Police Shut Down Another Rogue Lemonade Stand

by Ryan Young on August 3, 2011 · 4 comments

in Deregulate to Stimulate, Economy, Nanny State, Personal Liberty, Regulation

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Abigail Krutsinger is 4 years old. She lives in Coralville, Iowa. A local tradition there is the RAGBRAI bike ride, where cyclists ride across Iowa from the western border to the eastern border. Abigail, seeing how exhausted the cyclists were when they reached Coralville, opened up a lemonade stand. It was a way to help out thirsty bikers, make a little bit of money, and learn a little something about running a business. Classic Americana.

In another display of classic Americana, police quickly shut her down. Abigail never applied for a permit and a health inspection.

This is not an isolated incident. Similar crackdowns have happened in Wisconsin, Georgia, Oregon, and Maryland, and New York. Will there be more?

Keir August 3, 2011 at 11:48 am

Thank God I live in Germany, a country that knows all too well the dangers inherit in a state where the police overstep their mandate to trample on the happiness, well-being and livelihood of the common man. The state looks after its people whilst allowing them to live as they see fit without undue interference. The US however seems more and more to be following a fascist route; as its influence diminishes around the world, it seeks to enforce its dominance upon its own people. There doesn’t appear to be any hope given the general decline in its education system and completely ignorant, unqualified people who run for office and are given headlines due to notoriety rather than experience and ability. What a dystopia the US has become, and we in Europe, grateful for the US of three generations ago, can only shake our heads and bemoan the loss of a former model and friend.

Dave Roland August 3, 2011 at 2:53 pm

The Freedom Center of Missouri, which has filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of these lemonade stand shutdowns, has also compiled an interactive map showing the location of these shutdowns and highlighting cities that have taken a stand on the legality of lemonade stands: http://www.mofreedom.org/2011/07/the-government-war-on-kid-run-concession-stands/

joe August 3, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Thank god they caught her before she poisoned someone.

Rudy August 4, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Learning a little something about running a business means learning how it is necessary to bribe the cops.

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