Victory: County apologizes to little girl for shutting down her lemonade stand

posted at 9:46 pm on August 6, 2010 by Allahpundit

Sure, we’re forced to purchase health insurance. And okay, we’re compelled to bail out car companies. And yeah, we’re on the hook for a staggering, mind-boggling national debt. And right, we’re not even allowed to grow our own marijuana to try to cope with all that.

But sometimes, sometimes … the little guy wins one.

Multnomah County’s top elected official apologized Thursday for health inspectors who forced a 7-year-old girl to shut down her stand last week because she didn’t have a food-safety permit.

Chairman Jeff Cogen also said he has directed county health department workers to use “professional discretion” in doing their jobs…

Several people who read about the stand in The Oregonian offered to pay the girl’s fee so she can sell lemonade. In addition, one of the Last Thursday vendors is planning a “lemonade revolt” at the festival this month.

Cogen and health department officials said they aren’t sure what their response will be if people set up unlicensed lemonade stands, as the protest calls for. Cogen emphasized that his employees’ safety is also a top concern for him.

Er, let’s mellow out, Oregnonians. As for political fallout, I can only assume that the woman and her daughter will be guest speakers at the next Portland tea lemonade party rally. Exit question: Is Julie Murphy the new Joe the Plumber?

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They can take our lemonade, but they can’t take our freedom!

The Monster on August 6, 2010 at 9:50 PM

How generous of them. How giving. I’m overwhelmed with gratitude.

Still dicks.

MadisonConservative on August 6, 2010 at 9:51 PM

When the government hands you lemons. RUN.

Lily on August 6, 2010 at 9:51 PM

So being “allowed” to keep the lemonade stand is a victory these days, huh?

lorien1973 on August 6, 2010 at 9:52 PM

They can take our lemonade, but they can’t take our freedom!

The Monster on August 6, 2010 at 9:50 PM

We already are living in a tyranny….soft may it be.

Tim Burton on August 6, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Cogen and health department officials said they aren’t sure what their response will be if people set up unlicensed lemonade stands

How about a $50k study to find out why?

repvoter on August 6, 2010 at 9:55 PM

The left’s mask comes off once again.

jawkneemusic on August 6, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Advice to little girl: Next time chatter some Spanish and yell out that you’re an illegal who is being repressed, the government types will back off so fast it will make your head spin.

Bishop on August 6, 2010 at 9:55 PM

This whole issue could have been avoided if this 7 year old girl was wearing an Obama T shirt.

Electrongod on August 6, 2010 at 9:58 PM

The invisible hand works in mysterious ways.

Even if it smells a little lemony.

SteveMG on August 6, 2010 at 10:01 PM

“Victory”? Hardly. And look what it takes today not to lose a minor freedom, or to postpone the loss.

I’ve got a different definition of victory.

rrpjr on August 6, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Cogen and health department officials said they aren’t sure what their response will be if people set up unlicensed lemonade stands

Just put ICE in charge of it and they won’t bother any undocumented lemonade stands

Red State State of Mind on August 6, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Advice to little girl: Next time chatter some Spanish and yell out that you’re an illegal who is being repressed, the government types will back off so fast it will make your head spin.

Bishop on August 6, 2010 at 9:55 PM

LOL! Yes! :) :) :)

Theophile on August 6, 2010 at 10:05 PM

Heres the thing,

it wasn’t State approved ZombieObamaVoterBot
KOOL_AID,and thats why,”the man” came down
on her!!(snark).

canopfor on August 6, 2010 at 10:06 PM

Chairman Jeff Cogen also said he has directed county health department workers to use “professional discretion” in doing their jobs…

In plain language, that means to not be an a$$hole to little kids selling lemonade.

Geez, wouldn’t their time be better spent chasing the roaches out of the local greasy spoon?

BacaDog on August 6, 2010 at 10:06 PM

Kepping Portland Weird.
It’s not just a bumper sticker.

ORconservative on August 6, 2010 at 10:07 PM

Next time she can show them,her papers,as
the Junior Civilian National Security Officer
of her block area!!!(sarc)

canopfor on August 6, 2010 at 10:09 PM

You know, there’s millions of lemonade stands out there, you can’t shut them all down. You can’t go around arresting people just because they want to earn some money and keep thirsty families from dehydrating. These undocumented lemonaders have as much right as any of us to live the American dream.

Socratease on August 6, 2010 at 10:15 PM

As an Oregonian, and a multnomah County resident, I am surprised they apologized.

Next week, they will demand a boycott of her lemonade stand because her fruit wasn’t grown in an “all green, pesticide free” farm, or from fruit that isn’t local.

Wait and see.

portlandon on August 6, 2010 at 10:16 PM

Geez, wouldn’t their time be better spent chasing the roaches out of the local greasy spoon?

