This is what happens when a society devolves into a totalitarian Nanny State.
Police closed down a lemonade stand in Coralville, Iowa, telling its 4-year-old operator and her dad that she didn’t have a permit.
Multnomah County Oregon shut down 7-year-old Julie Murphy’s lemonade stand because she didn’t get a $120 license.
Police in Midway, Georgia closed down a lemonade stand run by three girls trying to save up for a trip to a water park, saying they didn’t have a business license or the required permits.
Said the cops:
“We were not aware of how the lemonade was made, who made the lemonade, or what the lemonade was made with”
When I was a kid I usually made it with fresh-squeezed lemons, sugar, water, and ice cubes, you brainless pricks.
In Hazelwood, Missouri two young girls scouts have been permanently banned from selling girl scout cookies in the front yard of their own home. A neighbor ratted them out and the police swooped in rapidly to shut them down because the girls were violating a city ordinance that bans “the sale of commodities” from a home.
A lemonade stand run by some kids in Maryland that was raising money for a pediatric cancer charity was shut down and authorities originally slapped a $500 fine on their parents until bad publicity forced them to rescind the fine.
In Tulare, California one little 7-year-old girl recently had her lemonade stand shut down by authorities because she did not have the proper business permits.
A little girl’s lemonade stand at the San Fransisco symphony event at Delores Park, was shut down after a vigilant, crime-fighting cop passed by. San Francisco Police spokesman Sergeant Troy Dangerfield has the city municipal code committed to memory, chapter and verse:
“How can you tell the ice cream carts to leave and then let some people sell other things?” “Just because they’re kids they shouldn’t get a free pass, you know?”
A lemonade stand in Philadelphia, trying to raise money for kids’ cancer research, was shut down because an inspector said the group didn’t have “a permit to operate, or a hand-washing station.”
Why don’t you take a bite out of some real crime, McGruff?
In Wisconsin, 10-year-old Lydia Coenen and her 9-year-old sister Vivian Coenen were forced to close their satnd by a cop who cited city ordinance. At least the Police Chief David Walsh displayed a rare instance of common sense:
“Not our finest hour, but I believe the officer was acting in the spirit of inter-departmental cooperation rather than malice toward childhood lemonade stands,” Walsh said. “We often have to tell good people that their actions violate an ordinance. In this instance, it appears we went a step too far. I’ll make sure it does not repeat itself.”
The rash of police crackdowns on lemonade-selling criminals has prompted at least one lawyer (go figure) to post this on his website: “What to Do If Someone Tries to Shut Down Your Lemonade Stand.”
Any cop or city inspector who goes to the trouble of targeting innocuous lemonade stands has a good job waiting for them at the TSA.