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August 06, 2010

7 Year Old Julie Murphy 50 Cent Lemonade Stand Closed Because $120 Temporary Restaurant License Was Required

Posted in: Child Welfare,Economy,Government,Tax & Spend Liberals,Taxes,We the People,WTF



7 year old Julie Murphy had her lemonade stand shut down  in Oregon City, OR because the powers that be IDIOTS of Multnomah County claimed that she did not have a $120 temporary restaurant license. Are you serious? Let this be a lesson to the youth of America, you are dealing with an out of control, heavy handed insane government that is looking to control your every action from cradle to grave. What’s next, a $200 license fee for selling mud pies? What ever happened to common sense in this country?


It’s hardly unusual to hear small-business owners gripe about licensing requirements or complain that heavy-handed regulations are driving them into the red.

So when Multnomah County shut down an enterprise last week for operating without a license, you might just sigh and say, there they go again.

Except this entrepreneur was a 7-year-old named Julie Murphy. Her business was a lemonade stand at the Last Thursday monthly art fair in Northeast Portland. The government regulation she violated? Failing to get a $120 temporary restaurant license.

Just curious, did Lucy of Peanuts fame have a license to practice psychiatry? Hmm? Better than that, a degree and was she board certified? I guess it’s a good thing that Lucy did not live in Oregon or she would be fined and serving jail time.


What a message this sends to children where it was once a right of massage an a way of life to have children selling lemonade in their cute and adorable sidewalk stands. Come on folks, why would 7 year old  Julie Murphy have to pay for a temporary restaurant license, she is too young to even pay taxes. Or is that next … arresting the 7 year old for not charging sales tax. As Another Black Conservative aptly states, its a sign of a government run amok.

This is a perfect example of where common sense has left the building. Because we have become a society that wants to live a risk free and irresponsible life, we elect government to watch out for us at every turn. The trade off is freedom is eroded and commonsense takes a backseat.

Did any of these inspectors ever stop to think that children’s lemonade stands have been around forever and millions of people have not keeled over and died because of them? If pass generations have successfully survived the hidden threat of “food-borne illness” from lemonade stands, then I think this generation can pull through just fine. We don’t need government to protect us from every tiny possible danger.

Every possible danger? Talk about your typical liberal BS! It is not the governments job to protect us from every possible danger. What’s next, children not allowed to play dodge ball? Oops bad example. Ok, how about climbing trees?

What has become of the country that we grew up in? The age old practice of having children learn the value of a dollar, in this case 50 cents, and the sense of accomplishment, entrepreneurship and pride in running their own little stand? Instead that dream is squelched by an over-reaching government and foolish bureaucrats who say you can only do it if you pay us first.

Exit Question: With all that is going on in this country … does government really need to be picking on children like this to make a buck? What a terrible message to send to children.

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