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‘THE RULES ARE THE RULES’: Government shuts down 11-year-old’s cupcake business
The Daily Caller ^ | 1-30-2014 | Breanna Deutsch

Posted on 01/30/2014 8:19:19 AM PST by servo1969

The government has pulled the plug on an 11-year-old Illinois baker’s oven.

A day after a local newspaper ran a story about the young and ambitious Chloe Stirling, who operated a cupcake business out of her parents’ kitchen, the local health department came calling.

“They called and said they were shutting us down,” Heather Stirling, Chloe’s mother, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Officials told Stirling Chloe could continue selling cupcakes on the condition that the family “buy a bakery or build her a kitchen separate from the one we have.”

“Obviously, we can’t do that,” Heather Stirling told reporters. “We’ve already given her a little refrigerator to keep her things in, and her grandparents bought her a stand mixer.”

The elder Stirling said that she was willing to get her daughter any necessary licenses or permits to operate a business, but could not meet the health department’s other demands.

“But a separate kitchen? Who can do that?” asked an astonished Stirling.

When reporters approached Amy Yeager, a health department spokeswoman, about the county’s decision to shut down Chloe’s business, she said that she was doing it for the sake of the public.

“The rules are the rules. It’s for the protection of the public health,” Yeager said, according to the Post-Dispatch. “The guidelines apply to everyone.”

“People will react how they choose to react,” she added. “But it is our job.”

Chloe originally started selling the frosted cakes under the name “Hey, Cupcake” to save up for a car when she turns sixteen.

And before the government took her oven mitts, the sixth grader charged $10 for a dozen cupcakes and $2 for each specialty cupcake.

However, she was also known to donate her time and sprinkles to charity.

When a boy in her school was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, she donated cupcakes to helpraise money for his treatment. Adding a personal touch, she made them orange and blue because he “was a really big Cubs fan.”

Her largest order ever, amounting to 220 cupcakes, was also for a cancer fundraiser.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: chloestirling; closed; cupcake; illinois; shutdown
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Oh, come on, Amy. Don't be shy. Just come right out an say what you really mean: "That's the way it is and f- anyone who doesn't like it."
1 posted on 01/30/2014 8:19:19 AM PST by servo1969
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To: servo1969

I have a feeling Amy Yeager wasn’t picked first by any teams as a little girl.


2 posted on 01/30/2014 8:21:05 AM PST by servo1969
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To: servo1969

It just hasn't been the same for Amy since those days back at Buchenwald.

3 posted on 01/30/2014 8:22:40 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: servo1969
Why do parents put their kids in these positions, I'll never know.

Nevermind.....it means telling them...No honey, you can't do that.

4 posted on 01/30/2014 8:22:49 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: servo1969

At first, I thought they might have shut down the little girl’s business because she refused to bake a wedding cupcake for a gay couple.


5 posted on 01/30/2014 8:27:07 AM PST by madprof98
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To: servo1969

Apparently, unless the word “illegal” is involved. Those laws don’t count.


6 posted on 01/30/2014 8:27:17 AM PST by rod1 (CTLY)
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To: servo1969
This little girl will grow up to celebrate freedom rather than to celebrate road blocks in the path of others. The petty bureaucrat did something evil in a minor way, but God ofter draws good from evil.


7 posted on 01/30/2014 8:27:33 AM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Sacajaweau
Can I ask you a question?

The family eats three squares per day out of that kitchen. I would suspect there haven't been any E.R. trips in a decade.

Just how dangerous do you think products made in that kitchen are?

F this city parasite, that has the audacity to destroy the productivity of someone else, just so she can feel important.

8 posted on 01/30/2014 8:29:48 AM PST by DoughtyOne (AMNESTY is job none...)
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To: Pollster1

Sarah really needs to eat a buffalo burger with cheese


9 posted on 01/30/2014 8:30:17 AM PST by al baby (Hi MomÂ… I was refereeing to Obama)
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To: Pollster1

Todd is one lucky man.


10 posted on 01/30/2014 8:34:52 AM PST by V_TWIN
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To: DoughtyOne
It's not about being dangerous to the public. If the kid likes to bake....fine. She can bake to her hearts' content. She just can't sell it.

Saving up for a car when she's 16. Gimme a break.

11 posted on 01/30/2014 8:35:56 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: servo1969
I bet this is Amy's husband


12 posted on 01/30/2014 8:36:58 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

the last time the EPA was ever depicted poorly in a movie. Sigh.


