Is the Market Too Regulated? (Lemonade and Vegetables)
ABC News: Mayor Shutters Children's Produce Stand For Lack of Permits
As many have probably seen on the various news feeds as of late, there was an 11 year old girl selling vegetables through a roadside stand who was ordered to shut down her business.
This, of course, isn't the first time this has happened by any means. Not too long ago a lemonade stand was shut down that belonged to a 6 year old girl for similar reasons.
Katie and Sabrina Lewis' veggie stand, in the town of Clayton, Calif., where they sold homegrown watermelons for $1, has been shuttered by town officials who told the girls' parents that their daughters' venture violated local zoning ordinances.
Police Shut Down 6-Year-Old's Lemonade Stand
But a earlier this week, Abagail and her friends were put out of business by a neighbor.
"We didn't have a permit, so she called the cops," Abagail said.
The police arrived and told them to take down the lemonade stand because Abagail was violating city laws by not having a temporary business permit.
Have we, the American people of this forum and beyond, allowed our government too much control over our small business?
Just to set up a preemptive opposing point, there are certain individuals that, when presented a question like this, would be quick to note that many citizens often accuse the government of allowing too much profiteering and price gouging of larger businesses. Therefore this is just a side effect of having government involvement in private businesses.
My question for you is simple: Is this simply an exaggerated series of cases, or is there a serious problem here?