Once Again, Law Enforcement Protects Us From The America-Destroying Scourge Of Children With Lemonade Stands

from the protecting-america dept

Every summer a bunch of these kinds of stories pop up, but Nick Burns was the first to send in this year's first story of police shutting down a lemonade stand that was set up by three girls between the ages of 10 and 14-years old... because they didn't have a business license. And, yes, this happens all the time, and yes, it always seems to make the news, but it doesn't make the story any less crazy, or any less of an example of politicians following rules over common sense. Of course, last year's story involved a stern lecture from a financial columnist about how lemonade stands that give away lemonade are anti-American. At least these girls were selling their lemonade...


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    :Lobo Santo (profile), Jul 20th, 2011 @ 3:11pm

    Lessons

    That'll teach those girls!

    Maybe next time they'll attempt to make money doing something which is unregulated, possibly illegal, but at least doesn't suffer from government oversight...

     

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    Chosen Reject (profile), Jul 20th, 2011 @ 3:19pm

    Why would its yearly occurrence make it any less crazy? I think it should be the opposite. Why haven't the laws changed? Why are police still enforcing these laws? That's where it gets crazy.

    There was a story a few years back about shave ice stands being illegal prior to June 1 in Provo, UT. The law changed to May 1st, eventually. I have no idea why they couldn't just make it legal all the time, but they at least changed the law.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 20th, 2011 @ 3:20pm

    Re: Lessons

    Or they could just try obeying the law and get the necessary licences. People like this who set up manufacturing and retail operations without the proper licences, do not pay minimum wage, pay no insurance are able to undercut the genuine business people of the US, law enforcement was right to shut them down. Surely jail time must follow.

     

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    Anonymous American, Jul 20th, 2011 @ 3:22pm

    Re: Lessons

    Maybe next time they'll attempt to make money doing something which is unregulated, possibly illegal, but at least doesn't suffer from government oversight...

    Like lobbying for PROTECT-IP?

     

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    Stephen Downes, Jul 20th, 2011 @ 3:25pm

    And if they put half the block into the hospital with e coli, who do you blame then? This isn't hypothetical, it's exactly what happens, and why we have these laws.

     

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    Atkray (profile), Jul 20th, 2011 @ 3:25pm

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    "I have no idea why they couldn't just make it legal all the time"

    Because it is Provo UT.

     

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    Mike42 (profile), Jul 20th, 2011 @ 3:33pm

    In my hometown...

    They tried to do this licensing crap where I used to live in Belleville, IL. It was sparked by the telco complaining that people were using nails for yardsale signs instead of tape. The psycho money-grubbing administration decided to require everyone to license their yard sales, rather than just ask people to use tape.
    The law was struck down the following year.
    Too bad for these girls, their community isn't as anti-regulation as ours was.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 20th, 2011 @ 3:42pm

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    how would having the license save people from e coli? Last time I looked, fast food restaurants, food manufacturers, etc. have been giving people e coli all the time WITH the required licenses.

    Have any roadside unlicensed lemonade stands given anyone e coli? I honestly don't know. I've never heard of any. Seems the unlicensed scofflaws have a better record than the licensed businesses.

    All this teaches kids is to distrust government.

     

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    :Lobo Santo (profile), Jul 20th, 2011 @ 3:43pm

    Re: Re: Lessons

    Yes, I'm sure the teen and pre-teen girls involved can afford the $700+ required to secure a business license and are likely to make a return on their almost-a-thousand-dollar investment with their little lemonade stand.

    Of course, that amount doesn't include the amount they'll also need to spend on a "privilege" tax license, required insurance, IRS quarterly tax filings in addition to State quarterly tax filings...

    /SARCASM

     

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    Gwiz (profile), Jul 20th, 2011 @ 3:44pm

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    And if they put half the block into the hospital with e coli, who do you blame then?

    I don't know about anyone else, but if I buy lemonade from my neighbor's kid and I get e coli I'm going to blame MYSELF.

    Geesh, has personal responsibility for one's own actions gone completely out the window?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 20th, 2011 @ 3:46pm

    Re: Re: Lessons

    You no need license to sell DVDs at your workplace or to hold a garage sale, so why should you need one to run a lemon-aid stand?!

