Common sense, among those who work inside the state, is a rare commodity. Agents of the state, like those who work in law enforcement, often become so blinded to reality by ‘just doing my job’ they throw logic and reason to the wayside, choosing authority and force instead. Nothing highlights this blind order following quite like children receiving a cease and desist order from their local government, for selling their chicken’s extra eggs to their neighbors.
In San Antonio, during historical freezing in February, 10-year-old Indiana and 8-year-old Phoenix came up with a plan to help their neighbors. Grocery store shelves were empty due to panic buying, but they had plenty of extra eggs from their 28 chickens they raise on their property.
“During the freeze, they supplied eggs, gave away firewood and one of those individuals learned that our car was out of gas, so a five-gallon can of gas arrives at our house from one of those people – so they’re learning, positive things,” the girls’ father and retired Army veteran, Brian Johnson told CBS Austin.
After the freeze, there was a growing demand for their eggs, so the girls started selling them to their neighbors and brought in around $70 per week doing so.
“I told the girls, hey, you know we have some extra eggs. I’ll tell you what, I’ll open your bank accounts, I’ll get you checks and debit cards. We’ll build you an account and you can sell the extra eggs to the neighbor,” Johnson said.
But thanks to the crushing nature of the bureaucracy, the girls’ lesson in economics and free enterprise came to a grinding halt when the city of Bulverde got involved.
The family received a cease and desist letter in the mail from city officials demanding the girls stop selling eggs immediately.
Someone in the neighborhood, who may or may not be named ‘Karen’, called the city to rat out the girls and their egg enterprise. In an interview with the Washington Examiner, City Manager Danny Batts explained the complaint was specifically about keeping chickens “for the purpose of producing and selling” eggs.
The “keeping of 30 chickens in a residential neighborhood, while not common, is permissible” under the city’s ordinance, but “the selling of chicken eggs, or any other animal products produced on the property, from a residentially zoned lot is a violation … regardless of the age of the person conducting the sales,” he added.
“City staff are bound to investigate complaints of ordinance violations which are presented to us and to seek compliance with the laws as they are written,” Batts said in the statement.
According to the city of Bulverde, the girls are running an “illegal business” and thus, they were threatened with legal action for continuing it. But the girls disagree.
“We are not running a business. we are just trying to help our neighbors,” says Indiana Johnson, 10-yr-old daughter.
Johnson explained to CBS Austin he feels the city is picking on the girls, but due to the threat of legal action, he doesn’t plan on fighting it.
“I’m afraid that the city will take further action against me and I don’t want to hurt my kids,” says Johnson.
Highlighting the utterly nonsensical nature of the state is the fact that it is entirely legal for the girls to give away the eggs to the same neighbors. What this means is that the state only cares when money is being generated and they aren’t getting their cut.
So, the girls are planning on giving the eggs away anyway — but in hopes of receiving donations.
“We will continue to take care of our neighbors, we’ll give them excellence, and maybe somebody will donate a little bit to knowing all the hard work they do,” said Johnson.