BacaDog on August 6, 2010 at 10:06 PM

There is a greasy-spoon cafe attached to the local truckstop in my home town. I wish you wouldn’t have mentioned that, Baca. :P

gryphon202 on August 6, 2010 at 10:18 PM

You want to end some of this garbage, find out the inspectors name that did this and post it, along with pictures, all the papers and websites. Nothing wrong with subjecting this public official to some public ridicule. Maybe if people were subjected to some abasement they would think twice before pulling this crap.

lowandslow on August 6, 2010 at 10:19 PM

rrpjr on August 6, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Exactly.

lorien1973 on August 6, 2010 at 10:20 PM

lowandslow on August 6, 2010 at 10:19 PM

Exactly. Turnabout’s fair play – they can pull up any documents they like about YOU and be a pain in the tush. Why not be the same to them?

Dark-Star on August 6, 2010 at 10:35 PM

An apology is OK, but I’d rather see the “lady with a clipboard” standing in the unemployment line. Not that these government leeches would ever actually discipline one of their own.

infidel4life on August 6, 2010 at 10:55 PM

Many county health inspectors raised concerns for their safety. ‘These 9 year old girls with the lemonade stands are very dangerous, I’ve actually been kicked by one and it really hurt. I was on state paid disability for 4 years.’

County executives plan to assign a uniformed officer to each inspector to ensure their safety.

BobMbx on August 6, 2010 at 10:56 PM

You know, there’s millions of lemonade stands out there, you can’t shut them all down. You can’t go around arresting people just because they want to earn some money and keep thirsty families from dehydrating. These undocumented lemonaders have as much right as any of us to live the American dream.

Socratease on August 6, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Stalin, Mao, and Lil’ Kim did it, and it turned out well for them.

BobMbx on August 6, 2010 at 10:58 PM

All that negative National Media coverage must have been something.

Probably the flood of phone calls to the County Courthouse helped a little too.

listens2glenn on August 6, 2010 at 11:07 PM

They’re going to allow free enterprise?

So noble, these benevolent power-trippers.

hillbillyjim on August 6, 2010 at 11:22 PM

The inspectors where “trying to keep people safe”?

Yeah right.

It’s about money. They wanted to make the parent pay up so as to increase the income of the state. I bet the agency keeps track of who produces revenue and that producing that revenue increases your promotion chances.

Sackett on August 6, 2010 at 11:31 PM

So being “allowed” to keep the lemonade stand is a victory these days, huh?

Agreed. They still shut her down on the day of the festival. An apology doesn’t make her whole. And the only reason they apologized was due to national media coverage. Look at the quotes from county officials in the original story. They were completely unapologetic. Without media coverage they never would have apologized.

If this is a victory, it is an extremely small one. The Nannys will be back, and in greater numbers. And we’ll keep fighting them :)

bigbeas on August 6, 2010 at 11:33 PM

I am surprised that the Health Department didn’t call in SWAT and take the little seven year girl away in handcuffs.
Jeff Cogen said that the Health Inspectors were only doing their job. Is harassing little children in the job description of the Inspectors. These Inspectors acted like jerks. In Law Enforcement, when there is an overzealous Officer- his fellow Officers will say that he is badge heavy. In the case of the Inspectors, I guess you can say that they were pencil heavy.

flintstone on August 6, 2010 at 11:46 PM

Portland sucks canal water. What a sorry-ass excuse for a city. I should know – I lived there since 1968 when I got out of the Army and moved from Salem, another crap hole. I finally escaped. Portland used to be a nice place but the Californians put and end to that. Tree huggers, latte, bycycles, hippies, tweekers, tattooed freaks, gang wars, the whole schmeer. Nothing more than an annex of San Francisco.

LarryG on August 7, 2010 at 12:07 AM

With gay marriage, there won’t be more kids.

In my opinion, the local media is liberal and wouldn’t cover this but did because the underground media explodes on these things.

seven on August 7, 2010 at 1:01 AM

I’d like to disagree with the angst aimed at the inspector. Here’s why: She was doing her job. The law says the little girl is in violation. The county admited as much when it stated that it wants inspectors to use “professional discretion.” That’s absolute crap. If the law can be read that a little girls lemonade stand is in violation, the law will be read that way, and not necessarily by someone with bad intentions. Punishing the inspector for a f’d up law does nothing to stop another inspector from taking the same view of the law later.

Here’s a novel idea: You know the law sucks, so FIX THE DAMN LAW. End of discussion.

brainy435 on August 7, 2010 at 1:37 AM

This thread is awesome – what a great read.

Advice to little girl: Next time chatter some Spanish and yell out that you’re an illegal who is being repressed, the government types will back off so fast it will make your head spin.