     

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    DandonTRJ (profile), Jul 20th, 2011 @ 3:47pm

    Silver lining: Dude in the news article comments offered to buy the girls tickets to the water park that they were raising funds to gain entrance to in the first place. But overall, this continues the long and proud American tradition of rigorously enforcing trivial laws and making plenty of exceptions to the most important, high-level ones.

     

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    Jay (profile), Jul 20th, 2011 @ 3:54pm

    A famous guy

    Oh well, when life makes you lemons. You make lemonade...

    But you know what? Police officers don't want your damn lemonade. So you need to give those lemons back! That's when you get mad! What can you do with those lemons now? You demand to see the police officer's manager! Make life rue the day that they gave three girls without a business license lemons! They're the ones that are gonna burn those officer's house down! With the lemons! Those kids are going to invent a combustible lemon to burn their house down!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 20th, 2011 @ 3:55pm

    As the saying [now] goes

    If life gives you lemons, don't even think about making any fucking lemonade.

     

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    DandonTRJ (profile), Jul 20th, 2011 @ 4:10pm

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    Exactly. It's all about expectations. If I walk into a restaurant, supermarket, or any obviously-licensed business, then yes, I expect them to comply with certain standards. But when I buy a cup of lemonade from a 12-year-old's collapsible table, I know what I'm getting myself into. At this rate, I'm waiting for the government to start regulating Halloween so only licensed households can dispense candy.

     

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    The Incoherent One (profile), Jul 20th, 2011 @ 4:10pm

    Re: Re: Re: Lessons

    Technically not in a home, and it serves food type items to people which poses a potential health risk

    I think its dumb as hell. I had one as a kid and sold brownies, cookies, lemonade, and iced tea. Cleared 400 profit one summer.

     

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    xenomancer (profile), Jul 20th, 2011 @ 4:12pm

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    I believe that the half of the block with E. Coli. kindly asks the local police department to investigate the sudden outbreak on their behalf, with the intent of seeking compensatory (not punitive) damages from the seller since they (the buyers) assumed a risk at the time of purchase from the person(s) selling the lemonade.

    ...if it happens that the outbreak wasn't just a coincidental cockup at the local water treatment plant.

    That fun situation likely occurs despite the license you hold in such high regard. To assume that a license significantly decreases the risk of a purchase, let alone removes said risk, is a logical fallacy. To say correlation is not causation simply does not go far enough. The myopic assumption that a license can ward off serious risk from consuming lemonade sold out doors is analogous to pasting a sign with "No unlicensed water allowed past this point!" over a screen door on a submarine. I can understand the comfort of legally guaranteed channels for recompense should a seller distribute a faulty product, BUT, let's not forget the nasty "... you further agree not to hold [insert name of horrible lemonade selling urchins here] liable for any harm caused by [insert juvenile allusion to urine as a product name here] ..." phrase likely found in any purchase agreement the license obliges the legally savvy lemonade stands to use. Like any activity with a potential risk, people will continue to do it with or without regulation, regardless of said regulation's "effectiveness." Blind pursuit of entrepreneurial children simply does not fix this specific problem. Like many laws, it merely places a football-field-sized bandage over a minor skin blemish and justifies itself with a clueless cosmetic-beauty-is-overrated attitude.

     

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    xenomancer (profile), Jul 20th, 2011 @ 4:15pm

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    Are you licensed to hold that opinion? You could harm someone's emotions and be found liable for their closet of anti-depressants!!!

    [/sarc]

     

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    The Incoherent One (profile), Jul 20th, 2011 @ 4:16pm

    Re: As the saying [now] goes

    Unless you have secured the proper business license, and comply with all neighborhood zoning laws, CCRs, and homeowners association rules. All forms must be filled out in triplicate and submitted no less than 20 business days prior to planned lemonade stand.

    **Additional health inspection may be required. please visit: www.nottheamerica.com/Igrewupin.php

     

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    Capitalist Lion Tamer (profile), Jul 20th, 2011 @ 4:16pm

    That sucks...

