Five-Year-Old Wanted to Raise Money. CA City Demanded She Pay Up.
The government is a steaming pile of suck (see YOUR TAX DOLLARS: Government Wasted Hundreds of Thousands on 'Why LGBT People Drink' and IRS Seizes Veteran's Money, Forces him into Bankruptcy. But, it Gets WORSE...). In case you need another example of this, check out what happened to this little girl who dared to open her own lemonade stand in California. She just wanted to earn her own money to buy a bike. Dabble in capitalism. Learn the importance of hard work. But the city had other plans...
Autumn Thomasson put up a lemonade stand in June. "She wanted to buy a bike to buy around her new neighborhood," says Gabby Dehaas, Autumn's mother.
But by late October, more than four months later, Dehaas got a letter in the mail from Porterville's Finance Department.
It said she needed to pay for a business license for the lemonade stand. The letter also included a print out of Dehaas' Facebook post.
"I was thrown back by that. I didn't appreciate a screenshot of my daughter sent back to me," she said.
Delighting your neighborhood with fairly priced, delicious glasses of lemonade? NICE TRY, LITTLE GIRL.
Anybody else think it's creepy that the city sent this mom a photo of her own kid? As if they caught her little cherub doing the dirty. But the city was just doing what it had to do, enforcing the law and whatnot. Her lust for lemonade must be stopped at once. For the sake of the people, right?
Negative, ghost rider. Apparently the whole thing was a mistake.
[Porterville City Manager John Lollis] says children do not need a business license to sell lemonade - or any other goodies. "It makes the city look bad," Lollis said.
"We want our youth to be engaged and looking at business opportunities," he said.
To their credit, the city ended up apologizing. At least it was an educational experience for the tiny tot. She got a sneak peek into the government crapstorm small businesses have to suffer through. Yay learning!