When The Government Gives You Lemons, Open Up A Lemonade Stand Anyways. Why Are Local Governments Wasting Time And Resources On Kids' Summer Lemonade Stands? 6/11/18 - A Whittle Bit of Commentary

A Whittle Bit of Commentary with Chad Whittle

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One thing a lot of kids enjoy doing in the summer is opening up a lemonade stand. It’s a harmless, innocent way for kids to make some money and have some fun.

That’s been the case until the government Grinch’s got involved across America fining kids for not having a business license or permit to sell lemonade in their neighborhood.

Across America, kids have been told that they owe money for permits from California to Georgia. In Cali in 2016, a young girl was told she owed $3,500 in permits to sell lemonade.

Even in Texas, a little girl was told she needed an operations permit, and in Colorado, a lemonade stand got shut down over a permit issue according to The Blaze.

This is all really ridiculous that our government is wasting time and resources on summer lemonade stands that kids operate.

There are so many other things, legitimate concerns that government officials could be spending their time on. The kids probably don’t even make enough money all summer to pay for the permits and fines. They’re selling lemonade. It’s like a quarter a cup. They’re not getting rich.

If you just have to make them have a permit. Fine. Charge them a dollar, but that’s it. Remember, they’re kids. It’s not like they’re running a business empire. Let them have some fun.

There’s plenty of time for them later to learn about taxes and permits. Let them pour you a glass of lemonade and enjoy summer. They’re not kids long.

I’m Chad Whittle on A Whittle Bit of Commentary.

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