Hard work and entrepreneurial industriousness are the key to success in America.
Unfortunately, they’re also the key to harassment by police and bureaucrats, and possibly a citation with a fine.
That’s what two young ladies learned in Overton, Texas, when they thought to enter the competitive world of concession operations by selling generously sized cups of lemonade for 50 cents and bags of homemade kettle corn for $1.
The Green Girls Lemonade Stand, as their sign says, no doubt was a threat to local purveyors of fast food, soda pop and the like, so the law pounced in protection of its local chamber of commerce.
The Overton Police Department released a video showing a police officer pulling over near the stand and asking the young ladies to get their mother outside pronto.
Once mom showed up, the police interrogation began.
Officer: “You get a permit with the city to serve this?”
Mom: “I didn’t know I had to.”
Officer: “Yes ma’am.”
Mom: “Really? For a lemonade stand? I had no clue.”
Officer: “Yes ma’am.”
Mom: “I knew we had to for garage sales and stuff like that, but I didn’t know little kids had to for a lemonade stand.”
Officer: “We just have to enforce it.”
Cost of a Peddler’s Permit at the Overton City Hall, $150 — waived by someone who took pity on the young business ladies.
However, they were ordered to contact the Health Department because there must be an official inspection, for which the girls will no doubt be billed.
What’s funny is that the Overton police released the video of the harassment of two girls and their mom to “get the truth out” and show “their side” of what happened, in response to extensive criticism.
I think they’ve succeeded splendidly, and they’ve shown us an overbearing, nitpicking bunch of functionaries who have nothing better to do than engage in the busywork of keeping the streets safe from weekend lemonade dealers and hot dog vendors.
Meanwhile, at the border with Mexico, Border Patrol choppers are being shot down by murderous, thieving, drug-dealing cartel members as people flood into the country illegally.
Perhaps Overton should rethink its priorities.