Country Time Lemonade is sticking up for young entrepreneurs harassed by government over their lemonade stands.
The company’s initiative comes a week after an incident last week in Denver in which police were called on brothers who dared to sell lemonade for charity without government permission.
“My 6-year-old he saw the police officers coming over and he ran and he hid,” their mother said. “My 4-year-old came over and was looking at the police officer and heard what he was saying. He started to frown and then he started to cry. And it made me want to cry because they were so upset.”
Vendors complained the kids were undercutting their prices. So the kids had to be shut down with the force of government, apparently.
This is far from an isolated incident.
Fortunately, Country Time, no doubt seeing an easy (and just) PR opportunity, is “taking a stand for lemonade stands” and has created a fund called Legal-Ade, “a crack team ready to straighten out lemonade stands permits and fines.”
Good on Country Time for standing up to this madness, because it’s absurd that so many kids across the country have been subjected to this sort of backwards overregulation.
Sal Rodriguez is an editorial writer and columnist for the Southern California News Group. He may be reached at email@example.com
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