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Little Girl’s Lemonade Stand Shut For Not Getting A $3,500 Permit

by Justin Gardner, Activist Post:

Annabelle Lockwood makes the best homemade lemonade around Fountain Valley. Using her grandma’s recipe, a homemade stand built by her father and a lot of passion, she serves the gourmet refreshments – classic or pink lemonade, and flavors like peach, blueberry ginger and watermelon – to eager customers and charitable events.

But her passion is being tested by the regulatory hand of the State. Orange County authorities shut down Annabelle’s “small business” and gave her 30 days to get the proper permit and license.

The permit will cost around $200, but in order to secure the permit Annabelle will have to meet a bevy of government requirements – costing $3,500 – just to serve fresh-squeezed fruit juices to thirsty passersby.

According to the GoFundMe account set up by the Lockwoods to help meet this financial burden levied by the State:

1.She needs to upgrade her cart to get it up to commercial standards, in order to pass the inspection.

2. She needs to make the lemonade in a licensed facility. Licensed kitchens require: Liability insurance, a business license, a deposit and an hourly or monthly fee for use.

3. She needs commercial grade dispensers and bottles.

The family has received enormous support after media began telling Annabelle’s story, but in the meantime she has had to “turn down a wedding, corporate events, movies in the park and church events,” according to local KTLA 5.

Annabelle had previously set up her stand to help charities such as children’s cancer research and homeless services, but that was put on hold pending government permitting.

This isn’t just another business venture… it’s becoming a life lesson for a young ambitious entrepreneur. She will be able to do so much more in the community as well as at charity and school events to help others. She’s extremely passionate about her business, and we are so proud of her for creating something that so many others can enjoy!

It’s turning out to be a hard and fast lesson in how government requirements on businesses – many of which play no role in protecting people or the environment – put a heavy, unnecessary burden on aspiring entrepreneurs. Revenue collection is often the only driver of government permits and licenses.

Bearing down on the age-old tradition of youngsters setting up lemonade stands demonstrates how obsessed the State has become in “regulating” small business.

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4 comments to Little Girl’s Lemonade Stand Shut For Not Getting A $3,500 Permit

  • steelerdude

    Ah selling lemonade as a kid….the wonderful memories….my heart goes out to my mom (God Bless her sole now) for buying 4 cans of minute maid lemonade for me to sell for a loss….LOL
    She used to pull down the plastic pictures, open 4 cans and then put the water in them.
    (I used to tell her to hurry up, or might miss a sale!)….this was back in the 60’s…..when you
    could ride your bike where ever you wanted and come home after dark….and your mom
    wouldnt be worried to death…..those were the days….

    And the article is correct, if you dont give the kids the incentive to create and build, to figure out
    how to fix a problem, they will be become dumb down and nothing.

    As you can see, the Governments are starting to become hard up for money, not just going after
    little kids, and this is just not happening in California, but across the USA….small business

    Im surprised they are not requiring this little girl to have a credit card processor. We should
    see that pretty soon.

    My question is, are we too late? Should we just say “the Govt is going to F’us and enjoy life
    while you can?”

    It crosses my mind a lot….comments welcome…

  • Sergio of the Jungle

    They’re not regulating small business, they’re protecting their cartel buddies in big business. Can’t have an entrepreneur extracting a profit from our stream. We want what we paid for ……. protection.

  • tomche

    I used to have a lemonade stand when I was a kid. Fond memories to be sure…

    Boy am I glad I left this growing dystopia in the USSA…very sad.

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