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Illinois Health Officials Shut Down 11-Year-Old's Cupcake Business
UPI ^ | Jan. 29, 2014 | Evan Bleier

Posted on 01/29/2014 11:55:18 AM PST by nickcarraway

Sixth-grader Chloe Stirling learned a tough lesson about government regulation of small businesses, no matter how delicious they are.

The Belleville News-Democrat ran a story about an 11-year-old girl making about $200 a month selling cupcakes that apparently left a bad taste in the mouths of Illinois health officials.

Middle-schooler Chloe Stirling of Troy, Ill., quickly learned a tough lesson about government regulation on small businesses after the story ran on Sunday. Madison County Health Department officials informed her family that the pastry party was over on Monday.

“They called and said they were shutting us down,” said Chloe’s mother, Heather Stirling.

According to the Post-Dispatch, health officials informed the Stirlings that they would have to “buy a bakery or build her a kitchen separate from the one we have” for Chloe to continue selling cupcakes.

“Obviously, we can’t do that,” Heather said. “We’ve already given her a little refrigerator to keep her things in, and her grandparents bought her a stand mixer. But a separate kitchen? Who can do that?”

Chloe was charging $10 for a dozen cupcakes and $2 specialty cupcakes. "I'm saving for a bakery," Chloe said in the piece that got her into trouble.

“The rules are the rules. It’s for the protection of the public health,” said health department spokeswoman Amy Yeager. “The guidelines apply to everyone. People will react how they choose to react. But it is our job.”

Chloe’s mother indicated she would be willing to get the necessary licenses and permits for her middle-schooler to continue operating her small business -- after a tough lesson on government regulation.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Food; Local News
KEYWORDS: bureaucracy; business; cupcakes; foodpolice; foryourowngood; illinois; nannystate
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1 posted on 01/29/2014 11:55:18 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
"I'm saving for a bakery," Chloe said in the piece that got her into trouble.

Never call the police or the press.

2 posted on 01/29/2014 11:57:20 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (The only way women can "have it all" is if men aren't allowed to have anything.)
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To: nickcarraway

“The rules are the rules. It’s for the protection of the public health,” said health department spokeswoman Amy Yeager. “The guidelines apply to everyone. People will react how they choose to react. But it is our job.”

Yeah Amy, we need you to protect us because, as you said, it is your job.


3 posted on 01/29/2014 11:57:25 AM PST by lesko
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To: lesko

It should be okay as long as there was no pot in the brownies


4 posted on 01/29/2014 11:58:35 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: nickcarraway

Then land of opportunity is a thing of the past. Shattering dreams. That’s the governments specialty.


5 posted on 01/29/2014 11:58:37 AM PST by albie (ve`)
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To: nickcarraway

I wonder if the State wanted her to join a union too?


6 posted on 01/29/2014 11:59:23 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: nickcarraway
“The rules are the rules. It’s for the protection of the public health,”

No, Amy, it's not for protecting public health. It's for protecting government jobs and existing food establishments.

In military kitchens, health inspections are frequent and tough. In commercial kitchens, inspections are infrequent, and shoddy.

/johnny

7 posted on 01/29/2014 12:00:13 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: nickcarraway
If I buy a cupcake from an 11 year old I know what I'm getting and that I'm assuming some risk; I don't need Amy the government bureaucrat looking out for me.
8 posted on 01/29/2014 12:01:15 PM PST by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: nickcarraway

“The rules are the rules. It’s for the protection of the public health,”

Words repeated by tyrants for centuries.


9 posted on 01/29/2014 12:01:48 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: fungoking

It is scofflaws like you and little Miss Amy that the tyrannical bureaucrats must protect the rest of us from. /sarc


10 posted on 01/29/2014 12:04:25 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: nickcarraway
“The rules are the rules. It’s for the protection of the public health,” said health department spokeswoman Amy Yeager. “The guidelines apply to everyone. People will react how they choose to react. But it is our job.”

This is why government should be limited. Normal people can decide how big a soft drink they want without government help. Normal people can decide whether they want a cupcake on their own. We are adults, and we don't need a nanny making those decisions for us. I wish liberals would move to some pathetic but sheltered enclave where they can be babied and leave real Americans alone to face the menace of cupcakes on our own terms.

11 posted on 01/29/2014 12:04:41 PM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: nickcarraway

When I was 17 I worked as a summer busboy at a hotel. The full time employees were unionized, and a union fee was deducted from my base paycheck (the rest was tips). Out of curiousity, I asked about attending a meeting, since I was paying for it. I was told to buzz off. Check one big mark in a lifetime hatred of unions and liberals.

Moving on to this young lady, I suspect she will develop a very healthy disrespect for authority and regulation as a result of this experience, regardless of how Common Core tries to mold her. It’s a relatively painless and early reality mugging, which too many of our liberal friends never get.