13 posted on 01/30/2014 8:39:27 AM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Hegewisch Dupa

Did you see The Simpsons Movie?


14 posted on 01/30/2014 8:40:14 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Hegewisch Dupa

From “The Simpsons Movie”:

EPA Soldier: I’m afraid we lost them, sir.
Cargill: Damn it! Well, then you find ‘em, and you get ‘em back in the dome! And to make sure nobody else gets out, I want roving death squads around the perimeter 24-7! I want 10,000 tough guys, and I want 10,000 soft guys to make the tough guys look tougher! And here’s how I want them arranged: tough, soft, tough, tough, soft, tough, soft, soft, tough, tough, soft, soft, tough, soft, tough, soft!
[pause]
Soldier: Sir, I’m afraid you’ve gone mad with power.
Cargill: Of course I have. Have you ever tried going mad without power? It’s boring, no one listens to you.


15 posted on 01/30/2014 8:44:05 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: servo1969

Obviously, there’s NO crime left in the great state of Illinois... so the government has HAD TO start chasing little girls around about their charity cupcakes.

Gotta keep busy on those civil service jobs, otherwise the taxpayers might complain about how lazy govt workers are... (those cranky loudmouth taxpayers never realized how lucky they were when the govt workers were just sitting on their asses watching porno videos on the internet all day... the taxpayers complained and now they get THIS! Brutal oppression of little girls and their cupcakes. Serves the da*ned taxpayers right!!)
/s


16 posted on 01/30/2014 8:44:19 AM PST by faithhopecharity (C)
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To: dfwgator

Yes, it’s true, this man has no...


17 posted on 01/30/2014 8:45:59 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: servo1969
The city in which I live (Rio Rancho, NM) has the same rule. Separate kitchen for those types of businesses. However, any old taco truck can just park on the side of the road. Don't get me wrong, I've never been sickened by one of those trucks, and their tacos are far better tasting than any dreck from Taco Bell, Del-Taco, or any other fast food chain.

The real issue I have with the taco trucks is all the illegals they cater to (possibly even the caterer him/herself is also illegal).

19 posted on 01/30/2014 8:47:23 AM PST by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: DoughtyOne

“The family eats three squares per day out of that kitchen.”

Shhhh. Don’t let them know they are running potential restaurant or food service business out of the house.


20 posted on 01/30/2014 8:48:51 AM PST by staytrue
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To: staytrue

I’m surprised they allow us to have kitchens as dangerous as they are. It’s like a concealed gun in each home. Imagine, these people could have guests over and feed them without a city permit. Oh the humanities...


21 posted on 01/30/2014 8:51:20 AM PST by DoughtyOne (AMNESTY is job none...)
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To: servo1969

Does this mean Illinois doesn’t have a “Cottage Food Law”? like many other states, including my state of Texas has?


22 posted on 01/30/2014 8:58:10 AM PST by sockmonkey (Of Course I didn't read the article. After all, this is FreeRepublic..)
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To: DoughtyOne

Not a big deal. I know 100’s of people who have a second kitchen in their basement....Mostly Italians.


23 posted on 01/30/2014 8:59:44 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: faithhopecharity

If they’re for charity...you don’t sell them...Apparently she’s profiting off the charity.


24 posted on 01/30/2014 9:00:48 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: staytrue

Based on the SC’s ruling giving the federal government authority by the interstate commerce clause to go after someone who was growing pot for their own use in their own home, it’s only a matter of time.


25 posted on 01/30/2014 9:08:25 AM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: Sacajaweau

The kids is making cup-cakes. She’ll probably make a few thousand dollars out of it. To do so the resident city ass-hat demands her family spend upwards of $10 grand to make a second kitchen.

If this ass-hat is a registered Republican, she missed her calling.


26 posted on 01/30/2014 9:09:46 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Amnesty is job NONE! It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics.)
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To: servo1969

Follow the link in the article to the kid’s Facebook page..read her comments.

The kid is going to be a conservative holy terror when she’s a grown-up. One to watch, fer sure.


27 posted on 01/30/2014 9:10:42 AM PST by moovova
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To: Sacajaweau

When charities raffle off a car, it isn’t always a result of the charity being gifted with the car. In some instances the charity purchases the car and sells enough tickets to make a profit for the charity.

What’s wrong with that?

When charity golf tournaments give away cars for holes in one, they purchase insurance policies to cover the cost of the car if someone wins.

