Show us your papers: City shuts 8-yr old's lemonade standSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Fri, 08/07/2009 - 13:48
These stories might drive me over to Ron Paul's camp. Government is supposed to serve the people. It would help if they used common sense as they try to do their jobs. I believe in the notion of the commons and there are services that government is supposed to provide - our common defense, roads, fire and police protection (from real crime), education... health care. Code enforcement on lemonade stands - Not so much!
Shutting down an 8-year old's lemonade stand is about close to being a boneheaded decision ever made by a city official. Thank God, it was not in San Francisco though Chuck Nevius' story on former homeless Larry Moore shoe shine epic comes close.
Here's the story which I picked up listening to the radio: The story began Monday morning when Daniela Earnest and her stepmother, Marisa Earnest, set up shop in Tulare, California. Daniela wanted to save money to buy tickets for Disneyland. The lemonade was freshly squeezed and priced at $2 for a 32-ounce plastic cup. Richard Garcia, a Tulare Code Enforcement Officer, happened to be at the same intersection. Garcia told Daniela and her stepmother that their lemonade stand - on the corner of a busy intersection - was not safe and also that they needed a business license to sell lemonade.
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