Friday, August 06, 2010

Regulators gone amok: "Portland lemonade stand runs into health inspectors, needs $120 license to operate"

While they ultimately reversed their stance after political higher ups intervened, it should serve as reminder that when governments and bureaucrats are given power, they'll use it (OregonLive):

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.

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