The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

19 June 2003

The perils of small business

Your basic Scary Introduction: "Hi, I'm from the government and I'm here to help."

Or, if you're six-year-old Avigayil Wardein of Naples, Florida, "We're the cops and we've come to close down your lemonade stand."

Something about a permit. And the city says that they don't do this sort of thing "unless someone complains," so I have to assume someone was whining about it. Does Bill O'Reilly sell sodas on the sidewalk?

Posted at 11:17 AM to Dyssynergy

According to the story, a neighbor complained. It's a hazard of living down here -- every block seems to have at least one cranky, misanthropic refugee from life who can't stand the fact that he or she can't afford a twenty-acre compound guarded by electric fences, so they compensate by making their neighbor's lives miserable.

In any case, the city seemed to have responded nicely (they gave the girl a free permit, so now she can reopen her lemonade stand -- and she can accept "tips" as long as she's not officially charging).

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 12:41 PM on 19 June 2003

But I notice the city stopped short of letting her take a cattle prod to the cranky neighbor...

Oh well, life is full of compromises.

Posted by: McGehee at 12:52 PM on 19 June 2003

It's full of something, that's for sure.

Posted by: CGHill at 2:59 PM on 19 June 2003