Kids better beware, this is a Progressive America now, you need a license to sell lemonade. You wouldn't want unauthorized lemonade out there would you? Because the government is infallible, don't you know.
Beautiful. That's capitalism at work for you. I'll bet your customers loved that little innovation from you. I look forward to reading your hub about it. Although it's apparently 50 cents a glass today, probably a dollar for your special brew. Inflation is a terror.
I had a Kool-Aid stand when I was a little kid, but it ended up not working out. I also went to the penny candy store when I was a kid and would come back to my neighborhood and sell the candy for more, but we never really made much being in a neighborhood where there weren't many kids.
Oh no. It gets better. That poor little girl was the target of overzealous public servants. There is no law, regulation or ordnance requiring the licensing of a lemonade stand. Those rangers were poorly trained and only thought they had to give the poor guy a ticket. Either they weren't trained very well or the park service has the mentality that most any type of commercial venture in New York needs a license. I'm not sure which is worse.
But most metropolitan cities do have regulations regarding any type of street vending. Most require street venders to have permits and proper sanitation for selling foodstuff. Even the street performers have to have permits as well as street artists.
It's a scam. Just having a piece of paper doesn't guarantee that a particular vendor is clean and sanitary. Only the fear of losing customers to food poisoning will force him to be sanitary. Licensing is just another way to keep the sheeple from looking around and seeing how bad they're being fleeced. Sooner or later these agencies always run amok. Look what happened to this little girl.
Not long ago on our local news there was a big stink about a little boy (a really little boy) who wanted to leave small pots of geraniums on the empty graves of veterans (who had been gone so long they were unattended). He noticed the graves, and put little geraniums in little pots, and thought it would be a nice thing - nope!! There was some regulation that prohibited that particular behavior.
(When my son was 7, and his sister was 4, they and their two friends decided to have a lemonade stand. Being the eldest, my son put together a giant notebook with "architectural" drawings, lists of what they'd need for equipment and ingredients, and whatever other "plans" there were for this project. They worked on that giant book of plans (with the help of my son's writing ability, since the others couldn't yet write ) for a couple of weeks, and my son dragged it around with him to add notes and study the plans. Somewhere along the way the whole idea got abandoned . Just as well, I guess. They didn't have any permit. )
That one story, when it was reported (a while ago) was just kind of bizarre. I don't recall the details, but I think it may just have been that strangers aren't supposed to leave stuff on the graves of people they don't know. In the end, they may have let the kid (not sure); but there was no way anyone in those graves had any relatives still kicking around. The lemonade-license thing is fairly common. It shows up every once in a while on the news (some five-year-old "shut down" for violating the law ). All they need to do is put in a clause, "This law doesn't apply to people 8 years old and under, but drink at your own risk."
Typical of Fox News. Stir up the shack-dwelling rubes with the latest "overblown government" horror story. The follow-up will probably be that the gun-toting idiot from New Hampshire is coming down to protect the little girl's stand from the government storm troopers.
Grow up kids. Some people are so easily manipulated.
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