Last week brave and honorable government officials in Overton, TX, took down two violent criminals who were poisoning local residents by selling beverages without the proper permits.
No, that’s not what happened. Not even close.
Some government assholes shut down a lemonade stand run by two little girls who were trying to raise enough money for a Father’s Day present for their dad.
OVERTON, TX (KLTV) – A little summer fun was spoiled by police in Overton, and state health laws. Andria and Zoey Green wanted to raise $105 for a Father’s Day present.
“We were trying to raise some money to take our dad to Splash Kingdom,” 8-year-old Andria explains.
Their mother, Sandi Evans says her daughters have an entrepreneurial spirit.
“The girls are always into making their own money,” Evans says.
The girls initially wanted to start a paper route, but decided on a lemonade stand to make money more quickly.
“A code enforcement officer and the chief, she called me to the side and said we needed a permit,” Sandi recalls.
The City agreed to waive the $150 fee for a ‘Peddler’s Permit,” but the health department would prove a bigger problem.
Police Chief Clyde Carter explains, “It is a lemonade stand but they also have a permit that they are required to get.”
Texas House Bill 970, or the Texas Baker’s Bill, prohibits the sale of food which requires time or temperature control to prevent spoilage. Since lemonade technically must be refrigerated to prevent the growth of bacteria, by law, the girls can not sell it without an inspection and permit. Read More…
The most asinine part of the story is that the fucking assholes who busted up the lemonade stand know that it was a pretty shitty thing to do, but they are going to keep on doing it anyways.
“We have to follow by the state health guidelines,” said Carter. “They have to have a permit if they’re going to do the lemonade stands.”
For the mental midgets out their that say ‘the police are just doing their job, they have to enforce the laws even if they are stupid.’ Here are a few stupid laws currently on the books in Texas, that I seriously doubt are enforced:
- When two trains meet each other at a railroad crossing, each shall come to a full stop, and neither shall proceed until the other has gone.
- It is illegal to take more than three sips of beer at a time while standing.
- Up to a felony charge can be levied for promoting the use of, or owning more than six dildos.
- The entire Encyclopedia Britannica is banned in Texas because it contains a formula for making beer at home.
Police officers can, and should use discretion when choosing which laws to enforce. You’re not a good cop that’s just doing your job by shutting down a child’s lemonade stand, you are a fucking asshole.