The war on lemonade stands

Posted by: Phineas on June 17, 2011 at 1:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

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 Public Secrets)

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8 Responses to “The war on lemonade stands”

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  1. Jack Deth says:

    Happy Friday, ST: \:d/

    DC’s WMAL, AM630’s Chris Plante had a field day with this topic this morning. Living in The People’s Democratic Republic of Maryland, I’m not at all surprised that bureaucratic shake down artists trolling for young entrepreneurs.

    During the course of the hour, Chris asked “What is the lesson to teach your children here?”… One caller chimed in with, “Never vote Democrat!” :d

    Heck! Friends who have had Yard Sales have had them interrupted by State and Federal agencies looking for their piece of the action. Then and there. Or later, through an audit.

    Personally, I’d like to see Montgomery County back down on this one, but I doubt they will. :(

    Jack.

  2. Tex says:

    I’m not surprised. There seems to be a “race to the bottom” amongst so many government bureaucrats (national, state, local) these days. Local bureaucrats seems to be especially devoid of any common sense. I mean how stupid do you have to be to shut down a kid’s lemonade stand? And just look what the Cedar Falls City Council voted for last week. They approved mandatory lock boxes on the outside of buildings containing entry keys for all commercial properties, including apartment buildings and triplexes. Cedar Falls will soon become a burglar’s paradise.

  3. FrankNitti says:

    kind of funny…just up the street from where i live some kids just set up a lemonade stand…..think i’ll go buy a glass before they have to close shop.

    the govt just can get out if its way.

  4. Mo says:

    Move all the “Adolf Christie” screamers to California, along with any bureaucrat who invades a yard sale or closes a lemonade or cookie stand, move out the 3 or 4 people left in California with an ounce of decency or common sense, build a wall on the border of California and pen up these people as a menace to all the rest of us==and wait for the rising oceans of global warming to drown ‘em like the rats they are.

    Hey, one can dream, at any rate.

    This is very depressing stuff. Millions of freedom-loving Americans are being tortured and harassed by the totalitarian nutcase squad.

  5. Chris in N.Va. says:

    What a bunch of marOOns!

    Next thing you know, they’ll require Environmental Impact Studies to be done and submitted to the appropriate 17 committes for review.

    Is the footprint and shadow cast by your stand thwarting grass growth? That threatens the planet’s oxygen supply and Mother Gaia will be quite displeased, donthca know?

    And the bees!!! Attracted by the sugar, soon they’ll abandon their usual pollenation duties and our fauna will suffer, also dooming our planet to an early grave.

    Why, the various facets to consider are mind-boggling, especially to single-synapsed organisms like the bureauRAT that accosted this little girl.

    Twit!!!

  6. Carlos says:

    The stupidity and arrogance of these officials is exceeded only by their lack of common sense.

  7. captaingrumpy says:

    These regulatory councils are filled with Liberals that think everyone needs THEIR permission to fart.They get their orders from the unions that want all lemonade workers to join a union.(joke). It’s just more regulations to enforce their ideas that they are in power and what they say goes.Thuis I’m afraid is the truth.If it happened in my area,I would immediately set up a party to influence the next council elections.I don’t think enough councils have reps from the areas involved.More career politicians.

  8. captaingrumpy says:

    These regulatory councils are filled with Liberals that think everyone needs THEIR permission to fart.They get their orders from the unions that want all lemonade workers to join a union.(joke). It’s just more regulations to enforce their ideas that they are in power and what they say goes.This I’m afraid is the truth.If it happened in my area,I would immediately set up a party to influence the next council elections.I don’t think enough councils have reps from the areas involved.More career politicians is exactly what is NOT needed.