The Government War On Kid-Run Concession Stands


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LEGEND:
Red = Town has previously shut down kid-run concession stands.
Yellow = Town says kid-run concession stands are illegal unless the kids obtain at least one city permit.
Green = Town permits kid-run concession stands without requiring any permits.

April 16, 2012 – For years the Westbury family had sold lemonade, cookies, and banana bread from the end of their driveway in Hopkinton, Massachusetts to spectators at the Boston Marathon; the family donated the proceeds to Relay for Life, an anti-cancer charity.  But on April 16, 2012, city health officials shut them down because they had not obtained a permit.

August 6, 2011 – The Massachusetts State Police shut down the stand of a 12-year-old refugee from Fukushima, Japan, who was selling green tea he’d brought with him when they evacuated after the tsunami.

August 1, 2011 – Police officers in Coralville, Iowa, ordered at least three different sets of children to quit selling lemonade during the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa unless they first got a vendor’s permit and a health inspection. This is the first known example of a coordinated set of shutdowns at a single time.

July 19, 2011 – McAllen, Texas shuts down girls’ lemonade stand for failure to obtain food permit, may assess grandmother $50 fine.

July 17, 2011 – Police in Appleton, Wisconsin inform children that despite legally selling lemonade and cookies in their front yard during an annual city festival for the past six or seven years, a new city ordinance bans these sales in order to protect licensed vendors from competition.

July 15, 2011 – Cops in Midway, Georgia shut down a lemonade stand some kids were running in their own front yard, saying the kids had to obtain a peddler’s license, a food license, and pay $50 per day for a temporary business permit.

June 16, 2011 – County Inspector in Maryland closes kids’ lemonade stand, fines parents $500.

June 10, 2011 – Philadelphia Department of Health shuts down cancer charity’s lemonade stand for lack of permit, hand-washing station.

March 7, 2011 – Hazelwood, Missouri, demands an end to Girl Scouts’ driveway cookie stand.

February 26, 2011 – Georgia police demand closure of Girl Scout cookie stand until girls obtain a peddler’s permit.

February 26, 2011 – In a separate incident, Savannah, Georgia, determines that city ordinances require an end to 40 year tradition of Girl Scouts selling cookies outside the historic home of the organization’s founder.

November 15, 2010 – Politician in New York sics police on 13-year-olds for selling cupcakes.

October 23, 2010 – Idaho Tax Commission official demands closure of children’s roadside pumpkin stand.

August 6, 2010 – Oregon health inspector orders lemonade stand closed unless 7-year-old girl obtains $120 license.

August 8, 2009 – California code enforcement officer shuts down 8-year-old girl’s lemonade stand for lack of city license.

July 19, 2009 – Police officers in Pennsylvania shut down neighborhood lemonade stand.

August 28, 2008 – Neighborhood produce stand operated by 11-year-old and 4-year-old ordered closed in Clayton, California.

August 19, 2008 – New York City Police close lemonade stand operated by 9- and 10-year old, demanding they first obtain permits – which the children subsequently requested and were denied.

July 19, 2008 – The Mayor of Claremont, California, ordered the closure of a Girl Scout Cookie stand. Afterward, the City Council proposed that all “solicitors” in the city – specifically including Girl Scouts – must have a permit before going door-to-door. After an initial furor, the ordinance passed.

September 25, 2005 – City officials in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, threaten to shut down lemonade stand operated by Brownie troop raising funds to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina.

August 3, 2005 – 11- and 9-year-old selling lemonade on Salem Common in Massachusetts are ordered to shut down after nearby sausage vendor complains to police that they were negatively affecting his business.

January 6, 2005 – 10-year-old in Miami Beach, Florida, told the city would not issue her a permit to sell lemonade to raise funds for disaster relief.

August 14, 2004 – St. Louis city health commissioner demands shut down of 10- and 12-year-olds’ lemonade stand for lack of proper licenses and “unsafe ice cubes.”

