An update from an issue covered previously in May- local ANC Commissioner Kathy Henderson is back at it, warning citizen to not order from mobile meat vendor Capital Meats, which she claims employs potential burglars who are unlicensed for selling meat. Capital Meats is a mobile meat delivery service, serving the greater DC area.
There have not been any public reports by police of criminal activity by the meat vendors, but Henderson’s ire has raised the attention of law enforcement. And now, the police want you to call 911 if you see one of the familiar mobile meat salesmen.
From Kathy Henderson:
Good Afternoon:Please be advised that we are still receiving complaints regarding Capital Meats aggressively hawking their meat products in our community. Residents here have told us time and time again they do not want these unlicensed meat peddlers from Virginia knocking on their doors and pestering them to buy whatever they are selling. One of my neighbors was very concerned because the unlicensed seller “simply would not take no for an answer even when I told him no thank you…” This neighbor is home alone with a toddler and felt “very unsafe”. These individuals have been known to peer into windows to see if anyone is home. We are being subjected to a rash of break-ins and burglaries and these individuals could be culpable.Again, we do not want them here, they are unlicensed in Virginia where they are from and they do not have a DC license. We want peace, order and quiet and prefer to purchase our products from reputable retailers, not unlicensed meat peddlers. We respectfully request our law enforcement partners to move them on when they see them anywhere in Carver or Langston Terrace and issue a citation for vending without a license. Thank you.Commissioner Kathy Henderson, 5D05
Apparently, Henderson’s persistence in tracking the meat peddlers was enough to elicit a response from MPD:
Caveat Emptor “Let the Buyer Beware”
Capital Meats Inc. is based out of Winchester, Va. The District’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), last reported that its salesmen aren’t properly licensed to do business here in the District of Columbia. To operate legally, the corporation would need to register with the city, and the salesmen would need licenses. There’s no record of Capital Meats.
Capital Meats relies on subcontractors to sell its products and subcontractors operating in eight states—Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Kentucky—but currently does most of its best business in the Baltimore and Washington Metropolitan Areas.
Capital Meats, Inc.
P.O. Box 1210
Stephens City, VA 22655
Should you see or be approached by unwelcomed meat vendors, call 9-1-1 and report it to us. We ask that you also provide the vehicle with tag number, make, model and color being operated and how many sales reps are aboard. You may also post that information here as well but we prefer that you call 9-1-1 for immediate follow-up.
Assistant Patrol District Commander
Metropolitan DC Police Department
Fifth Police District
If you’re interested in learning more about Capital Meats, they even have a Youtube channel with videos of their products: