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Health Inspector's shut down little girl's lemonade stand due to "sour" taste
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Posted 8/6/10
PORTLAND, Ore. —

A county official in Oregon has apologized after health inspectors soured a 7-year-old's business venture by shutting down her lemonade stand.
Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen, the county's top elected official, said the inspectors were "following the rule book," The Oregonian reported, but that regulators should take into consideration the intent of the food safety rules: To govern adults running professional food businesses.

Cogen's apology came after inspectors cracked down on Julie Murphy and her mother, Maria Fife, after they set up a lemonade stand at a local arts fair in northeast Portland. After just 20 minutes of selling the drinks, made from gallon jugs of water and Kool-Aid packets, an inspector asked to see their license, The Oregonian reported.

According to state law, even the ubiquitous summertime children's enterprise technically needs a temporary restaurant license, at a cost of $120 for one day.
After giving the pair the choice of continuing to sell the lemonade and face a fine of up to $500, or pack up and go home, the mother-daughter team opted to leave, the newspaper said.
Girl's tears

The ultimatum rallied vendors at other booths, The Oregonian reported, but after the crowd surrounded the first inspector and another who came to assist, Fife left with her daughter, who began to cry.
"A lemonade stand is a classic, iconic American kid thing to do," he told the newspaper. "I don't want to be in the business of shutting that down." Cogen added that he, too, had operated a stand as a child.
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Honestly, I do not know what to make of this. It's hard to believe that Health Inspectors are wasting their time with such things in the first place whereas they are needed elsewhere.

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Posted 8/6/10
damn bureaucrats a little kid can not eve make money anymore.
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two things here:

1. I'm glad I don't live in oregon
and 2. Thats just fucked up, making a little girl cry after shutting down her stand >:C
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Posted 8/6/10
The health inspector should've just brought a guy dressed in Santa and shoot him right in front of the girl.
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Posted 8/6/10
thats totally messed up poor little girl!
Posted 8/6/10
Let us all worship America, the wonderful Socialist State.
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Posted 8/6/10

" Cogen added that he, too, had operated a stand as a child


^ Did something happen to him?? Which is why he wasted pointless time on a childs way to make a small amount of money??
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Posted 8/6/10
Maybe it tasted really bad? :O
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Posted 8/6/10
I agree with what they did only because it was at an art fair, and if all the other vendors had to follow certain rules, she should have to comply as well.

Now if it was in her own neighborhood or in front of her own house, that's a different story.
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Posted 8/6/10 , edited 8/6/10
These days there are so many laws, and some places have prosecution for swearing. "The Simpson" had a episode where Lisa was selling Lemonade and she did not have license either, so the police shut her stand down.
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Posted 8/6/10
Pfft. Americans, eh.
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Posted 8/6/10
The health inspectors are probably lonely people with nothing to do.
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Posted 8/6/10 , edited 8/6/10
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reread it and at first ithought it was in front of their house

i missed the part where it said that it was a fair

the charge is ridiculous

but any other vendor would have gotten the same treatment
food inspectors need to focus on other things then i wouldnt have gotten food poisoning from this one place


note: im assuming this is like a state fair setting with tons of vendors lined up
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Posted 8/6/10 , edited 8/6/10

hikobuf wrote:

The health inspectors are probably lonely people with nothing to do.


typically government workers are miserable
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Posted 8/6/10


You have a giant penis on your head
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