Skip to comments.Portland lemonade stand runs into health inspectors, needs $120 license to operate
Posted on 08/05/2010 6:56:11 PM PDT by Bigtigermike
It's hardly unusual to hear small-business owners gripe about licensing requirements or complain that heavy-handed regulations are driving them into the red.
So when Multnomah County shut down an enterprise last week for operating without a license, you might just sigh and say, there they go again.
Except this entrepreneur was a 7-year-old named Julie Murphy. Her business was a lemonade stand at the Last Thursday monthly art fair in Northeast Portland. The government regulation she violated? Failing to get a $120 temporary restaurant license.
Turns out that kids' lemonade stands -- those constants of summertime -- are supposed to get a permit in Oregon, particularly at big events that happen to be patrolled regularly by county health inspectors.
"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."
Julie had become enamored of the idea of having a stand after watching an episode of cartoon pig Olivia running one, said her mother, Maria Fife. The two live in Oregon City, but Fife knew her daughter would get few customers if she set up her stand at home.
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ya thats portland
I don’t believe I’ve ever heard of any major health concerns stemming from a kid with a lemonade stand.
Idiot(money hungry), bureaucrats....
I beat you to it:
Maybe they are afraid she will use ditch or river water. ;-)
As a child, I had numerous coke and lemonade stands
with no problems, but that was in the early 50s, when America was the USA, not the new USSA.
Has ANYONE in the USA EVER been made sick by bad lemonade??? Maybe you’d get sick in Bangladesh, Uzbekistan or Mexico, but HERE??? Stop the “Health Nazis”!
It’s the same mentality that thinks it’s okay for the Coast Guard to hold up for days people on the way to clean up an oil spill.
And paying the gov't for a permit magically makes everything clean and healthy.
Too many losers drawing government paychecks.
Waddaya'mean WE, white man?
Here's a hint ... No you don't.
Government bureaucrats are constantly looking for new lows to sink to. It’s a competitive business.
“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.”
This idiot needs to be shot. He is wasting our oxygen.
The little girl was probably passing coodies, due to lack of government control....
She had no license....Clearly, she's no better than an illegal aliens that use the can without washing their hands.
Clearly, the suspect is capable of most anything, and her folks should at least be taken away and questioned about this very serious incident.
“Maybe they are afraid she will use ditch or river water.”
Actually there are a lot of households that use filtered ditchwater. Maybe the blame lies with the trial lawyers of this country and not the health dept.
They could go the government route, get the health inspector license at $120 bucks, set up a business license, charging the business and mandate healthcare coverage for the illegals harvesting and supplying the leomons for the lemonade, setup housing for them, institute a union with endless benefits that bankrupts the community, provide a taxpayer bail out when the company fails, take over the company and then give a $3000 rebate to each union member that buys a Chevy Volt that delivers lemonade for the girl 41 miles from the lemonade stand which exceeds the Volts range and then charge $4.00 a mile for gas useage tax to recoup the $3000 rebate and fine the lemonade stand an overage on the individually allowed government carbon footprint which in turn causes folks to stop driving which kills the car company that delivers the lemonade that helps pay for the union fees and mandated healthcare which is no longer affordable and the business goes belly up adding to the unemployment problem.
Or.. This is where the parents take charge and tells health inspectors to go “F” themselves along with any other government entity and lets their daughter sell lemonade.
Live in Oregon. Listened to the local talk radio show today and there was a guy that called in that also lives in OR and said this same thing happened to his kid last summer. The father told the gubmint worker to pound sand and to go ahead and fine him, but that his kid was not shutting down his stand. The weenie gubmint guy folded like a cheap tent and said, well, just don’t do it again... I say, “WAY TO GO DAD!!!”. We need more people to stand up to these morons!
Code for: we need to get our cut to pay our salary
As a kid in the 50s, we also had our own carnivals for muscular distrophy. I remember sending in our take to the TV station to add to their fund.
lol....That might cover her government fees, permits and licenses...
Well, since we're bragging, I beat you to it:
...and maybe her mandatory healthcare... and paying down some of the interest on this administration's spending debt.