July 13, 2004 – Despite having a permit from one city department in Las Cruces, New Mexico, three sisters were forced to close their front-yard drink stand.

August 27, 2003 – St. Paul, Minnesota’s Office of Licenses, Inspections and Environmental Protection shut down a seven-year-old’s drink stand because she had not obtained a $60 license.

June 13, 2003 – Law enforcement officials in Naples, Florida, shut down stand selling lemonade and cookies without city license.

August 7, 2001 – County zoning officers in Rio Nido, California, demand closure of children’s snack stand.

Unknown date, 1993 - In 1993 police officers in Charleston, South Carolina, shut down a concession stand run by 12-year-old Sarah Knott and 13-year-old Margaret Johnson, stating that the girls needed to obtain a peddler’s license from the city.  Public opposition in the wake of the shut-down led the city to relent and offer an apology. h/t – Rob Lammie at Mental Floss.

July 23, 1990 – 13-year-old drink vendor shut down by city officials in Ojai, California, for lack of city permits. When he finally got all the necessary licenses, he was able to put what he learned into practice – by calling city officials to shut down other kids who were selling lemonade without a license.

Unknown date, 1988 – In 1988 the city of Watchung, New Jersey, threatened to fine nine-year-old Max Schilling $500 per day for operating a lemonade stand.  The family applied for a zoning variance, which the City ultimately approved with some conditions. h/t – Rob Lammie at Mental Floss.

Unknown date, 1983 - In 1983 an anonymous neighbor complained about six-year-old Ali Thorn’s lemonade stand and the city of Belleair, Florida, ordered her stand closed.  The city relented a week and a half later, having decided that its ordinances were not intended to prevent kid-run concession stands. h/t – Rob Lammie at Mental Floss.

HAS YOUR CITY TAKEN A POSITION ON KID-RUN CONCESSION STANDS? LET US KNOW AND WE’LL ADD IT TO THE MAP!

Comments

  1. Patricia Murphy says:

    Ah, so the word is out from on high for the police to close down those evil lemonade stands. Sure, I can understand that. Once it was prohibition…now it’s lemonade stands. I’m wondering…does this mean the cops don’t have enough to do that they have to zero in on kids? Or that real crime is too much for them so they’ve thrown in the towel and are, instead, taking down something they can handle….like little kids selling lemonade. How pathetic all this is. It’s almost an American right for a kid to be able to sell lemonade and if our government is meddling to the point where that’s no longer allowed…then we need to be taking down our government in favor of something more in line with what it should be.

  2. this is the stupidist thing the goverment can do right now while there low on money. instead of tracking down robberies and murders they spend all there money on stopping lemonade stands!!! this is a outrage!!
    we the tax payers need to stop this before every kid lemonade stand is shutdown. why dont they just ask them to pay a tax or somthing they could make hundreds a year. the lemonade stands are a good teaching tool for these kids it teaches them math so they dont go in debt and if the goverment added tax to running it it would be even better.

    • sounds to me like alot of these kids are setting up as renegade vendors outside of events .

      • John come on seriously! Most of these kids were selling in their OWN FRONT YARDS and a lot of them were selling to raise money for disaster funding. $60 for a 7 year old to have a permit? This is a JOKE, and I guess a way for cities to make money, just like red-light cameras. Police state..that is what we are.

        • This is an outrage, these kids should be spanked, sent to bed woithout supper and maybe even made to EAT VEGETABLES! I’m surprised the governmet hasn’t sent them to Guantanamo!

    • Alexei Volkoff says:

      This is what happens when corporations control america they kill off all the small buisnesses even little kids lemonade stand are at risk that is how we are become a police state because little kids are better at seller stuff and corperate america is jealous!!

