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Portland Health Inspector Shuts Down Lemonade Stand

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the that's-some-fine-inspector-work-there-lou dept.

Crime 8

In a one-man crusade against the scourge of unlicensed lemonade stands in Portland, a Multnomah County health inspector shut down a 7-year-old's drink operation by threatening to fine her $500 if she didn't close shop. With a shocking disregard for the law, 7-year-old Julie Murphy tried to sell her illicit beverage without first obtaining a $120 temporary restaurant license. "I understand the reason behind what they're doing and it's a neighborhood event, and they're trying to generate revenue," said Jon Kawaguchi, environmental health supervisor for the Multnomah County Health Department. "But we still need to put the public's health first."

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Radical Oregon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33166018)

Whether its known for being full of Hippies or apparent Lemonade Stand Nazi's (aka puppy/children haters) the state is known by others as very liberal. I thought there were protected jobs that minors could do freely, mow lawns, newspaper routes, and lemonade stands. Lemonade stands are practically an iconic image of American children living the American dream. Now some communists want to "put the public's health first." I'd like to know how much a 7 year old can screw up with a can of lemonade concentrate diluted with 3 parts water, chilled with ice cubes.

Re:Radical Oregon (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 4 years ago | (#33167600)

It's not about lemonade, it's about power and authority.

Re:Radical Oregon (1)

frosty_tsm (933163) | more than 4 years ago | (#33168264)

Whether its known for being full of Hippies or apparent Lemonade Stand Nazi's (aka puppy/children haters) the state is known by others as very liberal. I thought there were protected jobs that minors could do freely, mow lawns, newspaper routes, and lemonade stands. Lemonade stands are practically an iconic image of American children living the American dream. Now some communists want to "put the public's health first." I'd like to know how much a 7 year old can screw up with a can of lemonade concentrate diluted with 3 parts water, chilled with ice cubes.

They can sneeze on their hands or be picking their noes while preping it.

But in all seriousness, yeah this is pretty lame. This happened in Minnesota a long time ago. A neighbor complained about it and so the mom went out and paid the $30-40 to get the license so the kids could have their stand.

Re:Radical Oregon (1)

binkzz (779594) | more than 4 years ago | (#33174796)

Whether its known for being full of Hippies or apparent Lemonade Stand Nazi's (aka puppy/children haters) the state is known by others as very liberal. I thought there were protected jobs that minors could do freely, mow lawns, newspaper routes, and lemonade stands. Lemonade stands are practically an iconic image of American children living the American dream. Now some communists want to "put the public's health first." I'd like to know how much a 7 year old can screw up with a can of lemonade concentrate diluted with 3 parts water, chilled with ice cubes.

They can sneeze on their hands or be picking their noes while preping it. But in all seriousness, yeah this is pretty lame. This happened in Minnesota a long time ago. A neighbor complained about it and so the mom went out and paid the $30-40 to get the license so the kids could have their stand.

Did they have to prove anything to get that license (e.g. good hygiene practices) or did anything change to make it safer to buy lemonade after they got that license?

I'm just curious if getting the license actually made any difference at all. I don't care for some germs from a seven year old. The worst I'm likely to get is a cold.

Bureaucracy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33169762)

But if you had read the article, you would have known that she did keep her hands clean while making the lemonade.

This isn't about safety, this is about a bureaucracy trying to create a nanny state to protect us instead of letting them have a childhood.

When life hands you lemons (1)

BraksDad (963908) | more than 4 years ago | (#33172984)

DO NOT MAKE LEMONADE!

It Is not about authority, it is about liability.

Fire the GOON!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33182748)

This guy needs to GET a LIFE and a NEW JOB! He obviously hasn't done enough of his JOB as Portland health related issues in Restaurants are at a ALL TIME HIGH and he has time to bother a Kid at a LEMONADE stand. He should be FIRED and his supervisor for supporting him. People are leaving Portland because of stupid idiots like this. FIRE THE GOONS!

False description (1)

iamhassi (659463) | more than 4 years ago | (#33193246)

FTFA:
http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2010/08/portland_lemonade_stand_runs_i.html [oregonlive.com]
"Her business was a lemonade stand at the Last Thursday monthly art fair in Northeast Portland.... The two (mother and daughter) live in Oregon City, but Fife knew her daughter would get few customers if she set up her stand at home... they drove up last Thursday with a friend and her daughter. They loaded a wheelbarrow that Julie steered to the corner of Northeast 26th and Alberta"

I'm all for kids selling lemonade on their lawn or neighborhood street corner, but I do not agree with parents driving their children to public fairs to sell lemonade.
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