Bishop on August 6, 2010 at 9:55 PM

I suggest a tiered pricing system on the lemonade. Take that, leftist bureaucrats!

inviolet on August 7, 2010 at 1:56 AM

How can they shut down a lemonaid stand and allow such wreckless behavior of a mother serving home made cookies at a birthday party?

Why, I have even heard that some families invite other families over to dinner without a health inspector approving.

This has never been about health. It is always about money.

The Rock on August 7, 2010 at 3:06 AM

If she had been giving the lemonade away for FREE, would there still be a problem?

CH on August 7, 2010 at 3:19 AM

That full-figured green-wearing woman is a teacher? Don’t tell me she’s a health instructor.

leftnomore on August 7, 2010 at 3:23 AM

When lemonade stands are outlawed only outlaws will have lemonade stands.

viking01 on August 7, 2010 at 6:22 AM

I’d like to disagree with the angst aimed at the inspector. Here’s why: She was doing her job. The law says the little girl is in violation. The county admited as much when it stated that it wants inspectors to use “professional discretion.” That’s absolute crap. If the law can be read that a little girls lemonade stand is in violation, the law will be read that way, and not necessarily by someone with bad intentions. Punishing the inspector for a f’d up law does nothing to stop another inspector from taking the same view of the law later.

brainy435 on August 7, 2010 at 1:37 AM

Nonsense. Even cops have discretion about whether or not to arrest somebody or ticket somebody. The simplest question to ask is, “Aren’t there some real health hazards out there you people could be checking out rather than harassing a 7 year old girl?”

fossten on August 7, 2010 at 6:31 AM

Oh, I get it.

In the United States of America, a mobster-banker can run for the Senate, but a seven year old girl can’t sell lemonade without a permit.

BigAlSouth on August 7, 2010 at 6:34 AM

Don’t taze me Multnomah !!!

viking01 on August 7, 2010 at 6:38 AM

Did anyone else notice what looks very much like a Billy Clintoon with saxophone doll on the bookshelf behind goober?

Maybe both have a thing about exploiting young girls?

viking01 on August 7, 2010 at 7:14 AM

Aw, it’s a geetar or ukelele so I’ll have to give him a pass on the Clintoon reference.

viking01 on August 7, 2010 at 7:20 AM

This whole issue could have been avoided if this 7 year old girls mother was a Illegal alien.

IowaWoman on August 7, 2010 at 8:47 AM

Had she just paid a fine- Right Jimbo?

CWforFreedom on August 7, 2010 at 9:38 AM

This whole issue could have been avoided if this 7 year old girls mother was a Illegal alien.

IowaWoman on August 7, 2010 at 8:47 AM

The funny thing is if that was the case chances are real good we would never have heard about this story.

CWforFreedom on August 7, 2010 at 9:39 AM

If government had it’s way, your neighbor would need to pay the county for a food safety permit to offer you a beer. It’s where we are headed.

tarpon on August 7, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Apology simply not enough. Anyone involved at the government level should resign or be fired immediately. They’re insanity and fundamentally unsound mindset and perspective remain with them after the apology, and will only continue to f@#$ up everything they touch. Time for them to be unemployed.

Midas on August 7, 2010 at 9:54 AM

We already are living in a tyranny….soft may it be.
Tim Burton on August 6, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Don’t worry it won’t be soft for long….

Friendly21 on August 7, 2010 at 9:59 AM

not even allowed to grow our own marijuana to cope, now that’s funny

tai-pan on August 7, 2010 at 10:52 AM

When the Government Beast threatens to eat you, stick its tail into its mouth!!!

landlines on August 7, 2010 at 10:53 AM

So being “allowed” to keep the lemonade stand is a victory these days, huh?

lorien1973 on August 6, 2010 at 9:52 PM

At the rate we’re going in this country the day may come when just being allowed to keep the lemonade will be a victory. It may be too sweet or something.

jeanie on August 7, 2010 at 11:03 AM

his employees’ safety is also a top concern for him.

Gee, is the tradition of tarring and feathering oppressive government agents making a comeback? One can only hope.

Turn up the heat on that tar, if you please.

quikstrike98 on August 7, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Evil b’tards. Evil and corrupt to the core.

TheBigOldDog on August 7, 2010 at 2:10 PM

The only way we could go after illegals now is to be really strict on business with many surprise investigations

PrezHussein on August 7, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Lemonade prohibition.

Take it underground.

seven on August 7, 2010 at 8:21 PM

These “county” officials are someting else, huh??

mmcnamer1 on August 7, 2010 at 10:00 PM

He forgot to say: Have no fear, every public employee involved in this will be paid for their time in addressing it, including myself

Dollayo on August 9, 2010 at 5:16 AM