Philanthropist, Give to Thyself?

At Saturday’s “Taste of San Joaquin,” several booths began trading food for cash instead of tickets, said Emily Baime, the Downtown Stockton Alliance’s marketing director.

This is kind of a big deal: The tickets were used to keep track of proceeds, to be split 70-30 between participating local restaurants (the larger share) and local charities.


“Yeah,” Baime said. “The tasting tickets are to be used on-site for the ease of tracking and the accuracy of reporting.

No tickets, no tracking, and 70 percent becomes 100. Our economy is growing!

Baime said she didn’t know exactly how much was redirected, but guessed it was between $500 and $1000.

The four vendors the Downtown Stockon Alliance suspects are, for now, anonymous. Baime said the DSA is trying to get them to square up.

“We’re giving everybody the opportunity to do the right thing before they’re embarrassed for not doing the right thing,” Baime said.

The news broke on Twitter and the chicanery (alleged!) was discovered through Facebook, where Ferguson Aaron asked that in the future all booths take tickets.


That was followed up by a post from the DSA:


By late Tuesday it looked like the DSA was still offering the possibility of absolution.

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