The last charity-run street fair you attended may not have been for a legitimate non-profit organization.

Charities seeking approval to put on street fairs undergo a surprisingly lax vetting process, according to a report by The New York Post. Requiring the “barest amount of documentation” to prove nonprofit status and obtain a permit, some organizations that were once viable, like the International AIDS Prevention Initiative, have been granted permits without having filed tax forms for years, long after their offices have been shuttered up.

Now, politicians and residents are clamoring for the government to grant permits with far more scrutiny then is currently being applied. Jonathan Bowles of the Center for an Urban Future calls the system “flawed,” and says that many street fairs “have very little to do with the neighborhoods they’re in and whose streets they clog.” Weak.

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