I remember hearing a story once that went something like this:

A behavior specialist for the US Army was sent to a city in Iraq where civil unrest frequently broke out. While studying a major plaza in the city, he noticed a few things:

First, a crowd would gather. Next, the food trucks would arrive to serve the crowd. Then, a riot would break out.

So, he decided to try prohibiting the food trucks from entering the plaza. His plan worked - the next day's crowd would gather and simply disperse.

I was unable to verify this story, however.

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    There's a bit of a difference between preventing food trucks stopping in one particular location and "banning food trucks". – KillingTime Dec 10 '16 at 9:39
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    Yes, when crowds get denied their access to food they usually just disperse pacifically. It is not as if the lack of food had ever started riots or revolutions. Maybe they just did send the trucks to different locations to allow too many people gathering together? – SJuan76 Dec 10 '16 at 13:08
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    is a "food truck" in this anecdote something that sells sandwiches and coffee in the town square, or a large aid truck dispensing bags of millet to starving aid recipients? Big difference. – Kate Gregory Dec 10 '16 at 14:21
  • @Kate: The trucks may have been selling the food. – moonman239 Dec 12 '16 at 15:27
  • @KillingTime: The trucks were prohibited from entering the square. – moonman239 Dec 12 '16 at 15:28

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