  3. I really used to laugh at the crazies that would scream about “police state” and such. (The fact that they looked like they hadn’t bathed in a year didn’t help their cause much.) These days however it seems like we actually are living in one. I don’t want to live in an America where a police officer feels he can shout at some kids running a lemonade stand. Not only should that idiot and others like him be tossed out, it is quite clear freedom in America has been on a consistent decline and is presently under direct attack.

    It took me awhile to wake up to the realization. I wonder now if it’s too late to turn this around?

  4. This is absolutely out of control. Yes, having a lemonade stand teaches the children so many skills. Social and business wise. A great way for them to have fun, earn a couple of dollars and stay out of trouble. And forget having them pay taxes. Their only kids. They will be paying taxes out the whazoo by the time they grow up. The government already meddles in to many places they don’t belong and this is another one of them. The pursuit of happiness.
    Jean

  5. After I first read these stories, I instinctively pondered the reasons supporting the authorities. Then I pinched myself and concluded “what does reason have to do with kids selling lemonade in their front yard.”

  6. This must be the juvenile division of the food coop / raw milk police. All over the country they are harrassing farmers who sell raw milk, even if it is “shares” in a cow. It is happening here in Lancaster County to the Amish. In Ohio a SWAT team attacked Manna Storehouse, a natural food coop to which I and friends belong through a subgroup. They seized all the families private food as well as the coop stuff, and took the computer their child used for college courses online.
    Both cases were over licensing issues. The government is a never ending money pit, and they are going to squeeze everything they can. In NJ before we moved away, they wanted to license bicycles. If they can license it, they can control and seize it. Civil confiscation for the ‘war on drugs’ was the first step in taking away our property rights. What the founding fathers considered tyranny was peanuts to what we deal with today in the over-regulated environment.
    Consider they can track all your money through debit cars, track your car through EZ Pass and track you through you cellphone. People have been traced by their credit card charges, and the IRS looks at how much money flows through your accounts to decide of somebody is working off the books. Freedom has evaporated.

  7. Aren’t you glad that law enforcement is targeting these ‘sleeper cells’ disguised as children selling lemonade, brownies, Girl Scout cookies, chocolate bars and other low nutrition foods and sugary drinks. Don’t you see? Al-Qaeda is attacking us right now! They are trying to make us all fat and ruin our economy by getting us to spend all of our money on junk food!

    If we don’t shut down these stands run by children (terrorists), they will win! It will truly be “Death to America (by chocolate)”.

  8. Compare that map to this one:

    http://www.npr.org/news/specials/election2008/2008-election-map.html

    The results are illuminating.

    • 17 incidents in “blue” states & 7 in “red.” Doesn’t seem all that illuminating to me. IMO this is less a partisan issue than bureaucracy & licensing gone mad.

  9. The rogue lemonade stands are getting out of hand. Send in the swat team.

  10. Tatiana Covington says:

    It is not that you cannot operate these stands, it is that they will not let you.

    If you try, they will physically assault you and destroy your belongings.

    If you resist, they will hurt, maim, and even kill you.

    And this is all for lemonade.

    It’s their fault, not yours…

    And you are not obliged to these people one bit, regardless of all the silly rituals called legislation they might pull.

  11. Excellent map. I hope you are getting a lot of traffic. Since you invite folks to tell you about other incidents, here’s a link to our coverage of a lemonade stand closure in Minnesota a few years ago:

    http://www.conservativeblog.org/amyridenour/2011/8/6/the-government-war-on-lemonade-stands-mapped-plus-one.html

  12. Carl Serkland says:

    Once upon a time, the Alameda County (CA) Fair featured a 4-H booth selling home-made cakes by the slice, along with small cartons of milk (white and chocolate). Several years back, the nanny state decreed that only cakes prepared by commercial kitchens may be sold. The sad passing of a delicious tradition. Those home-made cakes had greater variety, and also had the commercially unavailable ingredient of love. The booth is still there, but it just is not the same.