    However, it did draw the heat away from my Free MP3 Stand.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 20th, 2011 @ 4:20pm

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    Wait, are you suggesting that the grocers who sold tainted produce were on the hook financially when people contracted e coli from the produce they purchased? The farmers, maybe, but I don't think the grocers were. (But I could be wrong.)

    In a typical products liability action, everyone in the chain has potential liability, but I don't think the same applies here.

    Then again, if a night full of customers gets food poisoning at a restaurant I expect the restaurant would be on the hook.

     

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    Ur mom, Jul 20th, 2011 @ 4:20pm

    See how Mike's against America, and freedom?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 20th, 2011 @ 4:21pm

    Re: Re: Re: Lessons

    I have never gotten a license to hold a garage sale. I suspect most people don't get one either.

     

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    xenomancer (profile), Jul 20th, 2011 @ 4:24pm

    Re: That sucks...

    I can see the MAFIAA headline now:

    'Unlicensed lemonade decreases piracy.'

     

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    ltlw0lf (profile), Jul 20th, 2011 @ 4:33pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    If I walk into a restaurant, supermarket, or any obviously-licensed business, then yes, I expect them to comply with certain standards.

    Unfortunately, those standards sometimes only exist during the time in which the health inspector visits. And unless there are complaints, that only happens once in a great while. There are quite a few organizations I know that recently lost their license due to failed inspections after a number of complaints, who had "A" ratings until they lost them. I also know a couple friends whose stories about their teenage years in the restaurant industry nearly caused me to swear off going to restaurants ever again and the companies they work for never lost their rating either.

    Since it is pretty hard to mess up lemonade (but not impossible,) and with proper parental supervision, the chances of me getting e-coli from drinking their lemonade are several orders of magnitude smaller than me going down the street to McDonalds... Life is about taking acceptable risks...you risk being killed or injured every second you are alive...but it is better than the alternative.

     

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    Any Mouse (profile), Jul 20th, 2011 @ 4:34pm

    Re: Re: Re: Lessons

    There are actually places that do require you to obtain a license to hold a garage sale. Silly, ain't it?

     

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    Xythlord, Jul 20th, 2011 @ 4:35pm

    Lessons

    "All this teaches kids is to distrust government."

    IN that case, it was a lesson well learned. They got to learn it sometime in life, it might as well be soon.

     

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    Lauriel (profile), Jul 20th, 2011 @ 4:41pm

    Re: Re: Lessons

    For the sake of my sanity, and my faith in humanity, I choose to read this post with sarc marks attached.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 20th, 2011 @ 4:46pm

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    "how would having the license save people from e coli?"

    Because, the e coli bug will inquire into whether or not the seller of the lemonade has a business license. If so, the bug will die. If not, the bug will infect.

     

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    Jud, Jul 20th, 2011 @ 4:49pm

    whose job is it to protect the consumer?

    I think stories like these show how ingrained the idea of government protection is. People simply do not understand or comprehend how a free market system could protect people from poor or dangerous products. They think that government intervention is the best (and only) way to ensure that the consumer is protected. But they are so wrong - licenses can simply be purchased at a price. Government inspections are infrequent and the inspectors are fallible or easily bribed. The end result of licensing is that consumers are lulled into a false sense of security instead of being forced to use their brains and common sense to protect themselves.

    “We were not aware of how the lemonade was made, who made the lemonade, of what the lemonade was made with, so we acted accordingly by city ordinance"

    This quote says it all. The government thinks it's their job to protect the consumer from every danger, no matter how small -- even a lemonade stand.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 20th, 2011 @ 4:50pm

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    "I don't know about anyone else, but if I buy lemonade from my neighbor's kid and I get e coli I'm going to blame"

    Those who sold your neighbor the lemons. After all, if the lemons are safe to sell, then why isn't the lemonade that came from the lemons also safe? What, did the e coli magically materialize itself in the lemonade making process?

    If my neighbors invited me over their house and made me lemonade, does the government need to get involved? Does the government need to make sure that there is no e coli inside the lemonade before I drink it? Presumably, the lemons used to make the lemonade has already been screened, right?