12 posted on 01/29/2014 12:05:22 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Blood of Tyrants; GeronL; Revolting cat!

“It’s for the protection of the public health,”

Same reason given for taking away the right to private gun ownership.


13 posted on 01/29/2014 12:07:48 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: nickcarraway; All

This issue is an example of a state properly exercising 10th Amendment-protected intrastate commerce powers. If legal voters in this state do not like their state’s policy concerning this issue, but do not work with their local and state government representatives to make a friendlier policy, then voters have nothing to complain about but their own laziness.


14 posted on 01/29/2014 12:07:59 PM PST by Amendment10
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To: nickcarraway

Thou shalt not engage in an enterprise without the Regime’s permission in advance.


15 posted on 01/29/2014 12:08:14 PM PST by YHAOS
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To: nickcarraway

She should offer a public bath house for homos to have sex in by the hour.

Government sees no interest in regulating them or protecting public health.


16 posted on 01/29/2014 12:08:47 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: nickcarraway

It’s not about health concerns.. It’s about governments slice of the pie.


17 posted on 01/29/2014 12:10:12 PM PST by DivineMomentsOfTruth ("Give me Liberty or I'll stand up and get it for myself!")
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To: nickcarraway

18 posted on 01/29/2014 12:10:14 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Amendment10
True. In Texas, laws recently got changed so that small scale in-home bakeries and a few other types of food prep are now allowed without jumping through all the BS hoops.

/johnny

19 posted on 01/29/2014 12:10:14 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: nickcarraway

Who was her customer base? Her grandparenst, the neighbors or fellow students? Who turned her in? Once again, the msm has failed to include important facts.


20 posted on 01/29/2014 12:11:47 PM PST by bgill
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To: nickcarraway

” - - - an 11-year-old girl - - - “

Just because this young woman does not yet need Obamacare-approved female products, it is just awful that the Democrats continue their War on Women!

Just wait until Democrat Woman Mentor Sandra Fluk hears about this!

Gasp! What if Mrs. Bill Clinton read about it in the New York Times?!


21 posted on 01/29/2014 12:11:57 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: bgill

The newspaper article “turned her in.”


22 posted on 01/29/2014 12:15:15 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: grundle; USNBandit; RitaOK; All

A new Cup cake Rule:

RUN! Here come THE REGULATORS!


23 posted on 01/29/2014 12:16:42 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: nickcarraway

Here's Amy. I thought she'd be a friend of the cupcakes.

24 posted on 01/29/2014 12:17:26 PM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: All

The order was given by Michele (Ms Wookie) Obama....
The cupcakes were too good to be “healthy”....


25 posted on 01/29/2014 12:17:52 PM PST by JW1949
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Never call the police or the press.

Excellent advice.

Now isn't that praiseworthy encouragement for a young entrepreneur?

The more I read things like this, the more I realize that governments are out of control and that regulators and ordinary citizens have lost their minds.

26 posted on 01/29/2014 12:30:22 PM PST by elkfersupper
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To: elkfersupper
What I meant to say was never TALK to the police or the press, which would include not calling them.
27 posted on 01/29/2014 12:35:04 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (The only way women can "have it all" is if men aren't allowed to have anything.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I agree with you.


28 posted on 01/29/2014 12:41:08 PM PST by elkfersupper
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To: thefactor

GUILTY.

Probably had to shut the girl down just to keep herself from eating all of them.


29 posted on 01/29/2014 12:43:58 PM PST by To Hell With Poverty (Ephesians 6:12 becomes more real to me with each news cycle.)
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To: nickcarraway

I just turned 60. This story strikes at the heart of why I chose to never start my own “legitimate” business. I just don’t want the headaches.


30 posted on 01/29/2014 12:44:04 PM PST by cuban leaf
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Words repeated by tyrants for centuries.

Yup.

"Necessity was the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It was the argument of tyrants; it was the creed of slaves."

31 posted on 01/29/2014 12:53:14 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell)
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To: nickcarraway; Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Nanny State Ping!

I make and sell jellies, preserves and mustards and other than paying the fee for a table at the various farmers’ markets, street fairs, etc I’ve had no issues with any government regulators - even when I was selling them at a stand we erected on our road front in front of the house.

I have a friend in PA who is now doing something similar (without the road side stand) but had to go through all kinds of regulatory hoops just to sell them at the local farmers’ market. Each time she wants to add a new flavor mustard or jelly she has to get it approved AND the label approved.

She is one of my oldest and dearest friends, but we have total opposite attitudes about things like this. She is of the mind set of the official who claims this is for “public health,” while I am of the same opinion as have been expressed in this thread.


