July 18 2011
If you live in the D.C. area, you probably saw reports about Maryland's crackdown on illicit lemonade stands.
And thank goodness they did! Those pesky beverage outposts manned by those annoyingly entrepreneurial children really are a public nuisance.
No doubt inspired by the bravery of these Maryland police officers, authorities in Georgia are instituting their own lemonade stand crackdown. Fox News reports (emphasis mine):
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.
Midway Police Chief Kelly Morningstar says police also didn't know how the lemonade was made, who made it or what was in it.
The girls had been operating for one day when Morningstar and another officer cruised by.
The girls needed a business license, peddler's permit and food permit to operate, even on residential property. The permits cost $50 a day or $180 per year.