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Portland shuts down lemonade stand due to no permit. Next up: Boy’s not allowed to discriminate against girls with cooties.

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Sigh.  Portland is quickly becoming my most hated city.  What now, you ask?  The city health inspector shut down a seven-year-old’s lemonade stand because she didn’t have a permit.

‘I understand the reason behind what they’re doing and it’s a neighborhood event, and they’re trying to generate revenue,’ said Jon Kawaguchi, environmental health supervisor for the Multnomah County Health Department. ‘But we still need to put the public’s health first.’

Are you serious?  It’s lemonade.  It’s even made on site…the girl had all the ingredients right there for everyone to see: bottled water and Kool-Aid.  She even used hand sanitizer!  Jeez, when my kids make lemonade, they use the lemonade as hand sanitizer.  Maybe the little girl should have had a fifth next to her to hit the inspector  over the head.  Disclaimer: This blog does not stand for violence against government employees with too much time on their hands.  At least not with a fifth…that would be alcohol abuse.

I especially enjoyed the “I understand they’re just trying generate revenue but…” statement.  How ’bout a little pot, meet kettle.  Cost of a proper lemonade stand permit: $120.00.  If little girl hadn’t folded up her dirty little enterprise: $500.00 fine.  I’m confused: Who’s “simply trying to create revenue” again?

I’ll say it again: it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to run the government; just a little bit of common sense.  It’s a lemonade stand, not an oyster bar.  And it’s Kool-Aid…you know the shelf-life on that stuff?  If the health inspectors of Portland have so little to do that they’re going to force a seven-year-old girl to close up her lemonade stand, then Portland should seriously think about shedding some payroll.

UPDATE: Realizing that angry people don’t like to re-elect you, the top elected official in the county advised his health inspectors to use their “professional discretion” in doing their jobs.

‘A lemonade stand is a classic, iconic American kid thing to do,’ [Chairman Jeff Cogan] said. ‘I don’t want to be in the business of shutting that down.’

See, he loves his job America.  I’m sure the “lemonade revolt” being planned by a local anarchist had nothing to do with it.

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  1. August 6, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    That is an absolute joke!! Sadly, stories like this seem to be becoming more frequent as the days go by.

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  2. Kindra Pring
    August 6, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    I think it’s very rude and hypocritical of you to criticize these people for what they did (a fine this to criticize for though the motivation was at least understandable in my opinion) and then turn around and criticize them for realizing their mistake. Does nothing please you? Being upset about the stand being shut down I can understand, even though you don’t seem to take any chances of trying to understand their side of the story and rather just look at the headline. But even once the head of the department apologizes and informs his workers not to do it again, you still can only criticize.

    You know even when I am upset with something a conservative does, if they correct it to the best of their ability, I’ll at the very least drop the subject but I certainly won’t say “Oh they just want to keep their JOBS!” It’s very obvious when someone does something for their job and when they do something because it’s common sense. This wasn’t about job preservation, because in the end about 12 people will remember it on voting day.

  3. August 6, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    It’s the pot calling the kettle black because the ‘right hand’ doesn’t know what the ‘left hand’ is doing. That is to say, the rest of the government is in cahoots with big business and writes laws that allow them to siphon off alllllllllllll kinds of money from different places. This poor girl wouldn’t even be able to make in one day what one of those big businesses makes in one SECOND. Do we consider how ‘bad for the environment’ these big businesses are? No. It seems to me that priorities are a little out of whack.

    With Love and Gratitude,

    The Intentional Sage

  4. August 6, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    I understand their point of view, and I’ll even agree they’re just doing their job. But their job has become to use taxpayer money to be everyone’s nanny and it’s tiresome. And I was just poking a little bit of fun the Chairman. I applaud him for admitting a mistake was made. It was just a little ridiculous that it happened in the first place.

    you’re right and wrong about the voters. those that vote will remember, but only twelve people will likely vote.

  5. August 6, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    FINALLY- I am so sick of getting mistreated cuz of my cooties!

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