32 posted on 01/29/2014 1:05:36 PM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: nickcarraway

We had a rare bit of common sense here, last summer. The local park is near a gated community, and some kids had a koolaid stand, partially on the sidewalk, out front. One of the OC housewives took it upon herself to call the Sheriff’s Dept., due to the ‘obstruction’. I happened to be there, when the Deputy rolled up. He not only determined the stand was not a problem, he bought a cup of koolaid :)


33 posted on 01/29/2014 1:20:41 PM PST by jttpwalsh
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To: nickcarraway

This is the state of illinois. The proper way to handle this situation is to bake a dozen cupcakes for the state health officials...and dont forget to tape a 10 dollar bill to each cupcake.


34 posted on 01/29/2014 1:39:36 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: lesko

Seems to me there was a fictional book a while back wherein the people started to react to petty tyrants like this... individually, anonymously, and “finally”...

Henry Bowman, pick up the white phone, it’s Claire.


35 posted on 01/29/2014 1:41:27 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: YHAOS

Exactly.
If they let this 9 yr old save up money to buy a bakery,
that means that she’ll own her own business,

and won’t be working for a large company controlled by the government,
or directly on the dole.


36 posted on 01/29/2014 1:42:48 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: nickcarraway

37 posted on 01/29/2014 1:45:32 PM PST by kcvl
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To: nickcarraway

38 posted on 01/29/2014 1:46:34 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Cowboy Bob
"I wonder if the State wanted her to join a union too?"

The bottom line is somebody in the Chicago Machine didn't get their vig from the little girl so she was squashed...

Its the Chicago way...

39 posted on 01/29/2014 1:48:41 PM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Bureaucrats like this oaf who shut the budding entrepeneur down make me ill. The idiot government “worker” should be shunned in the community. What an unfeeling ghoul.


40 posted on 01/29/2014 2:56:11 PM PST by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: nickcarraway
And here in Anaheim,Ca, the illegals push their half a$$ed wooden carts and shopping carts filled with bags of ice to make snow cone and sell all sorts of crap and the city doesn't care,

I called to complain about the unsanitary, unlicensed carts and the person at the city blew me off saying that these people were just trying to make a honest living. I asked the person two things, first where did she live and she asked why , I told her so I could send the vendor to her neighborhood. Second I asked her her name and ID number, when she asked why I told her that I was going to cite her as authority for my wife not needing a business license and for my former employer to opt out of both business license and health permit. She hung up on me.

41 posted on 01/29/2014 3:14:53 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: ogen hal

I once knew a woman who was starting a business. She went to the city/county offices and paid the taxes required to get the government’s permission to function...I mean..licenses. She paid it all outright. She was assured that she had paid everything she needed to pay and they failed to inform her that she also needed a food license to put ice in the drinks. So, she opens up and in comes the health inspector to inform her that she can’t sell prepackaged food without a license (like lays potato chips, or doritos, or whatever). And, she can’t use her ice machine, nor can she purchase Ice from a licensed dealer. In fact, she couldn’t even stay open unless she hired someone with a portable foodwagon to sit in her driveway to sell food. And, she still couldn’t put ice in the drinks. It killed her business.

It was crazy.

She did get the food license, but by then word got out and destroyed her customer base.


42 posted on 01/29/2014 3:15:07 PM PST by PrairieLady2
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To: thefactor

Yep. Two-bit tyrants on the public teat do have a look about them, don’t they?


43 posted on 01/29/2014 3:20:54 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: nickcarraway
“The rules are the rules. It’s for the protection of the public health,” said health department spokeswoman Amy Yeager. “The guidelines apply to everyone. People will react how they choose to react. But it is our job.”

"The rules are the rules... But it is our job."

Sorry, I was just following orders. It's a common refrain.

 

44 posted on 01/29/2014 4:59:39 PM PST by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: Amendment10
"The rules are the rules."

I knew I'd find at least one supporter if I scrolled down far enough.

45 posted on 01/29/2014 5:02:28 PM PST by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: nickcarraway

YOU DIDN’T BAKE THAT! /state of il


46 posted on 01/29/2014 7:35:22 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: nickcarraway; KC_Lion

This is not going to end well for whoever is responsible.

47 posted on 01/29/2014 7:48:17 PM PST by Zionist Conspirator (The Left: speaking power to truth since Shevirat HaKelim.)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

48 posted on 01/29/2014 8:00:24 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: nickcarraway

Yet the illegal Mexicans can sell their homemade tamales in the WalMart parking lot and never get hassled.


49 posted on 01/29/2014 10:08:55 PM PST by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: IncPen

I heard this story on radio, last night.
From what I heard this young lady is being shutdown because she does not have required permits.

My questions, why do citizens need permission from govt to fill a need.

These a-holes have forgotten, or need to be reminded of who is paying their salary.

I would include a sarcasm tag except that that would imply that I thought my post was sarcasm.

To anyone reading this post - I am not being sarcastic- govt telling an 11 what she can or cannot sell is abhorrent.

I would urge anyone reading this post to contact the health department,regulating department to back off.


50 posted on 01/29/2014 10:21:53 PM PST by Nailbiter
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