A man threatened to call the police on a little girl at her lemonade stand for lack of a business license but the outcome made him look the fool!
Her father was not the happiest, to say the least.
“Whoever the man is who threatened to call the police on my daughter for her lemonade stand, you are seriously pathetic. There is a right way to do things and a wrong way to do things,” said the girl’s father.
“I understand that you were upholding the ‘law’ but really dude?”
She just wanted to sell some lemonade and cookies. Her parents told her she could be there for one hour.
But as she was setting up she was approached by a man who was all bent out of shape by what she was doing.
Richard LaRouche, who is the girl’s father, said “The man just pulled up next to her and asked for her business license and then told her ‘I’m calling the police’ and then got on the phone and began speaking as if he was talking to police.”
“She was so scared that she came home crying and sobbing and said she didn’t want to go to jail,” LaRouche continued. “When she came home crying I told her that some people are just negative and are looking to bring others down.”
LaRouche then told the story on social media and things went wild.
“We set up a second lemonade stand on our property (on Friday) and she was busy the whole three hours.”
“Ran out of cookies and had just enough lemonade for the last two police officers.”
“She was so surprised and encouraged,” he told SF Gate.”We set up a second lemonade stand on our property (on Friday) and she was busy the whole three hours.”
SF Gate reports that, so far, the man has not approached the stand since the first incident.
I’d love to hear from the person who threatened to call the police. Why he would do that. Why it was so important to him. I bet he regrets doing it now.
Regardless I’m glad that Richard’s daughter got to see how the community came together and rallied around her.
I hope she learned that people care.
This has been an issue for a while now, but some states have been stepping up to the plate.
Kids in Utah will no longer have to worry about the police shutting down their lemonade stands. Under a new state law that passed with overwhelming, bipartisan support, cities and counties cannot require a license or permit for any occasional business operated by a minor.
Lawmakers shouldn’t even have to enact this type of common sense, and yet licensing laws have stymied kid entrepreneurs all across the country. Police in Overton, Texas once stopped Zoey and Andria Green (aged seven and eight) from selling lemonade, because the two girls didn’t have the proper permits. Eleven-year-old Madison Root couldn’t sell mistletoe at a holiday market in Portland, Oregon without a permit, though begging for money would have been allowed.
In New Jersey, Matt Molinari and Eric Schnepf went door to door, offering to shovel snow ahead of an incoming snowstorm. But police soon barred the two teens because they lacked a solicitation permit, which can cost $450 in some boroughs. Their story later inspired lawmakers to scrap the ban.
But in Utah, the ban on local licenses will shield young entrepreneurs from government crackdowns. SB 81 follows an earlier measure passed in Salt Lake County, the state’s most populous county. Four years prior, the county council approved a business ordinance that specifically singled out “lemonade stands and similar operations run by children” from needing a government permission slip. Thanks to SB 81, that type of exemption now applies throughout the entire state.
Insanity. Hey…. leave those kids alone!
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