Friday, August 6, 2010

Kid In Oregon Needs A $120 Licence To Run A Lemonade Stand?

Someone has got to be bored. Looking to fine a 7 year old for operating a lemonade stand? I used to do this stuff with my friends back in the day. We even had Kool-Aid stands too. People loved it. Where has this country gone?

The Oregonian: It's hardly unusual to hear small-business owners gripe about licensing requirements or complain that heavy-handed regulations are driving them into the red.

So when Multnomah County shut down an enterprise last week for operating without a license, you might just sigh and say, there they go again.

Except this entrepreneur was a 7-year-old named Julie Murphy. Her business was a lemonade stand at the Last Thursday monthly art fair in Northeast Portland. The government regulation she violated? Failing to get a $120 temporary restaurant license.

Turns out that kids' lemonade stands -- those constants of summertime -- are supposed to get a permit in Oregon, particularly at big events that happen to be patrolled regularly by county health inspectors.
Read more here

As Another Black Conservative put it: This is a perfect example of where common sense has left the building. Because we have become a society that wants to live a risk free and irresponsible life, we elect government to watch out for us at every turn. The trade off is freedom is eroded and commonsense takes a backseat.

Did any of these inspectors ever stop to think that children’s lemonade stands have been around forever and millions of people have not keeled over and died because of them? If past generations have successfully survived the hidden threat of “food-borne illness” from lemonade stands, then I think this generation can pull through just fine. We don’t need government to protect us from every tiny possible danger...

The whole point in buying the cup was to help this little girl make some money and experience the rudiments of entrepreneurship. Only the biggest idiot on the planet would expect restaurant level hygiene from a kid working a sidewalk lemonade stand. Commonsense people, we got to use some commonsense.

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