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August 7, 2009

CALIFORNIA TOWN SHUTS DOWN 8 YEAR OLD'S LEMONADE STAND FOR LACK OF BUSINESS LICENSE

Fresno Bee - Eight-year-old Daniela Earnest has made lemonade out of lemons in more ways than one this week.

Hoping to raise money for a family trip to Disneyland, the Tulare girl opened a lemonade stand Monday. But because Daniela didn't have a business license, the city of Tulare shut it down the same day.

From that came a radio station's offer of Disneyland tickets to Daniela's family -- in exchange for 30 cups of lemonade -- and an appearance in front of the Tulare City Council on Tuesday night that will likely lead to a compromise allowing her lemonade stand and other pint-sized business ventures to operate legally . . .

Tulare officials said they cannot recall ever shutting down a lemonade stand before this week. But it's not altogether uncommon. Authorities across the nation have done the same. And in Fresno, a Huntington Boulevard shaved ice machine run by a resident mostly so neighborhood kids could get a sno-cone on hot days was shut down by a Fresno code enforcer .

Ed Earnest, Daniela's father, said Garcia got "a bad rap" from critics about his enforcement actions. "He was just doing his job," Earnest said. . .

Vice Mayor Philip Vandegrift said a compromise -- possibly asking lemonade stand operators to pay a nominal fee or establishing a license fee waiver for children under a certain age -- could be the outcome of Daniela's experience.

However, the city needs to enforce vendor laws, Vandegrift said, "otherwise we'll have people on every corner."

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vendors just selling things willy nilly? That's crazy. What is this? A free market?

August 7, 2009 11:19 PM  
Anonymous Boffin said...

Cops busting up a little kid's lemonade stand. Is this a slow news day or what?

August 7, 2009 11:42 PM  
Blogger LifelongLib said...

I have to sympathize with the various agencies on this one. I'm on a couple of home owners associations and we run into the same kinds of situations, where the rules seem absurd but if you don't enforce them you open yourself to all sorts of problems.

August 8, 2009 4:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Claiming to be a "lib" who is on couple of homeowner associations doesn't give your point any weight. You might want to keep your neighborhood clear of "bad elements" or random vendors. But the fact is you have to share your space with other people even if you pay a lot of money to exclude them. If the rules seema absurd, it's because they are.

August 8, 2009 5:57 AM  
Anonymous Mairead said...

Licence laws seldom have much to do with protecting the public. Mostly they're ways to restrain trade to the benefit of existing sources of political cash. Plus being, in the case of expensive licences (e.g. cabs, booze) a nice rake-off for the city.

Someone out to poison the populace isn't going to be stopped by licence requirements. And someone conscientiously serving food they'd be happy to eat themselves is not going to be made better by licence requirements, just (in the case of this little girl, or the people trying to feed the poor) kept from operating.

A useful law would be that if people get sick at your place, you get shut down for a week for the first instance, a month for the second, and a year for the third. And if you open another place, and it happens again, you're told to find other work or go to jail.

August 8, 2009 7:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The law is an ass..."

August 8, 2009 8:26 AM  
Anonymous robbie said...

This is ludicrous. Everything that we were taught to believe in is all crap. This country is on its way to crash and burn.

August 8, 2009 7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If people are just able to open businesses and make money providing services to each other, it will totally blow our chance for record-breaking unemployment.

August 9, 2009 8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You all suck and i think the kid should be able to operate.If you shut her down for not having a the permit to be a vendor than lets charge all the crack dealers with that too! All of you are stupid ass cunts who should eat a dick!

August 30, 2009 1:22 PM  

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