Adults love to dispense encouraging words for those with the vision of investing young in their own small business, and the younger the better. How about the seven-year-old girl who, along with her mother, headed out to a fair in Portland, Oregon to set up a lemonade stand to sell refreshing summer drinks for a suggested donation of fifty cents a glass? Quite the little entrepreneur, wouldn’t you say?
Unfortunately, Suzie Lemonpusher forgot to pony up the $120 for an official business license, an error that opened her to a $500 fine, when the big, bad health inspector swooped in and told her to leave, that her lemonade was putting the well being of the entire county at risk. Apparently, quite a scene developed as nearby vendors gathered to support Suzie’s dangerously illegal business.
Luckily, the whole lot weren’t immediately hustled off to jail and deported to random Third World countries. That’s what you get for investing young, Suzie. Let that be a lesson to you that it’s far better to keep your head down and scratch for a pitiful hourly wage than exhibit the temerity to start your own business.
Multnomah County chairman, Jeff Cogen, quickly realized his inspectors were acting like blooming idiots and issued this statement: ?A lemonade stand is a classic, iconic American kid thing to do. I don’t want to be in the business of shutting that down.? He apologized for the behavior of his overzealous inspectors and said more ?professional discretion? would be used in the future.
Cogen’s words come too late for Suzie Lemonpusher who has sworn off investing young, or ever again at all, and contacted Kathie Lee Gifford about possible openings in her Honduran garment sweat shop.
Welcome to America, where you need a license to clear your throat.
The Young Wealth Team
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