    What if I go to my neighbor and eat an apple that my neighbor cut into four pieces. Does the process of cutting the apple into smaller pieces (or making lemonade from lemons) magically make the apples subject to regulation?

    How is this any different? Just because it's for profit?

     

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    someone (profile), Jul 20th, 2011 @ 4:52pm

    laws are laws

    Is it dumb kids get in trouble for selling lemonade? Sure is.

    But if that's what the law says, then that's how it should be.

    Maybe the people in the communities where this is an issue should work to get the laws changed.

     

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    Zot-Sindi, Jul 20th, 2011 @ 4:55pm

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    for all i know, half the crap being sold at the local garage sale could be infected with fifty variation of the cold & flu, AIDs and ass rot, all waiting for some sucker to bring them home, yet i still don't see anyone stopping them from selling their potentially contaminated junk

     

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    Zot-Sindi, Jul 20th, 2011 @ 5:00pm

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    Yep. I heard he's also responsible for causing world hunger. But, eh. Rumors.

     

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    FuzzyDuck, Jul 20th, 2011 @ 5:00pm

    Good lessons for those girls

    Good lessons this teaches those girls:

    - The police are *NOT* your friend.
    - The police can't distinguish good from bad and have no moral compass.
    - The police is often used to harass good people.
    - Governments make stupid laws.
    - Neither the government nor the police exist to serve the people, in spite of claiming otherwise.

    Learn this early and you won't suffer later when more important things are at stake.

     

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    Zot-Sindi, Jul 20th, 2011 @ 5:05pm

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    Wait? Did I say garage sale? I meant Walmart, no telling what sort of nasty infections are smeared allover the products.

     

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    PRMan, Jul 20th, 2011 @ 5:08pm

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    Well, if the kids don't wash their hands after they... Look, do I need to explain how the e coli gets in the lemonade...

     

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    Gwiz (profile), Jul 20th, 2011 @ 5:11pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I also know a couple friends whose stories about their teenage years in the restaurant industry nearly caused me to swear off going to restaurants ever again and the companies they work for never lost their rating either.

    Seriously, I worked at a fine dining restaurant/bar in the early 80's. There was always an unmarked envelope in the back of the bar register drawer just in case the health inspector made a suprise visit when the owner wasn't there.

     

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    Anonymous Cop, Jul 20th, 2011 @ 5:33pm

    Re: laws are laws

    Damn right! That's why we're going after all the people who spit on the sidewalk next. And women who wear patent-leather shoes, fish for whales on Sunday, get a fish drunk, participate or conduct a duel, breastfeed in public, mistreat anything of great importance, or ARREST ANYONE ON SUNDAY OR THE FOURTH OF JULY. And that's just in Ohio.

    Ohio Laws

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 20th, 2011 @ 5:43pm

    Re: laws are laws

    How many laws do you break every day? Why not change those laws instead of break them?

    Do/ did you ever:

    Speed
    Not wear your seat belt
    Not use your turn signal
    Break a TOS agreement
    Drink before you were 21
    Smoke before you were 18
    Look at porn before you were 18
    Sneak into a movie
    Make an illegal U turn
    Play your music to loud to late
    Experiment with any illegal substance
    Jay walk
    Litter
    Loiter
    Not report something as income to the IRS
    Tresspass
    Ride your bike without a helmet or where prohibited
    Not pick up your dogs shit
    Smoke in a public space where prohibited
    And this list could go on

    If you do or did any of the above without first trying to change the law, you "someone" are a hypocrite.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 20th, 2011 @ 5:46pm

    Re: Re: Re: Lessons

    Does /SARCASM mean that you imagined saying all that in an irritating nasal whine.

    I bet you even think that, that is what sarcasm is.

     

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    FM Hilton, Jul 20th, 2011 @ 5:46pm

    The wrong set of vendors!

    The cops want to cut down the scourge of illegal lemonade stands?
    Hey, how about the local drug dealers?
    "Hey, you have a license for selling drugs?"