What’s wrong with the girl making something for her work, at least covering her expenses? She makes a small profit and the charity makes money on top of that.

Sounds an awful lot like capitalism at work to me.

Perhaps in this work environment, that’s what truly scares the hell out of this ass-hat government nimrod.


28 posted on 01/30/2014 9:14:41 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Amnesty is job NONE! It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics.)
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To: DoughtyOne; All

Rules like that are a form of “guild socialism” that keeps markets from being diluted by lower startup cost entrepeneurs.

People can bitch and whine about how it’s to “protect the public”, but the bottom line is that it prevents a market interaction between consenting people (though the child is just that, she is supervised by parents).

People who engage in small scale business should just shun publicity.


29 posted on 01/30/2014 9:16:44 AM PST by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: DoughtyOne

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2548744/Schoolgirls-cupcake-business-forced-close-health-officials-complained-11-year-old-didnt-cooking-permit.html


30 posted on 01/30/2014 9:18:26 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

Why are you putting yourself in the position of defending this twisted bureaucrat?


31 posted on 01/30/2014 9:20:27 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Amnesty is job NONE! It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics.)
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To: Axenolith

I agree with your comments.


32 posted on 01/30/2014 9:22:04 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Amnesty is job NONE! It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics.)
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To: Sacajaweau

however, i doubt the little girl is the very first person on Rock Three to ever profit from running a charity....?


33 posted on 01/30/2014 9:32:10 AM PST by faithhopecharity (C)
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To: servo1969

If I’m the parent, you’ll have to put me in jail. Touch my kid and you won’t be able to express your regrets verbally.

To fascists everywhere, regulate this! (FR poster makes rude gesture involving one hand and one finger.)


34 posted on 01/30/2014 9:32:33 AM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: Sacajaweau
It's not about being dangerous to the public. If the kid likes to bake....fine. She can bake to her hearts' content. She just can't sell it.

You truly have no understanding of the Liberty our Founders believed in.

The arrogance and condescension is your comments shows clearly that your first instincts are to side with the Power of the State.. Disgusting and quite pathetic.

35 posted on 01/30/2014 9:32:41 AM PST by sand88 (We can never legislate our way back to Liberty)
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To: servo1969

Rules are made to be broken.


36 posted on 01/30/2014 9:36:37 AM PST by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: dfwgator
ROFL.

"Well that's what I heard!"

37 posted on 01/30/2014 9:38:49 AM PST by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: servo1969
Yep...gotta teach 'em young that the government leviathan is not to be trifled with. "We are the Almighty Government, and you will do as we say! Resistance is futile!"

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

38 posted on 01/30/2014 10:40:00 AM PST by wku man (We are the 53%! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUXN0GDuLN4)
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To: servo1969
Thank God if you grew up in the America where, before the so-called "progressive" regressives took over, citizens considered that "home-made" goodies were preferred over "store-bought," and where officials saw such entrepreneurship among the young to be a positive for the community, the state, and nation.

Now, the regressive policies of elected officials more resemble those of Old World Europe described below than they do to the truly progressive American ideas of the 18th, 19th and early 20th Centuries.

See below:

Coercive regulation and "taking" power, when wielded against the citizenry by either the government alone (taxing), or in combination with another power (unions), is destructive of freedom and prosperity.

The following statement by Sir Winston Churchill, upon leaving office as Prime Minister in 1945, was prophetic for Great Britain, and as it turns out, the United States and the world:

"I do not believe in the power of the State to plan and enforce. No matter how numerous are the committees they set up or the ever-growing hordes of officials they employ or the severity of the punishments they inflict or threaten, they can't approach the high level of internal economic production achieved under free enterprise. Personal initiative, competitive selection, and profit motive corrected by failure and the infinite processes of good housekeeping and personal ingenuity, these constitute the life of a free society. It is this vital creative impulse that I deeply fear the doctrines and policies of the socialist government has destroyed. Nothing that they can plan and order and rush around enforcing will take its place. They have broken the main spring and until we get a new one, the watch wil not go. Set the people free. Get out of the way and let them make the best of themselves. I am sure that this policy of equalizing misery and organizing society--instead of allowing diligence, self-interest and ingenuity to produce abundance--has only to be prolonged to kill this British Island stone dead."

In the early days of America's experiment in liberty, its Founders warned of oppressive regulation and taxation by those elected to represent the people. Under their "People's" Constitution, the people were left free, and the government was limited.

