Should Lemonade Stands Require A Health Permit?


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For most American children, setting up a lemonade stand is a spontaneous event - Wake up one bright summer morning, squeeze a few lemons and start selling it to whoever passes by.

However, if you live in Multnomah County, Oregon, you may have to do some planning beforehand and obtain a Health Permit by forking out $120USD, before you can even think about setting up one or, risk getting shut down!

That's what happened to seven-year old Julie Murphy, who set up shop at a local community fair in Northeast Portland. Things were going well, when a health inspector showed up and asked to see a health permit authorizing her to sell lemonade.

Since she obviously didn't have one and Jon Kawaguchi, the environmental health supervisor needed to 'put the public's health first', he asked her to shut down her entrepreneurial venture or, pay a fine of $500USD.

Despite protests from Julie's mom and a number of the vendors, he remained steadfast in his ruling and the seven-year old had no choice but to take her jug of Kool-Aid lemonade and, head home!

When the news of this rather bizarre event reached County chairman Jeff Cogen, he of course reversed the decision and even called little Julie and her mother Marie Fife to apologize. He said that while that is indeed the law, he would have expected the health inspector to use some professional judgment, also known as, common sense?

What do you think? Was the official justified in following the law or should he have turned blind eye to little Julie's 'illegal' and 'unhygienic' venture? Be sure to let us know by adding your comments below.,

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  • LemonLoverSaturday, April 20, 2019 at 12:19 pm
    I Think that people should run lemonade stands without having to have any permits. I mean they're KIDS they can't just pull 120 USD out of their pocket like that!
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      android7Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 11:42 am
      that was a cruel thing to do ;-;
      • unknownTuesday, April 10, 2018 at 10:16 am
        he was unfair the girl didn't know and she's small
        • hihihihiihihihThursday, May 14, 2015 at 7:41 am
          the girl should have gotten another chance
          • GoldenThursday, April 16, 2015 at 6:03 pm
            OMG!!! What, why would they do that??? I think billygoat500 is right, she should of at least gotten 1, of all things1chance!!! And Alyssa is right, we have bigger things to think, and care about!!! Like poullution for HEVONS SAKE!!!!! Why so rude??? Headream100 is also corect!!! She is ONLY 7 years old, why??? Why, why, why??? OMG, I am soooooooooooooo upset, I am leaving. HUMP.
            • billygoat500Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 6:41 pm
              This is soooooooooooooooo rude, why would that person do that. I think the little girl should've gotten 1 more chance
              • me me 121Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 5:01 pm
                love it
                • MinerGamerDudeTuesday, October 21, 2014 at 1:13 pm
                  I think they should
                  • MareikeMonday, January 20, 2014 at 10:38 am
                    That man is Kray-Kray!
                    • bobTuesday, December 3, 2013 at 1:53 pm
                      why would they do that realy? shuting down a girls lemonade stand