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Government Protects Us from Julie Murphy's Lemonade Stand



JulieMurphyLemonadeStand2010-08-16.jpgJulie Murphy and her lemonade stand. Source of photo: online version of the NYT article quoted and cited below.


(p. A8) When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

When health inspectors cite you for it, get famous.

Julie Murphy, a 7-year-old Oregonian, set up a lemonade stand on July 29 at an art fair in northeast Portland. County health inspectors shut her down, however, telling Julie and her mother, Maria Fife, that they needed a temporary restaurant license, which costs $120. The penalty for selling food without a permit, they warned, was $500. At 50 cents a cup, that's a lot of lemonade.

Others at the fair urged the family to give away the lemonade, and they wrote "free" and "suggested donation" on Julie's sign with a marker. But the inspectors were unmoved.

Julie left the fair in tears.



For the full story, see:

JOHN SCHWARTZ. "Sorry, Kid: No License, No Lemonade." The New York Times (Sat., August 7, 2010): A8.

(Note: the online version of the article is dated August 6, 2010.)





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