    Makes about as much sense.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 20th, 2011 @ 6:03pm

    "Once Again, Law Enforcement Protects Us From The America-Destroying Scourge Of Children With Lemonade Stands"

    Quick, send the entire police force, assuming they aren't distracted with their efforts to get a cat out of a tree somewhere else!!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 20th, 2011 @ 6:28pm

    Clearly they've failed to learn proper procedure

    The correct course of action would have been to send in 20 FBI agents, guns drawn. As we learned earlier today, that's the appropriate response to errant teenagers.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 20th, 2011 @ 6:50pm

    Re: The wrong set of vendors!

    Actually, that's how the government originally started punishing drug dealers, because they didn't have authority to make selling the product illegal. The feds and state governments started issuing Marijuana Stamps - pretty much little tax stickers one should put on every bag of marijuana to make it a licensed sale. The government subsequently made not using these stamps a punishable serious offense. However, they issued a couple of stamps in the beginning, and then stopped issuing them altogether while keeping the law on the books; making every drug sale an unlicensed illegal sale.

     

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    Louis L, Jul 20th, 2011 @ 7:17pm

    Re: Re: Lessons

    you are a turd.

     

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    Rekrul, Jul 20th, 2011 @ 7:18pm

    Re: laws are laws

    But if that's what the law says, then that's how it should be.

    In Wichita, Kansas, it's illegal for a motorist to proceed through the intersection of Douglas and Broadway unless they get out and fire three shotgun rounds into the air.

    I suppose you support that law being followed as well?

     

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    Rekrul, Jul 20th, 2011 @ 7:21pm

    The police claim that they're enforcing the law to keep people safe, but that's a crock. Want proof? If they were giving the lemonade away, it would have been perfectly legal. Gee, where's the concern for public health then? Why is it that the police are only worried about public safety when there's money involved?

     

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    Nicedoggy, Jul 20th, 2011 @ 8:01pm

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    You do understand that lemon juice is a) a degreaser and b) a natural disinfectant don't you?

     

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    Nicedoggy, Jul 20th, 2011 @ 8:25pm

    What I like in politicians is that they are completely stupid. That is one reason why I don't care who wins an election it won't make a difference, good people in power happens once in a while.

    Lemon juice is acidic how many pathogens that affect humans can grow in an acidic medium?

    I don't know but what I do know is that salmonella and e.coli don't trive in those conditions and in enough concentrations they don't even survive.

    Lemon juice as a natural biocide for disinfecting drinking water.

    Lemon Juice a Natural Disinfectant has Scientific Proof | Natural Cleaning Product Review

    Quote:
    Disinfectant
    At the Tsyuma Central Hospital, scientists examined various methods of disinfection on a battery of 4 microbes, including strep. According to their study published in the Medical Journal of Tsuyma Central Hospital, they found that using a method of spraying lemon juice and then wiping with a paper towel after 1 minute achieved a "4-log reduction" of bacteria. A 4-log reduction is a scientific term meaning a 99.99% kill rate of microbes.

    How to Clean and Disinfect with Lemon
    This was a small scientific study, using only 4 strains of bacteria, but I think it is accurate to state that using a 50-50% dilution of lemon juice* and water as a disinfecting cleaner (spray it, wipe it, spray again and let dry) will kill all most all household germs on hard surfaces in your home.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 20th, 2011 @ 9:13pm

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    AIDS then. They could have given half the block lemons tainted with AIDS. Wait a second?

    Lemons? AIDS?

    Unlicensed businesses are not a laughing matter.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 20th, 2011 @ 9:15pm

    Re: Re: laws are laws

    FUCK YEAH!!!

     

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    Trails (profile), Jul 20th, 2011 @ 9:34pm

    Re: Re: Lessons

    Well played, sir or madam

     

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    Trails (profile), Jul 20th, 2011 @ 9:34pm

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    So they use the business license to wipe?

     

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    BearGriz72 (profile), Jul 20th, 2011 @ 11:21pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    "Unlicensed businesses are not a laughing matter."

    Really? then why am I laughing my ass off reading this?

     

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    BearGriz72 (profile), Jul 20th, 2011 @ 11:29pm

    Re: Re: laws are laws

    "It is illegal for more than five women to live in a house."

    WTF?!?
    ... I'm sorry officer, I had to kill my wife we just had a fifth daughter!

