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08/17/2009 12:17 AM ID: 80225 Permalink   

$50 Fine for Selling Lemonade


A 10-year-old girl has been fined $50 for not getting a permit before selling lemonade in New York City.

Clementine Lee and her father had sold 10 glasses of lemonade at 50 cents each and about a dozen of homemade chocolate chip cookies when the Parks Department came out and gave her the $50 fine.

Clementine Lee said, "It was such a hot day I figured people would want a cold drink."

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all I can do is shake my head. anything for an all mighty buck I guess
  by: willyshawker     08/17/2009 12:27 AM     
I think to my self yet again, what has happened to our world.
  by: captainJane     08/17/2009 12:57 AM     
Charge the father for child labour as well while at it.

You can't perform CPR in that country, without hesitation, somebody might claim you gave the a serious bout of gingivitis, after waking them up from the dead. America.
  by: skcusswentrohs     08/17/2009 02:22 AM     
  Business plan  
Up the price to $1/ glass, start a franchise on another corner, create a larger more appealing 'lemonade' sign (remembering to endearingly reverse the "e").

Treat the daily $50 fines as a cost of business and claim tax back from the IRS.

  by: p_g_chris   08/17/2009 03:19 AM     
This is one reason why I am glad I do not live in a mega-city. Yes let's fine little kids that are trying to find a way to make some extra cash. Let's not teach kids a value of a dollar and instead hope she just starts tricking out in 3 years so she can easily pay for the fines of prostitution and still have cash left over at the end of the night.
  by: TaraB     08/17/2009 03:27 AM     
  She is learning  
When the government comes to get their cut, they take it all.
  by: luxfestinus     08/17/2009 06:38 AM     
  WHAT?!? They didn’t taze the little trollop?  
I almost have to wonder if the Chinese are in charge of our law enforcement. It is as if every effort is being made to make sure no one becomes an entrepreneur in this country. Only consumers will exist, it’s the law. Our government needs to be disowned, throw them out of our country.

I have been advocating for a new branch of government for some time. The anti-congress. Their job would be to repeal laws that violate the Constitution and any laws that impinge on freedom. The Supreme Court was charged with protecting the Constitution but that has become a bit of a sham. Now days they are more interested in protecting the Government and it’s ability to make a buck.

Well, I feel so much safer knowing that 10 year old girls aren’t selling lemonade and cookies in the park…like I did when I was 10.
  by: valkyrie123     08/17/2009 07:09 AM     
To cover their ass, the Parks Commissioner dude "nixed" the ticket, blamed the park patrol guy (leader of the three perhaps?), and said he used poor judgment of the rules. He will be retrained about their rules and regulations and reassigned. The commissioner also offered the girl to sell again (I think thats what he meant) and he said he would be glad to buy a cup of her lemonade.

At least they righted their wrong, and the family didnt have to pay the ticket, but damage done?

(info taken from the source OF the source)
  by: joshjje   08/17/2009 07:24 AM     
Wonder how well the ticket issuer slept that night. But maybe she will be a little bit colder when she grows up or forgiving
  by: JayWar   08/17/2009 11:55 AM     
here it's needed to ask a permission to the thinks like this, and it is needed to give a receipt after all sold items.
  by: vizhatlan     08/17/2009 12:44 PM     
a lot of little kids make lemonade stands and never get in trouble for it.
  by: rachel1085     08/17/2009 02:04 PM     
  If you read more...  
""They approached us nonchalantly but then surrounded us," the peeved papa recalled. "They were very hostile as soon as they approached, saying 'Where's your permit? Where's your permit?' "

When Richard admitted he didn't have the right to sell on Parks property, the agents immediately slapped the dad and daughter with a summons for selling food without a license, which carries a maximum fine of $200.

"You've got to be kidding me, this is outrageous!" he told the agents.

Dozens of onlookers rallied to the pair's defense, shouting that the Parks officers were violating the Lees' civil rights, but the brokenhearted pair packed up and went home."

