Just in time for summer, let’s give three cheers to Country Time Lemonade for standing up for the great American past time of kids learning entrepreneurism and good work habits by opening lemonade stands. In recent years, overbearing bureaucrats and stuffy neighbors have tried to shut the stands down by demanding that police rigidly enforce zoning and licensing laws on children.
Well, Country Time Lemonade is launching an initiative called “Legal-Ade.” They’re offering a crack legal team to help kids fill out paperwork and fight fines. Under certain conditions, they’ll even reimburse any fines up to $300. There are more details at the link, along with some great stories and photos about local cops who took the side of the enterprising kids.
Personally, I think anyone who would try to abuse the power of government to shut down a child’s lemonade stand should go suck a lemon. Then again, these days, forcing a kid to deal with frivolous legal complaints and crushing regulations and permit mandates would probably teach them more about what it’s like to be in business than running the lemonade stand would. It might also create a whole new generation of Republicans.