From the New York Post comes the story of a street food vendor who’s been fined $1,000 for not getting his permit out fast enough for an inspector. If this is truly the case, the city should be ashamed of itself.

Hassan was prepping for the lunch rush on the corner of Duane Street and Broadway on April 18 when the inspector asked for his permit.

Hassan, whipping up lamb and chicken, told the inspector it was in the cart.

But the official left after two minutes, returning hours later with the ticket for the maximum fine — although Hassan, 40, was holding his city permit at that point, the vendor said.