I run across at least one of these once every summer…
Police in Georgia have shut down a lemonade stand run by three girls trying to save up for a trip to a water park, saying they didn’t have a business license or the required permits.
This is not an isolated incident. The Freedom Center of Missouri has a partial list of local official enforcement taken against child-run businesses.
What are we seeing here? Are the police enforcing the law evenly? Simply some unintended consequences of various laws passed designed to protect the public? After all, we have no idea how that lemonade was made, or with what.
What of the kids who was trying to earn enough money to go to a water park? What are we teaching them; Not to get into business because you will be taxed out of business? Go get a real job, doing yard work?
I surely hope the reasons behind obtaining the various permits were explained to these young entrepreneurs. I hope they try again, legally, if for no other reason, hot days are coming to Georgia and a trip to the a water park would defiantly be worth all the hassle they have to go through.
Just don’t let it get out of control.