Stupid: Missouri city gets tough on selling Girl Scout cookies on front lawn

Via CBS St. Louis:

HAZELWOOD, Mo. (KMOX/AP) – The city of Hazelwood says they do support the Girl Scouts but not when they are violating the home occupancy code.

They’d been warned, but the city says the Girl Scouts Abigail and Caitlin Mills continued to sell Girl Scout cookies from a stand in front of their home. A neighbor complained anonymously because of all the people and the traffic and the dogs barking at all the people and the traffic.

“Based on this complaint, the city of Hazelwood had to take action,” says spokesman Tim Davidson. He says it is also against city code to sell products from home.

And while he has heard some complaints from residents that Hazelwood is being too harsh on the teens, Davidson says others have pointed out that one tenet of the Girl Scouts is good citizenship.

“The fact that we did have this code in place, it’s the responsibility of every good citizen to respect the laws that we have,” said Davidson.

But the girls’ mother, Carolyn Mills, is vowing to let them keep selling their cookies, until they reach their goal of 2,000 purchases.

She says the cookie stand is equally important as a learning opportunity. “This is teaching leadership, communication, entrepreneurship,” Mills explains. “They’re getting to know the value of money, and how to keep people from ripping you off.”

Mills says the cookie stand has been a six year tradition, that started by chance. “We were parked in the driveway, counting the cookies in the back of the van, when suddenly a car pulled up and the driver asked if we had any extras,” explained Mills. “And then another car pulled up. And another.”

I could think of much, much worse things people could be doing/selling in their front yards, but maybe that’s just me …

As a sidenote, I’m curious to know as to whether or not they allow yard sales there? If you’re not allowed to “sell products from home”, it makes you wonder.

Phineas butts in: I just love these martinet bureaucrats who like to ruin kids’ fun. Here’s one from last summer, when Multnomah County, Oregon, bureaucrats shut down a little girl’s lemonade stand because she didn’t have a proper (and expensive) license. ST covered it, here.

New Tone Watch: OK firefighter union uses OKC bombing image in kill the bill effort

Oklahoma’s NewsOK reports on a pro-union ad in Oklahoma that has generated controversy (via Jim Hoft):

A state senator today blasted a firefighter union television advertisement as “horrific and tasteless” for using images of the Oklahoma City bombing to make a case against his bill.

The advertisement by the International Association of Firefighters began airing today [yesterday – ST].

It asks residents to oppose Senate Bill 826, which changes how public safety labor unions and cities handle contract disputes.

Several images of firefighters are used in the commercial, including a short clip of the remnants of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building after it was bombed April 19, 1995.

When the image of the bombed Murrah Building is shown in the commercial, a narrator says: “We’re there when you need us. Now we need you. Tell politicians to do what’s right: Oppose SB 826 and support Oklahoma’s firefighters.”

“The AFL-CIO and the IAFF should be ashamed of this horrific and tasteless commercial,” said Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City. “The victims and heroes of April 19th are not political pawns to be exploited whenever the Legislature seeks to reform a union negotiating process.”

Holt, a trustee for the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, asked that the commercial be taken off the airwaves.

Here’s video of the ad:

Now, we know the left would be having an absolute fit and falling in it if it was a Republican or Republican-leaning group running an ad that contained images from from a national tragedy in order to try to persuade voters one way or another on legislation and/or to vote for or against a politico, but so far, no comments that I know of. And the article points out that the firefighter union in question has yet to respond to the criticism from Holt .

Robert Stacy McCain responds:

The first line of the ad:

“Firefighters and paramedics are sworn to saving lives and protecting property.”

Now, ‘protecting property’ could be construed to mean ‘protecting the value of the property’ without a lot of mental gymnastics. So how does that work, if the funding model for the union benefits bankrupts the community?

A public sector union is a mutiny, and merits all the affection afforded such.

Your thoughts?

Cross-posted to Right Wing News.