Montgomery County shuts kids' lemonade stand
The licensing officers in Montgomery County, now famous thanks to 9 News Now's report yesterday and links from Drudge, are basically in the same position as Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot with regard to Internet cigar sales. They are required to enforce a law they probably don't really want to enforce.
Thanks to U.S. Open golf crowds, the streets near Congressional are packed and entrepreneurs are trying to make a buck. A couple families with adorable, made-for-TV, towheaded kids set up a drinks stand and put up a sign saying half the proceeds would go to charity. On cue, the heavy from the county showed up just as the TV cameras were there.
"Kids selling lemonade and making $5, $10 is a little bit different than making hundreds," the inspector told the mom on camera. "You've got coolers and coolers full of drinks here."
It looks like a larger-than-average kids' drinks operation. Like everything else involved with the pro golf tour, lemonade stands are big business. The county and its inspectors busting the place are in a no-win situation. They're getting tons of terrible publicity, but if the guy gives the kids a pass and his supervisors find out, he'll get in trouble. I can't find any accounts of outraged politicians getting involved yet, but that's the next step. Of course the incident has prompted tons of Twitter comments about nanny state etc. At least they could have waived the $500 fine!
HT Jim Pettit