arm stealing smh,” another replied.

Some users told Simmons to circumvent event requirements and park nearby.

“Park outside,” someone told him.

Food trucks often pay a fee to park at events, usually on a flat rate, a percentage of earned revenue, or a hybrid model combining the two. However, food truck owners like Simmons complained that the fees were too high.

Matt Geller, the founding president of the National Food Truck Association, blogged in 2018 about how event fees over the years have skyrocketed to 40% of a food vendor’s revenue truck, forcing menu prices to be higher than usual at events.

“When food truck owners are forced to pay 40% to attend an event, they must raise their prices to a level that most food truck owners find unacceptable,” Geller said in his post. “Customers who are already paying the high costs for a ticket shouldn’t have to pay extortionate prices to get a meal while enjoying an event.

Although it’s not certain what exactly constitutes a fair deal for food truck vendors at events, the National Food Truck Association provides recommendations for working with event organizers on its website. Recommendations include asking about expected attendance, researching how many other food vendors will be at the event, and researching other food truck owners who have worked with the event organizer to learn about their past experience.

The Daily Dot contacted Dashin Simmons and the National Food Truck Association for comment via email.


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*First published: March 23, 2022, 2:02 p.m. CDT

Grace Stanley

Grace Stanley is a journalist covering creators and influencers. They were previously social media managers for Nautilus Magazine and attended the University of Texas at Austin.

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