This map is from the Freedom Center of Missouri shows the Government War on Kid-Run Concession Stands. In it red and yellow cities are highlighted that impose restrictions on kids who want to set up a front-yard stand to sell lemonade, cookies, or fresh produce.
Red flags indicate a town that has shut down a kid-run concession stand, the four yellow flags are cities that require kids to get at least one city permit to operate a concession stand, and the the green flags are the only two cities in America that have officially stated that they will allow kids to operate concession stands without any permits: Chadron, Nebraska and Nashville, Tennesse.
Some of the recent stands that have been closed down this summer:
August 1, 2011 – Police officers in Coralville, Iowa, ordered at least three different sets of children to quit selling lemonade during the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa unless they first got a vendor’s permit and a health inspection. This is the first known example of a coordinated set of shutdowns at a single time.
July 19, 2011 – McAllen, Texas shuts down girls’ lemonade stand for failure to obtain food permit, may assess grandmother $50 fine.
July 17, 2011 – Police in Appleton, Wisconsin inform children that despite legally selling lemonade and cookies in their front yard during an annual city festival for the past six or seven years, a new city ordinance bans these sales in order to protect licensed vendors from competition.
July 15, 2011 – Cops in Midway, Georgia shut down a lemonade stand some kids were running in their own front yard, saying the kids had to obtain a peddler’s license, a food license, and pay $50 per day for a temporary business permit.
Photo by Carissa GoodNCrazy.