The real source is the NYPost, not fox news.
  by: veX   08/17/2009 02:56 PM     
  In a way, I agree with the parks dept  
I don't agree with the fine, but I DO agree with not allowing the sale of food stuffs.
This is NYC folks! If you let one kid do it, then you have to let them all do it and next thing you know you have 100,000 kids and parents hawking unregulated lemonade and cookies and next thing you knpow, they will branch out into selling DVD's and My Little Pony's.
Its NYC, people take advantage of everything here and will manipulate the laws to their liking, so there HAS to be regulation or we will have a park system filled with people hawking their crap.

If it was a small town, sure, let the kid sell her wares, b ut here in NY you just can't do these things or everyone takes advantage.
  by: cbuilding   08/17/2009 05:55 PM     
you definitely make an excellent point.

then again p_g_chris and skcusswentrohs also make very valid points too.
  by: fordrew11   08/17/2009 06:06 PM     
"100,000 kids and parents hawking unregulated lemonade and cookies and next thing you knpow, they will branch out into selling DVD's and My Little Pony's"

From what I can tell, in New York, that's just how it is. I went down there (from London) a few weeks ago and was baffled at some of the stuff sold on the streets.

Obama condoms? There were like, 15 Obama Condom vendors in the central part of Time Square alone. Not to mention all the guys trying to sell you their music or other media they've made. Getting all up in your face, singing some song that's apparently on the CD they're holding. Don't know if they had or needed permits though, to be honest.

Point is, lemonade is better.
  by: Dayron   08/17/2009 06:19 PM     
i think is the second time i read this, or the precious one was in florida?
  by: demonh8   08/17/2009 09:17 PM     
  What a sad world  
Hope all involved sleep well tonight knowing they enforced the law.
  by: Hellblazer     08/18/2009 05:47 AM     
  law enforcement a "lemon'  
As long as the lemons were grown here in America...
  by: sailor86   08/19/2009 04:46 AM     
  Public Flogging  
This "CRIME" only warrants public flogging with the birch and she must be whipped until 50 lash marks are bleeding heavily then salt thrown on her wounds!!!
OH MY GOD what is the world coming to this little girl is only 10 yrs old and showing some initiative and entrepeneurial skills at an early age. For goodness sake leave the child alone and let her sell her sodapop. Why not concentrate on the real perps out there, muggers,rapists and killers. God knows there are enough of them in NYC
  by: tenko2004c   08/22/2009 03:07 PM     
  And then what ?  
Do tell me someone, what would have happened if the little darling had caused someone to be poisoned by an infection as a result of failure to apply proper hygiene principles, bet the dad would not have a public liability insurance policy.

Who would have to be sued ? who does have one, You got it, the local authority, for failig to prevent illegal sales of an unregistered vendor, with no health and hygiene certificate, no training and no insurance, had she sold from home the household insurance policy is required to have cover for public liability.

Silly ? not so I would argue, in our nation alone over the last three years, premises that have hygiene certificates have killed more than thirty people from Scotland to the West Midlands, in old peoples homes to fish and chip shops, and butchers selling pies, and who will pay the bill if the family breadwinner is killed, to raise the kids or pay the mortgage, ?, thought so, not so cute then, is it ???
  by: Active1   08/22/2009 06:41 PM     
  That's the trouble  
This whole health and safety thing is a cause of a lot of shite over the last few years.Example I am bald but when I used a local swimming pool they insisted I wear a bathing cap! Hello!! Where are lice going to live on my head. Another, I am a large bloke and someone knocked my door asking for clothes for africa. I said if anyone can fit in my clothes he ain't starving.The rules on how we live our lives have gone mad, the politicians who are supposed to represent OUR views have nothing better to do than introduce crazy rules to inhibit every thing we do. A free society! I doubt it! All governments are the same money corruption, money corruption. The only way to get anywhere is to become a politician.
  by: tenko2004c   08/22/2009 06:56 PM     
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