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Mom Faces Jail Time After Selling Homemade Food On Facebook

A lot of us grew up buying corn from a dude walking around with a shopping cart, tamales from a lady’s trunk at Walmart, and hot dogs from a guy with a portable grill on the sidewalk, so it’s easy to forget that you actually need permits to sell food legally.

This mom was reminded the hard way, as she was arrested for selling her homemade ceviche through a Facebook group based in Stockton, California, according to KTLA.

Mariza Ruelas said the Facebook forum was used for locals to share recipes, potluck info, and try each others’ food.

Last December, a San Joaquin undercover investigator joined the group and asked to buy some of Ruelas’s ceviche, a popular Latin American seafood dish. Next thing you know, they cracked down on the group, as 13 members picked up misdemeanors for running a food service business without a permit.

Ruelas turned down the three years of probation deal, and decided to take things to court, risking the chance of jail time.

San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Kelly McDaniel told KTLA, “Food prepared in a facility that does not inspect it creates a risk to the public.”

Still, Ruelas isn’t a big fan of the DA and doesn’t mind calling her out publicly over some less-than-savory reports:

It makes sense that food sold should be properly inspected, especially when selling something like seafood, but it still feels a little petty to go after this group, who probably didn’t sell their food with malicious intent.

Everyone else took the three-year probation plea deal, but Ruelas is hoping the justice system will be on her side. If not, she can face up to a year in jail.

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Game-Changer: McDonald’s Testing DIY Seasoned Fries in a Bag

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A little birdy told us (aka the homie Mike Du Pont) that McDonald’s is testing seasoned fries in Stockton, California. The game-changer is a huge move for the fast food chain, as McDonald’s has kept their classic french fry recipe relatively the same for all US locations.

If this sounds familiar, it’s probably because this is eerily similar to Burger King’s “Shake ’em up Fries” promotion back in 2002. Patrons would dump the spices into a bag of fries, then shake the bag to coat the fries.

Fast forward to 2014 and McDonald’s is seen testing Garlic Parmesan, Zesy Ranch and Spicy Buffalo spice packets at the Stockton location mentioned earlier. The bags feature a step-by-step guide: 1) Pour ’em 2) Sprinkle ’em 3) Close ’em. 4) Shake ’em 5) Love ’em.

We see what you did there Ronald.

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Here’s another shot of the packaging and spices from NeoGAF:

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While this DIY attempt didn’t work out for Burger King back in 2002, maybe McDonald’s figured it was would make great Instagram #cheatdays for millennials.