Another lemonade stand shutdown by police

Another little girl’s lemonade stand was shut down by police, this time in Iowa, because she didn’t follow the local regulations

Police closed down a lemonade stand in Coralville, telling its 4-year-old operator and her dad that she didn’t have a permit.

Cedar Rapids television station KGAN reports that an officer told Abigail Krutsinger’s dad on Friday that she couldn’t run the stand as RAGBRAI bicyclers poured into Coralville. RAGBRAI is The Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, which ended Saturday.

The city ordinance says food vendors have to apply for a permit and get a health inspection.

Abigail’s dad, Dustin Krutsinger, says the ordinance and its enforcers are going too far if they force a 4-year-old to abandon her lemonade stand.

We’ve documented other instances of this happening before (you can see a detailed map here), including a smiliar situation that took place recently here in Georgia. Three girls looking to earn money for a trip to the water park were shut down by cops for largely the same reasons, including health concerns and the lack of a government-issued permit.

Sadly, these kids are getting a dose of the absurity of government regulations that stifle business and the nanny state at an early age, but it looks like someone is fighting back. Robert Fernandes, a concerned father, is encouraging parents and kids to protest nanny statists on Saturday, August 20th, which he has dubbed Lemonade Freedom Day.

The Facebook page for the event is still getting attention, but it needs to be promoted. If you have a child and want to celebrate basic economic rights, please participate.


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