Want a glimpse of what the future holds for you and your children under the Democrats’ plan for the “good life?” Encourage your kids to put up a lemonade stand.
Six year-old Ali Thorn’s lemonade stand in Belleair, Fla., was closed down in 1983 after police received an anonymous complaint that her sign did not comply with city ordinances, but was quickly allowed to reopen.
Nine year-old Max Schilling’s seven-foot high lemonade stand in Watchung, N.J., was shuttered in 1988 after city officials claimed it was a permanent structure that sat too close to the street and threatened to fine him $500 a day. After a brief legal fight, Schilling’s stand was allowed to reopen.
Twelve year-old Sarah Knott and 13-year-old Margaret Johnson’s stand in Charleston, S.C., was shut down by police officers in 1993 because they didn’t have a peddler’s license. However, after a public outcry, the city apologized to the girls and allowed them to continue.
Seven year-old Julie Murphy’s lemonade stand in Portland, Ore., was shuttered in 2010, because she did not have a temporary restaurant permit, a license that carries a $120 fee, although that decision was later reversed with a Multnomah County chairman admitting that food inspectors may have overstepped their bounds, saying, “A 7-year-old selling lemonade isn’t the same as a grown-up selling burritos out of a cart.”
Kasity Dixon’s, 14, Tiffany Cassin’s, 12, and Skylar Robert’s, 10 lemonade stand in Midway, Ga was shuttered in 2011 because they didn’t have a business license, a peddler’s permit, or a food permit, all of which would have cost them $50 a day to obtain for temporary use or $180 for the year. Despite national media attention and complaints from residents, the city wouldn’t back down.
Caitlin and Abigail Mills’ Girl Scout cookie stand in Hazelwood, Mo., was also closed in 2011 for violating an ordinance banning the sale of items from a residential property.
Ten year-old Morgen Morris from Indianapolis was ordered by local health officials to shut down her lemonade stand back in May of 2013. Young Morgen did not possess the necessary permit from her county’s health department allowing her to sell food or beverages publicly. The city later apologized after considerable public outcry but still requires all lemonade stands to obtain permits.
A few months later in Nevada, two young sisters were issued a citation for selling lemonade at the Reno-Tahoe Open, according to reports. Emma Farrell, 12, and Alex Farrell, 14, apparently failed to get the proper permit before setting up a lemonade stand at the Montreux Golf and Country Club during the golf tournament, which resulted in both them and their parents being fined.
To view these incidents and more, the libertarian Freedom Center of Missouri produced a map to show the locations and provide a description of each incident.
“In the Progressive Democratic Socialist’s utopian world, government controls and regulates every human activity and endeavor. Every activity is illegal unless permitted by government. Government reigns supreme while individual rights become mere privilege. Government is the landowner and the citizen is the tenant. Government is the master and the citizens are the slaves.”