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Mayor Cracks Down On Atlanta’s Street Bottled Water Sales

Atlanta police will begin cracking down on teenagers selling bottled water at busy city intersections after reports of several incidents of gun violence against drivers who reject the offer to buy the water.
Atlanta police will begin cracking down on teenagers selling bottled water at busy city intersections after reports of several incidents of gun violence against drivers who reject the offer to buy the water.
Credit Allison Guillory / WABE

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says police will begin cracking down on teenagers selling bottled water at busy city intersections.

As WABE’s Maria White Tillman reports, this comes after several incidents of gun violence against drivers who reject the offer to buy the street-corner water.

The mayor’s announcement follows more reports of teens threatening motorists with guns after the drivers refused to buy water.

On July 16, a man was shot twice in his car on an I-20 exit ramp after he declined to buy a bottle of water.

And on the same day, a 14-year-old was detained after police said he displayed a pistol to a driver who said no to buying bottled water at Peachtree and Piedmont roads.

That teen was charged and released.

In a separate incident, Atlanta Police say a teenager was arrested and taken into custody following a bottled water-related fatality during an argument between several young people.