Where Does Your City Stand in the War on Lemonade Stands?

As part of the ongoing effort to crush the entrepreneurial spirit of children, several municipalities have targeted lemonade stands.  That’s right…how dare those children selling lemonade attempt to take your money for providing a potentially bacteria-laden , unhealthy, loaded-with-sugar beverage, that has been stirred and handled by the grimy hands of 10 year olds….on a sidewalk not designated for commercial use, no less!  Is your city spending the appropriate amount of time shutting down these potentially dangerous and corrupt sidewalk refreshment stands?  In order to see if you are protected from these greed-motivated, money-making ventures that could turn your city into a Detroit hot mess in no time, check out John Aziz’ article from The Week (“What’s the Point of Regulating Lemonade Stands?) and the map of such occurrences provided by the Freedom Center of Missouri.

Has the regulation of lemonade stands gone too far?

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  1. PJ says:

    It is ridiculous! Just like the little girl in Portland who wanted to sell mistletoe. The city told her she could BEG for money on the street, but she couldn’t actually work for money.

    It would almost be funny if it weren’t so ridiculous.

  2. MarfaLights says:

    What seedy tactics! This will sour the younger generation on the benefits of entrepreneurship. The whole thing leaves me embittered.

  3. Joe Barnett says:

    If you expand it a little beyond lemonade, to say street vendors and torilla carts, there are thousands of regulations and a lot of unnecessary enforcement action.

  4. Thomas says:

    Why wait until children are grown to expose them to the harsh realities of the government? They can’t let little Suzie to make any money on lemonade without giving them a piece of the action.

  5. Bill B. says:

    You would think this would be something that local governments would encourage. It provides beneficial experience for a young child to have ideas and put them into action. It also is good for the community and encourages that community as a smart, safe place to live.

    • Andre says:

      I would much rather live in a community that allows children to run a lemonade stand without harassment over a community that discourages hard working behavior in their youth.

  6. James M. says:

    The map of lemonade stand shutdowns is absurd, but it is nice to see there is only one instance of this in Texas. They will take any start up if it means more jobs.

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