A no-doubt Leftist San Francisco resident felt compelled to call the police on a 8 year old entrepreneur selling water to hot and thirsty people. Now granted it was no Lemonade Stand
When life gives you lemons, you can make lemonade – but you may not be able to sell it at a lemonade stand, at least not without jumping through some legal hoops.
There is an inexplicable war on lemonade stands, as a Forbes headline so eloquently put it, and your kids are losing the battle. Giving moonshine a run for its money, many kids’ lemonade stands are getting shut down.
Here are five legal issues that can potentially stand in the way of your kid’s lemonade stand:
Permits: To operate a lawful lemonade stand, your mini-entrepreneur may need to apply for vendor and food permits. You may need a permit even when the stand is operating from the “company headquarters” (i.e., your house…). Three girls in Georgia learned this lesson the hard way when they were busted by their local police chief for running an illegal lemonade stand, according to NBC News. They were saving up for water park tickets.
Public health: To comply with your local health code, you may need a license and an inspection. For failing to do that, an inspector in Oregon shut down a 7-year-old girl’s lemonade stand at a monthly art fair in Portland.
Local ordinances: It’d be a shame if little Timmy slogged away making his Country Time-esque libation only to find out it violates a local ordinance. For example, a Wisconsin city council passed an ordinance preventing vendors from selling products within two blocks of local events – including kids who wanted to sell lemonade, according to Green Bay’s WLUK-TV.
Zoning and traffic: If little Timmy’s lemonade stand is blocking traffic, causing congestion or creating an obstruction on public sidewalks, law enforcement may shut down his stand because of traffic and safety concerns. The parents of kids running a lemonade stand in Maryland during the U.S. Open were slapped with a $500 fine in part because of vehicular and foot traffic. Check zoning and traffic laws – especially during special events.
Labor laws: Remember, federal and state child labor laws prevent children of certain ages from working certain jobs.
No its just plain old water, now San Francisco may have the same myriad of regulations for water as the rest of the local and state agencies have for lemonade and perhaps #PermitPatty was aware of them. The whole debacle over at twitter became a cause dujour for the leftists who love a good racist story and well Patty is white and the young lady is black. If those people had one ounce of intelligent brain matter they’d recognize that the problem isn’t racism (that is not to say Patty isn’t a racist, who knows, she maybe, the left tend to express it more often then most). No the problem is what a good Professor at Tennessee University has written about often Ham Sandwich Nation
Given the vast web of legislation and regulation that exists today, virtually any American is at risk of prosecution should a prosecutor decide that they are, in Jackson’s words, a person “he should get.”
As Tim Wu recounted in 2007, a popular game in the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York was to name a famous person–Mother Teresa, or John Lennon-and decide how they could be prosecuted.
And, once charged with a crime, citizens are in a tough position. First, they must bear the costs of a defense, unless they’re indigent. Second, even if they consider themselves entirely innocent, they will face strong pressure to accept a plea bargain, pressure made worse by the modern tendency of prosecutors to overcharge with extensive “kitchen-‐sink” indictments: When facing a hundred felony charges, the prospect that a jury might go along with even one of them is enough to make a plea deal look attractive, something that many prosecutors count on. Then, of course, there are the reputational damages involved, which may be of greatest importance precisely in cases where political motivations might be involved. And prosecutors have no countervailing incentives not to overcharge. A defendant who makes the wrong choice will wind up in jail; a prosecutor who charges improperly will suffer little, if any, adverse consequence beyond a poor win/loss record. Prosecutors are even absolutely immune from lawsuits over misconduct in their prosecutorial capacity.
We were even blessed this week with clear and disgusting examples of government overlap in such a way as to make you a criminal at any time Regulation Nation
He criticized the “Byzantine nature” by which the government regulates, creating headaches for business owners, employees and taxpayers.
“If you have a cheese pizza, it’s governed by the Food & Drug Administration. If you put a pepperoni on it, it’s governed by the [Department of Agriculture],” he said.
“If you have a [live] chicken, it’s governed by the USDA. If that chicken lays an egg, it’s governed by the FDA, but if you break the egg and make an omelette, that’s again governed by the USDA.”
He said that a hot dog is regulated simultaneously by two government agencies and said that one of the most intricate and “bizarre” cases of regulations involves saltwater fish.
Mulvaney said that a salmon in the ocean is governed by the Department of Commerce, but that when the salmon is swimming upstream into freshwater where it breeds, it is governed by Ryan Zinke and the Department of the Interior.
On its way to the breeding grounds, it encounters a fish ladder — a device used to help fish navigate waterfalls and other impediments — that is governed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The insanity chosen by #PermitPatty to stop a young child from learning commerce will never be understood by this writer, however the criminality that the government imposes on all people wanting to engage in commerce is. It must be stopped.