Friday, July 15, 2011

Georgia cops shut down kids’ lemonade stand

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Two little girls at a lemonade stand
Pictured: Criminals

More public servants doing society a favor in protecting us all from the scourge of unlawful child-run enterprises:

MIDWAY, GA. — Police in Georgia have shut down a lemonade stand run by three girls trying to save up for a trip to a water park, saying they didn't have a business license or the required permits.

Midway Police Chief Kelly Morningstar says police also didn't know how the lemonade was made, who made it or what was in it.

The girls had been operating for one day when Morningstar and another officer cruised by.

The girls needed a business license, peddler's permit and food permit to operate, even on residential property. The permits cost $50 a day or $180 per year.

One girl, 14-year-old Casity Dixon, says the three had to listen to police and shut down.

The girls are now doing chores and yard work to make money.

That’s what you get for trying to be responsible citizens out to make their own money through honest work, kids. I can only wonder how many comic book, sitcom and literary characters would be criminals in this modern, over-regulated world.

Though, on the other hand, given my experience today (hence the lack of blogging), the cops probably just saved (or delayed) the girls from an unseemly number of scrapes and bruises, not to mention the sort of muscle soreness not felt since Atlas’s first week on the job.


(via @radleybalko)