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No Permit, No Kids Limeade Stand in Oregon

Culture, Health, Kids, Food

Health inspector shuts down 7-year-old's summer lemonade stand


One enterprising 7-year-old girl trying to make a little extra summer cash had her lemonade turned into lemons.


Health inspectors for Multnomah County in Oregon shut down Julie Murphys stand, where she was charging 50 cents a cup for Kool-Aid lemonade, according to the Associated Press.


The little entrepreneur got the idea for opening a stand when she saw a TV episode where a cartoon character, Olivia the pig, opened one, according to her mom, Maria Fife.  While selling her cold drinks at a monthly fair in northeast Portland last Thursday, a health inspector asked for her license and then said she’d have to close up shop or risk being fined $500.


Lemonade stands require a permit in Oregon, according to – and while kids who stir up a big pitcher and make a homemade sign might fly under the radar if they set up shop right outside their home, that’s not likely to happen at a large event where county health inspectors are on the prowl.


"I understand the reason behind what they're doing and it's a neighborhood event, and they're trying to generate revenue," Jon Kawaguchi, environmental health supervisor for the Multnomah County Health Department, told  "But we still need to put the public's health first."


The cost of a temporary license for a stand?  A chilling $120.


Since the lemonade stand got squeezed out, the county’s top elected official, county Chairman Jeff Cogen, apologized for the sour treatment Julie got.


“A lemonade stand is classic iconic American kid thing to do,” Cogen told the AP. “I don’t’ want to be in the business of shutting that down.”  He also called Fife to apologize.


Cogen noted that the regulations for food stands are aimed at professional food service operators and that the inspectors are expected to use professional judgment.  “This isn’t something we need to be using our limited resources to crack down on,” he said.  Cogen said he could identify with Julie.  After all, he recalls having lemonade stands as a kid.


Source: Nydailynews



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