Government morons shut down another kid’s lemonade stand

julie murphy

BUSTED

The criminal in the above photo is 7 yo Julie Murphy. Her offense? Selling lemonade without a restaurant license at a monthly art fair in Northeast Portland, Oregon. I suppose she should be grateful that they didn’t haul her away in cuffs. (story here)

It’s hardly unusual to hear small-business owners gripe about licensing requirements or complain that heavy-handed regulations are driving them into the red.

So when Multnomah County shut down an enterprise last week for operating without a license, you might just sigh and say, there they go again.

Except this entrepreneur was a 7-year-old named Julie Murphy. Her business was a lemonade stand at the Last Thursday monthly art fair in Northeast Portland. The government regulation she violated? Failing to get a $120 temporary restaurant license.

Turns out that kids’ lemonade stands — those constants of summertime — are supposed to get a permit in Oregon, particularly at big events that happen to be patrolled regularly by county health inspectors.

I’m sure everyone feels so much safer thanks to the regular patrols by county health inspectors.

Julie was careful about making the lemonade, cleaning her hands with hand sanitizer, using a scoop for the bagged ice and keeping everything covered when it wasn’t in use, Fife said.

After 20 minutes, a “lady with a clipboard” came over and asked for their license. When Fife explained they didn’t have one, the woman told them they would need to leave or possibly face a $500 fine.

Surprised, Fife started to pack up. The people staffing the booths next to them encouraged the two to stay, telling them the inspectors had no right to kick them out of the neighborhood gathering. They also suggested that they give away the lemonade and accept donations instead and one of them made an announcement to the crowd to support the lemonade stand.

That’s when business really picked up — and two inspectors came back, Fife said. Julie started crying, while her mother packed up and others confronted the inspectors. “It was a very big scene,” Fife said.

I understand that these government drones were just “doing their job,” but what about a little common sense? By what measure would this kid’s lemonade be “safer” had she paid for the license? SHEESH. These drones displayed the same zero tolerance, zero common sense mentality so often found in government schools.

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