Gov't Workers Shut Down 7-Year-Old's Lemonade Stand

by - August 06, 2010

There's nothing better on a hot summer day than a cold glass of lemonade.

As a kid, my brothers and I never had the notion of setting up a lemonade stand, but it's still a pretty popular past-time for kids across the nation. Granted, they don't charge 10-cents a cup anymore...

Government officials at any level - county, state, federal - wouldn't concern themselves with the legality of a lemonade stand, would they? I mean, I guess technically any kid who sells lemonade on the corner is cheating the government out of a few dollars worth of taxes.

But they're kids!

In Portland, Oregon, a 7-year-old girl named Julie set up a lemonade stand at an art fair. Her mom helped her get everything set up and make the lemonade.

I can imagine this little girl was super excited to be selling her lemonade at a festival!

But some government inspectors shut her down because she didn't have a license to sell her lemonade.

Since when does a 7-year-old have to have a business license to sell lemonade?!

Needless to say, the following day the county chairman called Julie and her mom to personally apologize.

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  1. You have got to be kidding me? Now the man is even bringing down KIDS?

    I'm so embarrased to be American.

  2. Julie should hate that county chairman forever. Like FOREVER!

  3. When I saw this story on the wire I had to read it twice. Seriously, who shuts down a 7-year-old's lemonade stand?! Crazy.