The war on kids’ lemonade stands marches on

Posted by: Phineas on July 15, 2011 at 4:31 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Nanny says, no fun for you!

What is it with petty bureaucrats and children who want to make a few bucks? Is it a form of bullying? Should we alert Michelle Obama? Now a couple of martinets in Georgia have busted up a speakeasy are the latest warriors in the desperate fight against lemonade stands:

The girls had been operating for one day when Midway’s police chief and another officer cruised by. They had been trying to earn enough money to go to a water park.

The girls needed a business license, peddler’s permit and food permit to operate, even on residential property. The permits cost $50 a day or $180 per year.

Midway Police Chief Kelly Morningstar says police didn’t know how the lemonade was made, who made it or what was in it.

Thank God the cops intervened when they did; who knows how many unsuspecting people might have bought a cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer day from girls who were —gasp!— unlicensed?

Really, what’s more “Norman Rockwell’s America” than some kids starting up a front-yard business? Like newspaper routes and washing cars, it gives a sense of responsibility, self-reliance, accomplishment, and teaches a little bit about business and capitalism. And shouldn’t we be happy that these girls wanted to earn the money on their own, rather than ask their parents for it?

Instead, they get a lesson in the dead hand of the State.

In the end, the young entrepreneurs took down their stand and did chores for the money, but they should never have had to. As much as I’m annoyed with the cops for not just showing some common sense (and maybe buying a glass or two), the idiots who passed these regulations need an educational kick in the keester. It’s one thing to regulate an adult’s business for health and safety reasons… but this?

What’s next? No kite-flying without filing a flight plan?

RELATED: Earlier posts on the Lemonade Stand War.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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13 Responses to “The war on kids’ lemonade stands marches on”


  1. Sefton says:

    In the meantime, the house a block over is a known meth lab and harbors illegals in transit to “do the jobs Americans won’t”.
    But let’s crack down on these subversive little kids trying to make a few bucks at their innocent lemonade stand.
    What the hell is happening to our country?

  2. maddogg says:

    Jebus! What a pair of chicken lolly a$$holes.

  3. tommy mc donnell says:

    if you want to have a lemonade stand you have to pay the politican. that’s the way it is in a marxist country. keep electing those liberals.

  4. pagar says:

    These budding go getters have to be crushed quickly, otherwise they might end up giving these earnings geniuses competition.

    Want to know where your tax money went? Read the list, watch the video.

  5. Great White Rat says:

    it gives a sense of responsibility, self-reliance, accomplishment, and teaches a little bit about business and capitalism.

    And that’s exactly what’s wrong with it! Geez, sometimes you really are dense, Phineas.

    Look, the goal here is to pound any of those instincts out of kids at an early age. They need to grow up thinking that everything good and pure in life is the direct result of government regulations, and in this case those best of all regulations will be issued by the Grand High Exalted White House Lemonade Stand Czar, appointed personally by Dear Leader.

    We want the next generation of kids to become mind-numbed sheep, with no concept of those old-fashioned concepts you’re blathering about. Personal responsibility? Self-reliance? Accomplishment? How…..unfair! Why, these girls might earn a dollar or two more than some kid who didn’t win life’s lottery and didn’t set up a lemonade stand. You get kids used to that, and the next thing you know they’ll be questioning the need to redistribute the wealth or to rely on the government for their every need!

    Try to give these wonderful stories a little bit of thought next time before you go posting such foolishness, OK?

  6. Phineas says:


    You’re right, what was I thinking??

  7. Carlos says:

    And being from the late, great state of Confusion California, Phineas, you should know that Fresno is about to put the kibosh on such nefarious activities, too, making sure the government gets its full pound of flesh from every budding capitalist.

  8. Phineas says:


    Obviously their brains are as shriveled as the raisins they grow around there.

  9. Peter says:

    This must be done. If those girls had run their lemonade stand for ten minutes longer they would be more qualified than BHO, Slow Joe and the entire Cabinet.

  10. Carlos says:

    Oh! The utter horror of being exposed to something not properly inspected by the USDA (like all the meat and veggie recalls we get almost on a daily basis), by the local gendarmes (whose policy is “Never let a good chance to scare kids into eternal submission go to waste”), and by the local restaurant police (we used to call them “grease gropers”, as opposed to the sanitation inspectors whose inspected drain fields), not to mention our First Lady of Making Sure Everyone Else Eats What’s Good For Them, ol’ Thunderthighs herself, who hasn’t seen her hubby stick anything healthful in his mouth (except his own foot) in the last two years.

    And our young Einstein prez can’t figure out why people oppose his policies? He thinks it’s because he’s 1/2 black! It never occurs to him he’s about four ballfields away from a sane game here.

  11. captaingrumpy says:

    Police Chief Kelly M ,Is that Kelly as in a female name,was this police chief a female.?
    If it was and if she is a MUM then she should be ashamed of herself. If she is 45,single,ugly, then we in the world view understand how she feels.

  12. Hugo S. says:

    Actually, what is needed is more of this kind of thing. The full weight of the state should fall completely and totally, to the extent allowed by regulations, on *everyone* (and not just on the productive few), so that everyone might better understand the nature and extent of the system under which they live.