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

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?