     

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    The eejit (profile), Jul 20th, 2011 @ 11:34pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Lessons

    I imagined the rant to be a Comic Book Guy rant.

     

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    Hephaestus (profile), Jul 21st, 2011 @ 12:16am

    Re: Re: Re: Lessons

    The fee is $50 USD per day, or $180 for the year.

    and one more thing ...

    Bad cop, No doughnut!

     

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    MadJo (profile), Jul 21st, 2011 @ 12:46am

    Who was the sad excuse of a human being who called the cops on these kids? They should run those snitches out of town.

     

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    Chris, Jul 21st, 2011 @ 1:37am

    No one called the cops they drove by and just felt like be the jerks and power hungry jack a.s.s's they are. More and more people are tired of government and police actions but only a few are willing to stand up to them and try to make a change. That and you can blame the ice cream man that has to pay that fee of $180 and bitches when he has to compete with kids that charge .50 cents to his $2.50! I could have Baskin and Robbins for around the same price, so yah I will take the Lemonade now for .50 cents and have ice cream when I get home!

     

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    kryptonianjorel (profile), Jul 21st, 2011 @ 4:19am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Lessons

    This happened in my town. It wasn't the business license that shut them down, but the health-related issues from selling food products

     

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    DS, Jul 21st, 2011 @ 5:44am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Lessons

    Have you been here long? No amount of sarcasm would be worse than what some people post here in earnest.

     

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    AJBarnes, Jul 21st, 2011 @ 5:55am

    So what's new?

    Our gub'ment has made it SO hard for anyone to open a small business that we're destroying those businesses that employ 80% of our workforce. Ever try to open a small business? Fees, licenses, taxes, permits... thousands and thousands of dollars you have to pay which is caused by the gub'ment to stiffle competition and protect their political supporters.

    We used to be a people who had a government...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 21st, 2011 @ 6:18am

    How hard is it to understand?

    If you allow the lemonade stands unlicensed with no health inspections, etc, you take a risk. You also set a precedent that would allow others to set up street side stands without a permit. Why would it be limited only to kids? Soon enough, everyone is running their unlicensed hot dog, burrito, and what not stands at every corner.

    If there is a law, the law gets enforced. It makes it sound bad when it is "some 11 year old girl", but that just isn't legally relevant.

    If anything, this sort of post is a good indication on where you stand on the law in general. Exceptions should be made for "nice" people, or people with "good" intentions. That's just not how the law works!

     

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    ComputerAddict (profile), Jul 21st, 2011 @ 6:23am

    Re: Re: Re:

    "What, did the e coli magically materialize itself in the lemonade making process?"

    I knew I shouldn't have bought Raw Meat and Lemonade From the same plywood stand.... /SARC

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 21st, 2011 @ 6:26am

    Re: Re:

    Actually, yes. Personal responsibility and accountability has completely gone out the window for most people in this society, and it's honestly a large part of the problem. No one feels as though they should be accountable for anything - but what's worse is that they take it one step further, and believe that since they aren't accountable then surely someone else MUST be.
    Something harmful that people probably shouldn't do? Illegalize it instead of raising awareness and educating people on it.
    Fall down and break your neck because some establishment didn't put a wet floor sign out? Sue the crap out of them.
    Business models failing because they're outdated? Pay to have them enforced even harder, instead of updating them.

     

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    known coward, Jul 21st, 2011 @ 7:15am

    speaking of comments to the origianl article Re:

    one of the comments said the lemonade sale was in fact legal


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    ben on 07/18/2011 17:34:24

    Not sure what ordinance this police chief is reading but from what I can tell the little kids should be able to operate with a liberal reading of this section of the code:

    Section 7-1-8 Casual and isolated activity.
    Except as otherwise provided in this title, nothing herein contained shall be interpreted so as
    to require any person who may engage in casual or isolated activity and commercial transactions,
    where they involve personal assets only and are not the principal occupation of the individual, to
    obtain a business license and pay a fee therefore. Garage sales, involving the exchange or sale of
    personal items are considered casual or isolated activities for the purpose of this chapter

     

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    Ninja (profile), Jul 21st, 2011 @ 7:18am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Lessons

    heh, we are giving up on our freedom because we fear terrorists, we are giving up great experiences for children because we fear a few viruses and bacteria.

