It must have been a slow day for police in Midway, Georgia. Officers shut down a lemonade stand in the small Georgia town, saying that the kids running it needed a business license and permits – totaling $50 per day or $180 per year – to run their operation. The girls running the stand were saving up money so that they could go to a local water park.
Apparently, shutting down kids’ lemonade stands is becoming a police trend, and people have had enough. With crime rates in many cities on the rise thanks to our poor economy, hassling kids for selling lemonade seems like a waste of police resources., and Midway, Georgia isn’t the only town where this is happening. In Montgomery County, Maryland, kids got slapped with a $500 fine for operating a lemonade stand without a permit earlier this summer. No, really. Check out the report above from Reason TV.
Sure, lemonade is basically a liquid sugar bomb, but running a lemonade stand is such a great way to let kids stretch their entrepreneurial wings and learn about managing money. Authorities cite food safety concerns as the reason for the crackdown. In the Georgia case, for example, police said they didn’t know who made the lemonade or where it was made.
Lemonade Freedom Day
Parents and kids are tired of this crazy crackdown on lemonade stands, and a group launched the Lemonade Freedom campaign which held its Lemonade Freedom Day rally this past Friday in cities across the country.
The main event on Friday – held in Washington D.C. – was a peaceful picnic near the Capitol Reflecting Pool. Lemonade Freedom activists teamed up with raw milk activists for the rally, protesting not just the lemonade stand closures but the recent government crackdowns on raw milk sales in states throughout the U.S. If you want to stay up on Lemonade Freedom activities in your area, check out the Lemonade Freedom blog. Getting involved is as easy as opening up a lemonade stand with your kids.
Did you have a lemonade stand as a kid? What do you think about these crackdowns?