What do lemonade stands, pumpkin stands, and cotton candy booths have in common?
Overbearing bureaucrats shut them down as though they’re a danger to the public.
In all three cases, little kids were busy trying to raise money for various things, and local officials decided to crack down.
In Idaho, a 4- and 6-year-olds pumpkin stand was also shut down by the Idaho Tax Commission for want of the proper papers and permits.
In New Hampshire, police shut down a cotton candy booth run by Cub Scouts also for lack of a permit.
Finally, in Oregon, a 7-year-old’s lemonade stand was shut down by health inspectors. These bozos demanded to see her license (which costs $120), and then threatened her with a $500 fine when she failed to provide it. She left the fair in tears.
Regulations that keep kids from opening lemonade stands, pumpkin stands, and cotton candy booths need revisiting. At least the officials involved are getting a richly deserved and very public shellacking in the court of public opinion.
P.S. I’m interested in these sorts of local-officials-acting-like-they’re-running-a-fiefdom cases because my mom and dad were recently charged for letting me use their property to run the tenth annual Liberty Summer Seminar. It made front-page news. Also second-page news. And news elsewhere in newspapers. And the response from the public was similar to the above cases.
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