Some Cities Put Squeeze on Kids' Lemonade Stands

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Some local bureaucrats are cracking down on childrens' lemonade stands in cities across the country.

One municipality in Iowa recently closed down several kids lemonade stands because they tried to sell their drinks during a statewide bicycle race.

Coralville wanted all vendors - including the kids - to pay $400 for a permit.

"An officer came by, and he was very nice, apologetic, and he said, 'You know I really don't want to do this, but we've been told we need to shut down any lemonade stands,'" said Dustin Krutsinger, whose daughter had set up a lemonade stand.

Krutsinger's daughter, Abigail, made $4 selling lemonade for 25 cents a cup.

Coralville City Administrator Kelly Hayworth told Cedar Rapids television station KCRG the city was trying to regulate hundreds of vendors in order to stay up to code with the county health department.

"I think that's the biggest question - who do you enforce it against and who do you not? I think that's the biggest problem," Hayworth said.

The enforcement against lemonade stands in Coralville lasted only two days. However, some cities in states like Georgia, Wisconsin, Texas and Pennsylvania have been enforcing tough restrictions.

Children who don't jump through the right bureaucratic hoops are getting a visit from the police.

The cities have been citing health code concerns and demanding children buy expensive business permits.

--Published Aug. 5, 2011

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