The war on lemonade stands

June 17, 2011

What is it with petty little bureaucrats and children’s lemonade stands? First it was some martinet in Oregon who made a 7-year old girl cry, and now a county inspector in Maryland not only shut down some kids’ stand, but he fined their parents $500:

You can make a fortune selling parking spots outside the US Open, but don’t even dream of setting up a lemonade stand.

A county inspector ordered the Marriott and Augustine kids to shut down the stand they set up on Persimmon Tree Rd, right next to Congressional. And after they allegedly ignored a couple of warnings, the inspector fined their parents $500.

“This gentleman from the county is now telling us because we don’t have a vendors license, the kids won’t be allowed to sell their lemonade,” Carrie Marriott told us, her voice trembling.

The kids can’t seem to understand it. “I don’t agree, I think the county is wrong.” “We’re sending the money to charity.”

A county official claimed there was some sort of risk because of traffic in the area, but the fact is that any vendor in the county, even a child selling ice-cold lemonade from his front lawn, has to register and get a license.

Give me a break. Is common sense that alien to government?

And yes, that was a rhetorical question.

via Tim Carney

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Mean old Nanny State makes little girl cry

August 6, 2010

Aw, come on! You’re going to shut down a 7-year old’s lemonade stand because she didn’t have a $120 business license? Are you nuts? What’s next? No dirt-lot softball because the kids aren’t wearing regulation knee pads?

Even the granola and Birkenstocks crowd in Oregon wouldn’t stand for it:

The people staffing the booths next to them encouraged the two to stay, telling them the inspectors had no right to kick them out of the neighborhood gathering. They also suggested that they give away the lemonade and accept donations instead and one of them made an announcement to the crowd to support the lemonade stand.

That’s when business really picked up — and two inspectors came back, Fife said. Julie started crying, while her mother packed up and others confronted the inspectors. “It was a very big scene,” Fife said.

Sense finally prevailed: the Multnomah County Chairman apologized for his martinet inspectors. No word on if the inspectors were ordered to much-needed common sense classes.

LINKS: Allahpundit thinks the Republicans should buy the picture (see initial link) and slap it on every flier and mailing from now until Election Day. At Big Government, Bob Ewing sees this as an example of licensing gone wild. More from Sister Toldjah.