    • So basically the time-honored tradition of bake sales by kids in an effort to raise money for field trips, dances/proms, etc are being kicked by the wayside in order to raise municipal funds via city permits, taxes, and fees paid to the BBB and Chamber of Commerce?

      Government officials scream about people on welfare, food stamps, and unemployment and yet when a child attempt to put into practice the “work for a living” concept, he gets slapped down. This is quite a mixed message, don’t you think?

      • You got it Nikki, They’d rather these kids forget all about working for a living so when they grow up they will just give up and collect welfare.

    • FeedYourself says:

      Our 4H led kids just participated in an Auction where 100% of the baked goods were made and donated by the Children. At the end the Auctioneer sold off the “extras” – Ha to the Permit Police!

  13. With all these cases of the authorities shutting down kids’ lemonade stands, I had to laugh when I saw this story at MLive.com: http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2011/08/young_entrepreneur_turns_lemon.html

  14. Just thought you’d appreciate a pic of my daughter celebrating Lemonade Freedom Day. She was so successful she went out again today. Yes, we were worried about being hauled away by the authorities. But last I checked, this is AMERICA, land of opportunity (regardless of age)!

  15. This is appaling! I have been reading about all of these poor children having to go through this, and at first I was shocked…now I am sick! This is a time honored American Tradition that is getting trampled over and made into a, dare I say, Communist style country? I was overjoyed to see Lemonade Freedom Day, also my birthday =^.^=

  16. I think both liberals and conservatives can agree that this is ridiculous. Even though, the police may technically be correct in some cases, they have much bigger fish to fry.

    • Bullies are never “technically” correct even if they are the vaunted police. Don’t they have any discretion? There isn’t one person in any of these police departments who will speak up? The sergeant on duty, the lieutenant, the captain? Not a one of them can stand up and say the police have bigger priorities. The police are no longer connected to the communities they supposedly serve. They are educated in the same hard Leftist institutions that educate the bureaucrats and lawmakers. That’s who the police serve in 21st Century USA.

  17. LemonadeRebel says:

    Nice map and service. I was just informed about the Massachusetts State Police lemonade squad, and while it doesn’t surprise me in Massachusetts, I have to say that there seems to be something more sinister lurking based on the spread of incidents across the country.

    Could it be that under the leadership of the Obama “food stamps” presidency, the thought of introducing children to capitalism using the tried and true lemonade stand is anathema to their dependency cause? How many very successful people started their careers with a lemonade stand, learning the rules of supply/demand, hiring (little brother/sister), payroll, product development, marketing (colorful signs), pricing, customer service and so much more? This is the American way!

    I swear – if anyone tries to tell my kids they can’t have a lemonade stand when they are ready, they will have a serious fight on their hands. The mindset and policies leading to this type of infringement on our liberty are unacceptable in a free society. I hereby declare the “Lemonade Rebellion of 2011″! Semper Fidelis

  18. Illinois Remembers says:

    We have to stop these thugs. This is probably how Al Capone got his start.

  19. What is this world coming to? If all we have are lemons, we should make lemonade. Why impose a tax on positive attitudes and resourcefulness?

  20. Sam Elliott says:

    It is working out, really. They think they are teaching our kids to be submissive. What they are really teaching them is that government is their enemy and the law is a tyrant. Can overthrow really be that far away?

  21. It’s really interesting. Ever see the Verizon commercial with “Suzie’s Lemonade”? Wouldn’t you like your kid to be just that smart in business? Isn’t it the American dream to take nothing, work at it and become someone and make something? It’s all about how she’s successful because of “the right technology”. Forget that… now she needs a permit.

    I think the real question is THIS. Exactly what good would a permit do to help ensure ANYONE’s safety??? I’ll just answer that now and say, “not a damn thing”. We have a lot bigger fish to fry in this country and we should be teaching our kids the value of understanding business, counting, customer service and how nothing comes free… or I guess we could really teach them a lesson about how intrusive government is and how regulated to death they and their kids will be now and in the future.

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