Sometimes the absolute absurdness of how far the PTB are willing to go just to feel powerful shows up clearly in their actions!
I guess that dealing with and trying to push around the grown-ups was a bit too scary, so the next step was to go after the children! Of course! What else can you expect from the jerks who make a career out of harassing innocent people just trying to make a little pocket change?
When the agents and inspectors and high stepping "Defenders of the Rules" start taking on the children...I think it's time for us to help them make an attitude adjustment!
Ya know, it's bad enough for those of us that are older to be continually robbed and shoved and prodded and hassled, but when you start trying to do that to our children and grand children...you best be ready for a fight! That's what one of the bosses realized what was ahead!
Oregon girl not bitter after lemonade stir
Shut down by county officials, she's back in businessASSOCIATED PRESS
Aug. 6, 2010, 4:26PM
Julie Murphy, 7, shown at her lemonade stand in Portland, had to pack it up at an arts fair when a county inspector found she and her mother didn't have a restaurant license.
PORTLAND, Ore. — After a county inspector squeezed out a kid's lemonade business, so many Oregonians puckered up in disgust that the county chairman had to pour on a little sugar.
The apology sweetened up some sour feelings and made Julie Murphy, 7, eligible to resume selling her Kool-Aid-and-water concoction for 50 cents a cup.
Last week at a local arts fair, Julie and her mother were surprised when a county inspector asked to see their restaurant license.
They didn't have one. The inspector told them they would face a fine of up to $500 if they didn't stop selling lemonade.
Other vendors urged Julie and her mother not to leave. A second inspector arrived and the two inspectors were surrounded by a crowd of vendors supporting Julie and her mother.
Ultimately, Julie and her mother packed up the stand, and Julie left the fair crying.
But Julie has prevailed.
Jeff Cogen, chairman of Multnomah County, says the health inspectors were "just following the rule book," but they should have given the girl and her mom a break. On Thursday, he talked with Julie's mom to apologize.
"A lemonade stand is a classic, iconic American kid thing to do," Cogen told The Oregonian. "I don't want to be in the business of shutting that down."
And how does Julie feel about this?
Her mother, Maria Fife, said she and her daughter appreciates the apology.
But the sweet and sour tale of lemonade stands at the Portland art fair might not yet be over.
According to the Oregonian, one vendor at the local arts fair is planning a "lemonade revolt" the next time the fair is held — later this month.
Cogen says he doesn't know what he'll do if a bunch of fair vendors try selling lemonade without a license.
As it turns out, lemons may present county officials with something of a pickle.
Maybe the "permit police person" was just trying to audition for a job with the fedgov, ya think? Lord knows, with an attitude like his, he should fit right in with the others of his kind!
Now, let's get some coffee and sit outside for a bit! I need something to get this bad taste out of my mouth!