Police acting against illegal selling. But how effective are police interventions?


An illegal street seller in Palma might typically take home twenty euros a day or he might not make anything. One seller in the Plaça Major, a 25-year-old Senegalese citizen, says that the bags he sells come from Chinese sources. If a bag is sold for fifteen euros, he makes between three to five euros; the rest goes to the Chinese supplier.

He explains that when he came to Spain he never thought that three years later he would be an illegal street seller. He is a seller because he can't find any other work. He wanted to bring his family over as well, but he barely earns enough to look after himself.

He is constantly wary of the police putting in an appearance, be they uniformed or plainclothes, and believes that the same could happen in Palma as did in Madrid, where a street seller died when apparently being chased by police.

The circumstances of that incident are disputed, but in Palma the general secretary of the municipal police union, Emilio Oyarzáballa, says that the police were warned at the start of the current town hall administration period (in 2015 therefore) that if they chase an illegal seller and he has an accident, the police are responsible. Oyarzáballa adds that there has been no instruction from the town hall in light of what is said to have occurred in Madrid, but explains that the police don't chase the sellers, it is the sellers who run off when they see the police.

Although the town hall has now agreed to specify the illegality of street selling in a bylaw, retailers are planning a protest. Discussions about this are currently taking place between the associations which represent smaller businesses and smaller retailers - Pimem, Pimeco and Afedeco - and the Confederation of Balearic Business Associations. As and when there is a protest, it is expected to be a large one against the unfair competition that the illegal street sellers represent.


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Paul / Hace over 3 years

I haven't got a problem with the street sellers all i want to know is why can the work the street with no contract but don't get 6000/10.000 fine but if i had a worker working in my bar with out a contract i would be fined 6000/10.000 whats the difference from them and me ??? Plus they are allowed to talk to people on the streets freely with out a licence but me as a bar owner have to get a license and pay a daily fee ??


Richard / Hace over 3 years

Please let me add that I think that the police here do a great job despite poor funding so good for them. So my question is, does this ‘chasing’ law against them also apply to chasing the so called prostitutes (muggers). If so we are really in trouble.


Richard / Hace over 3 years

I think we on this site are all agreed on the basic street seller issue. What amazes me is that the police can now be officially blamed for chasing a seller. I left the UK 20 years ago to get away from politically correct stuff like this...God help us if the U.K. insanity spreads (today’s example: an 80 year old lady in an NHS hospital told off for reaching out to a nurse to avoid falling over... the nurse told her that she was not allowed to be touched...sheer madness!)


TC / Hace over 3 years

OK, so this is the story of an illegal street seller, probably here illegally, doesn't pay any form of license or tax, living in an illegal unlicenced rental, unlike the store traders, and evades the authority by running when seen. If you can't live here or any other country legally go back to your native country, don't complain about it! Simple


palmadave / Hace over 3 years

Are we talking about 'illegal immigrants' selling illegally or 'legal immigrants' selling illegally? Please enlighten me.