    Maybe we should kill ourselves, spares us the effort of avoiding everything that might kill us.

     

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    cherrry (profile), Jul 21st, 2011 @ 7:38am

    Really Now...

    What is America Coming to?

     

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    Troy A. Wilson Sr., Jul 21st, 2011 @ 8:03am

    Re: Re: Lessons

    I must have missed the sarcasm tag. Kids! Kids selling lemonade! Pay attention, class. Let's not stray to far from the original topic here.

     

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    John Harman, Jul 21st, 2011 @ 8:28am

    Lemonade and the Law

    Hard to believe the cops would actually spend their time dealing with this. These guys should be fired for just being stupid. Since they were too stupid to realize the backlash this would cause, they should not be making decisions that deal with human lives....
    So, let me think, should I spend today helping keep the citizens lives bettr or safer (which is why they pay me)and (which is why they became a cop in the first place)(we hope) or should I spend today busting 10 year olds for trying to work, learn a bit about hard work=money and stay off welfare when they grow up?

     

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    MAC, Jul 21st, 2011 @ 8:34am

    Lemonade stands...

    To protect the Republic from the evil influences of the communist empire...
    But most importantly, to protect the sanctity and purity of our bodily fluids...

    Straight out of Strangelove...

     

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    Benjamin Unander, Jul 21st, 2011 @ 8:56am

    Re: Re: Lessons

    You're an idiot. We should be encouraging found people to look for ways to be creative in making money (i.e. lemonade stands) when they are too young to work. This is completely ridiculous that we are punishing people who want to sell a completely legal product in a completely legal venue. Its people like you...

     

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    dwg, Jul 21st, 2011 @ 10:15am

    Re:

    I blame you.

     

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    Alien Bard, Jul 21st, 2011 @ 11:32am

    Re: Good lessons for those girls

    These are the lessons I've been teaching my kids since they were old enough to understand "Don't talk to strangers." Police and government have their place but never rely on them for help when you really need it. I've also taught them the inherent dangers in calling '911' so they will only do that after first calling someone who can help.

     

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    BeeAitch (profile), Jul 21st, 2011 @ 11:36am

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    "All this teaches kids is to distrust government."

    You say this like it's a bad thing.

     

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    Alien Bard, Jul 21st, 2011 @ 11:40am

    Re:

    Close but no cigar. There are more laws in effect then the police are physically capable of enforcing. It is a personal choice on each officers part which law s/he will enforce at any given time. So yes, they do make exceptions for 'nice' people with 'good intentions' when they feel like it.

     

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    Philly Bob, Jul 21st, 2011 @ 1:00pm

    e-coli??

    Can e-coli even LIVE in lemon juice???

     

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    Jordan (profile), Jul 21st, 2011 @ 1:12pm

    Will someone, please protect us from "the children"?

     

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    Eugene (profile), Jul 23rd, 2011 @ 3:08pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Lessons

    But we have to make sure to kill ourselves in a way that doesn't pose a health risk!

     

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    JazzyJ502, Jul 24th, 2011 @ 5:35am

    Re: Lessons

    Yeah, like pirate radio, or something.

     

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    Engine 103, Jul 24th, 2011 @ 12:48pm

    You don't need a license to have a bake sale, schools and churches do it all the time without one, so why in the hell do people pick on some kids trying to make a few bucks?

     

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    gene (profile), Jul 24th, 2011 @ 2:16pm

    Lemonade Stands entrepreneurs.

    The cop and all those bureaucrats supporting his actions need to be FIRED immediately for lack of common sense. This lack of common sense will happen again in a more destructive & serious event involving police brutality..

     

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    gene (profile), Jul 24th, 2011 @ 2:19pm

    Re: Re: Lessons

    No doubt this was written by a bully of similar lack of common sense...Probably an Obama voter...

     

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    dragon, Jul 28th, 2011 @ 9:37am

    o no

    o no they might have poisoned the lemonade run for your life!!!!

     

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