Lemonade for Liberty!
Warm weather has arrived and summer is around the corner, which means it is once again time for that Great American Pastime – shutting down little kids’ concession stands! (Check out this excellent five-minute film, “Lemonade Stand” by Bill Doherty, Jr.; thanks to Robert Fernandes at LemonadeFreedom.com for bringing it to our attention.)
If you just thought to yourself, “Wait… that’s not right,” you are absolutely correct. It isn’t right. But unfortunately, it is true.
On April 16 the town of Hopkinton, Massachussets, saw the first lemonade stand shut-down of 2012. Even though the Westbury family had for years made a practice of setting up in their driveway and selling lemonade, cookies, and banana bread to spectators at the Boston Marathon, this year city officials closed the stand down because the kids had not obtained a permit from the health department. This is just the most recent of literally dozens of examples of local officials all over the nation shutting down kid-run concession stands.