Saturday, August 7, 2010

"Permit Police" Go After The Children...!

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 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 business

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!


The cottage by the Cranelake said...

That was just a stupid thing to do! Even for me the lemonade stand is an american iconic thing and to demand a restaurant license for selling lemonade is just plain stupid!
Can we hope for a lemonade revolution now :-)
Have a great day now!

Ben in Texas said...

Ridiculous,, Just some minimum wage city employee with a Napoleonic complex.

Sissy said...

This takes the Thop Phrize for Thupidity; excuth me vile Ith get this lemon seed from my teeth.

Oh, that little sheeple of an inspector! Ya think his face is burning yet?

Mechanic in Illinois said...

Sorry I missed yesterday,I'm helping instruct 80 kids aged 10 to 16 at a NRA Youth Camp. We did shotgun yesterday,22 rifle today, and air gun tomorrow. Kids also do archery,cowboy shooting,and 22 pistol. The kids camp out with all meals supplied and there's an award ceremony sunday with trophies by age groups and 10 guns given away. Anyway those PTB can go suck lemons as far as I'm concerned. Thanks for the great information.

JoJo said...

Good Morning My Special One
I bet if they do a background check on this jerk they will find out he has been a bully all his stinkin life. Of course if he had to come up against a grown man he would turn pink and run.
Yes we need something sweet to go with the coffee this morning to get this bitterness out of our mouths.

HermitJim said...

Hey Christer...
I can imagine that the inspectors haven't heard the last of this yet!

Looks like a small revolt is taking place...or will!

Hey, thanks for coming by today!

Hey Ben...
I think that about sums it up, buddy! It's a shame that some folks have to be such jerks!

Hope the kid makes a lot of money with her little stand!

Thanks for coming by today, buddy!

Hey Sissy...
I can imagine how embarrassing this must have been for the guy! Wonder if he wet his pants when the vendors surrounded him and his cohort?

Hey, thanks for coming by today!

Hey Mechanic...
That's a pretty cool way to spend the weekend! Better for them to learn the proper way with fire arms, than to be messing with them with no training!

I'll bet the kids are having a lot of fun as well!

What you are doing is much more important than coming here, buddy, and I thank you for taking the time to help with training them!

Of course, I also thank you for coming by today!

Hey JoJo...
Probably just his style, picking on kids! Like you said, facing a grown-up would be too much stress for him!

Thanks, sweetie, for coming by today!

Mo said...

The sad part is this public employee is making over twice what he would in the private sector plus he gets health care, paid vacations, retirement and sick leave... ALL on OUR dime!

Seems to me the elected elite could all learn something about REAL LIFE by running a lemonade stand.

HermitJim said...

Hey Mo...
I think that running a lemonade stand would be too much like work for him!

It's always a shame that power junkies like this fool have to go after the kids, but it may have taught her just how the government works! A real life lesson that you can be sure will not soon be forgotten as she grows up!

Sad...really sad! Hey, thanks for coming by today, Mo!

Kathie said...

It made ms sad for this little girl when this happened and when I read that they had decided she could have her lemonade stand back, I jumped for joy! Some of the people who are in charge ( of anything ) are the lowest on the humanity rung. I hope he felt badly about what he did, at the very least. You Go, Julie!!!

HermitJim said...

Hey Kathie...
I don't think people like this have any feelings! As far as he is concerned, he didn't do anything wrong!

Sad experience for this little girl, isn't it?

Hey, thanks for coming by today!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Morning HJ, better than coffee today, we whould invite Julie to serve lemonade on the patio.

HermitJim said...

Hey Beatrice...
I hadn't thought of that, but it's not a bad idea!

Not sure it would ever replace my coffee, but it might be good for a change!

I appreciate the visit today!