Sorry, Man. Keep it Movin'

Man receives warning from police after trying to sell DVDs at downtown intersection.

When friends ask me about downtown Livermore I usually fall back on this go-to description: charming.

And when my friends visit I often hear the ladies say, "Oh, it's cute here!"

Downtown Livermore: charming and cute. Sounds like a keeper.

While the word "cute" isn't something I regularly throw out, I'm sure it's not my first choice to describe a man selling used DVDs at a downtown intersection. Not cute, bro. Nor charming.

But don't tell Derek Ott that.

The 35-year-old Livermore resident received a warning from police for doing just that — trying to sell used DVDs Thursday afternoon at the intersection of First and South K streets, just outside .

At around 2:40 p.m. the Navy vet who said he was on permanent disability began unloading about 20 DVDs on the ground, near the crosswalk that leads to the .

And oh, can't forget about the "DVDs For Sale" cardboard sign he placed on the intersection light post.

Ott then sat on a garden- or beach-like chair with an American flag and waited for customers.

Some of the titles he had for sale included Mamma Mia!, Hart's War featuring Bruce Willis, and Happy Gilmore — a personal favorite of mine.

"They're all good. I just seen them all," Ott said of his DVDs, which he was selling for around $5 each. "I'm just trying to make a few bucks to pay my light bill."

However, his makeshift DVD shop was short lived.

Within five minutes a officer came by after the department received a complaint from someone in the area.

Ott, who didn't make a sale, was given a warning from the officer and then packed up his belongings.

"He told me what I was doing was illegal and that I needed a permit," Ott said of the police warning. "I can't find a job. I can't make a buck off the street?"

You can. Just not here and in that fashion.

I'm not trying to knock Ott's hustle or any person trying to make a few extra dollars to pay bills. Times are tough — I know. But there's a time and a place. Hello, Craigslist?

All I know is if I start to see more street sales while hangin' around downtown, I'm going to have to find another go-to description.

Stay charming, Livermore.

OK, fine. Stay cute too.

fairly.reasonable.reasonably.fair May 27, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Sadly, yes, I believe you're right. I would link but it's an easy Megan's Law search. To his defense, there aren't any schools or playgrounds near where he is peddling his wares. He's doing nothing that would raise an issue with the guidelines for RSO's to be clear.
fairly.reasonable.reasonably.fair May 31, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Before you read on, please take note of recent comments below as of May 2012. More info has come to light (a simple search every single person should make before living or even staying somewhere should do found this). This could have been far worse.
Dtayls 4me July 13, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Twenty years ago we weren't a 3rd world country. Our leaders have led us down the primrose path blindfolded and now we are expected to live in a civilized manner (their definition of civilized, not mine) without benefit of two basic liberties...to self-preserve and to live and let live. Government intrusion at all levels into our lives is becoming intolerable and the Telegraph Ave lifestyle is the result.
countmein September 05, 2012 at 08:30 AM
@Robert... The ignorant faced Mr. Open-Carry- Walter Stanley is a two timing, non-child supporter, with five children from two different women, and thinks he can get away with anything that is against the law...including selling/doing drugs. Believe me, he's not worth seeing. If you did, he would probably catch you on video with his handy dandy little homemade necklace video camera. While at the same time reciting all the penal codes that he has memorized. And if you do see him, tell him to get a job and stop running from the DCSS. Or maybe he should start selling used dvd's!
reggieqh1 December 24, 2012 at 06:51 PM
But why did you give him the money, because you wanted to feel good? The government gives away cell phones to the homeless. And maybe those nice clothes he was in were donated for a job interview, who knows. If you want to make sure your money goes to those really in need only give it to a well vetted charity. Otherwise if you give it to some stranger just think of it as that, giving money to a stranger just because he asked. Their story really doesn't matter.


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