While Europe struggled with oppressive government intervention, the genius Founders of America recognized enduring truths about human nature, the human tendency to abuse power, and the possibilities of liberty for individuals. Richard Frothingham's 1872 "History of the Rise of the Republic of the United States," Page 14, contained the following footnote item on the condition of citizens of France:

"Footnote 1. M. de Champagny (Dublin Review, April, 1868) says of France, 'We were and are unable to go from Paris to Neuilly; or dine more than twenty together; or have in our portmanteau three copies of the same tract; or lend a book to a friend: or put a patch of mortar on our own house, if it stands in the street; or kill a partridge; or plant a tree near the road-side; or take coal out of our own land: or teach three or four children to read, . .. without permission from the civil government.'"

Clearly the government of France at that 1868 date laid an oppressive regulatory and tax burden on citizens, robbing them of their Creator-endowed liberty and enjoyment thereof. Frothingham observed that such coercive power constituted "a noble form robbed of its lifegiving spirit."


39 posted on 01/30/2014 10:40:55 AM PST by loveliberty2
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To: Darren McCarty
"...made to be broken."

Great album by Soul Asylum, also.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

40 posted on 01/30/2014 10:42:42 AM PST by wku man (We are the 53%! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUXN0GDuLN4)
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To: sockmonkey

#22

If they ever did, I’m sure the board of ‘Cupcakes and Pastries Workers of America - Local 1’ took care of that.


41 posted on 01/30/2014 10:46:19 AM PST by servo1969
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To: servo1969

God, I want my country back!


42 posted on 01/30/2014 11:27:19 AM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: DoughtyOne
Why are you putting yourself in the position of defending this twisted bureaucrat?

There appears to be one on every thread.

43 posted on 01/30/2014 11:44:36 AM PST by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: zeugma

I guess...


44 posted on 01/30/2014 12:05:17 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Amnesty is job NONE! It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics.)
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To: servo1969

Amy Yeager needs a beat down.


45 posted on 01/30/2014 12:10:54 PM PST by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Sacajaweau
"Why do parents put their kids in these positions, I'll never know."

I guess for the same reason I let/encouraged my daughter to sell lemonade on the sidewalk - because I was a crappy parent. What? Do you need a f**king government titanian bubble around you so you'll feel safe and can sleep at night? Need your own food taster to make sure you're never poisoned? Sheesh, lighten up.

46 posted on 01/30/2014 1:28:01 PM PST by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever!)
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To: A Navy Vet
Look...the kid is averaging $80 a week...x 52...is $4 grand. Hardly the same as your very temporary lemonade stand.

Who's paying taxes on this income?? It cannot be construed as a hobby. She's been doing it for 2 years.

47 posted on 01/30/2014 1:34:24 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau
"Look...the kid is averaging $80 a week...x 52...is $4 grand. Hardly the same as your very temporary lemonade stand."

No matter if dimes or dollars, they're both a homemade product.

"Who's paying taxes on this income?? It cannot be construed as a hobby. She's been doing it for 2 years."

Are you sure you're on the correct forum? You want to tax a little girl because she sells cupcakes for a profit, while donating some to charities? BTW, you can always contact our so benevolent IRS to report her if you think she should be paying her "fair share".

Do you really not see how ridiculous you look? I'm done - rant on.

48 posted on 01/30/2014 1:54:19 PM PST by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever!)
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To: Sacajaweau
You're absolutely right! Who are these subjects to try and teach their daughter counterrevolutionary and bourgeois topics like charity, responsibility, money management, and entrepreneurship instead of how to harvest the milk and honey of social welfare?

We need to make sure the government can dictate every little aspect of our lives, and create the most business crippling regulations, such that an 11 year old can't even sell homemade cupcakes or run a lemonade stand.

But, you may ask, "Are we certain the government has our best interest in mind?"

Sure you can trust the government, just ask an Ind......er wait, what?

Oh, apparently according to Indians (or at least those with Indian FR names) you can trust the government to always look out for you, nanny you, and make decisions for you in your best interest, whether you want them to or not - tis all good.

49 posted on 01/30/2014 4:16:52 PM PST by Repeat Offender (Why are cops ROE more lenient against us, here in the US, than U.S. military's ROE's in a war zone?)
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To: servo1969

What a great kid.


50 posted on 01/30/2014 4:19:37 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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