Ballston Spa, NY — As 2018's summer of snitches continues, a story out of New York shows just how well the see something say something propaganda is working on society. Multiple vendors at a state fair in Ballston Spa, New York called government officials last month to have a nearby lemonade stand—run by a 7-year-old boy—shut down.
As TFTP reported in June, the Country Time lemonade company launched a campaign pledging to pay fines and permit fees for young entrepreneurs who are reprimanded by the police state for their harmless refreshment stands.
The story below proves why that campaign was so desperately needed.
The vendors who called the state Department of Health were either completely brainwashed by the state into thinking the boy was committing a crime, or they—like so many other corporate welfare leeches do—were using the state to shut down their competition. Either way, the state did their part.
As the Times Union reports, DOH spokesman Gary Holmes said that one of the department's inspectors closed down the stand at the entrance of the Saratoga County Fair after four separate vendors complained about it.
Holmes told reporters that all of the vendors called to ask if this little boy had the proper permit to operate the lemonade stand. The young entrepreneur, 7-year-old Brendan Mulvaney, did not have the proper permit to sell lemonade—so the state shut him down.
"We don't want to kill the dreams of a little boy, but for safety, they need a permit. We will help them get the permits," Holmes said, claiming that inspector "did not see any child."
Sean Mulvaney, Brendan's father said he believes the state is trying to cover for its employee.
On Monday, the state issued an apology to the boy. However, sticking with their guns, they noted that the boy still needed a permit to sell lemonade.
"Yesterday, they issue an apology and today I need a permit," the father said. "This makes no sense. My child is 7-years-old, he's all over the paper with a lemonade stand, you saw him in front of the sign and they are trying to say it was my stand. Some higher up must have told them to do this so they don't fire the employee."
Mulvaney explained that his son was selling lemonade for 75 cents and if he was forced to get a permit, he would have to sell it at the fair's pricing which is $7.
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DOH says a temporary food permit, which is what Brendan would need, is $30 and is good for a year. The DOH website noted that a temporary food establishment is "a place where food is prepared or handled and served to the public, with or without charge, and which operates at a fixed location in conjunction with a single event or celebration of not more than 14 consecutive days duration."
How, exactly, a $30 payment to the state would protect people from anything remains a mystery.
The news even made it to state Senator James Tedisco, who visited the boy and surprisingly called for the state of New York to keep their noses out of Brendan's business.
"When I was a kid, state bureaucrats didn't go around shutting down lemonade stands and threatening children and families with fines," Tedisco said on Sunday. "These kids are trying to give people sweet lemonade and learn some important business skills but the overzealous state bureaucrats in the administration just keep giving taxpayers lemons."
According to the Times Union, Tedisco said he's going to demand the DOH pay for the boy's lost profits.
As Reason magazine points out, perhaps these politicians can direct some attention to the state's burdensome occupational licensing and training programs that do the same thing to adults that the health department did to a 7-year-old. The Institute for Justice notes that becoming a barber in New York State requires two and a half years of professional training. Becoming a child care worker requires a year of training, more than in any other state besides New Jersey.
Although Brendan was shut down, at least he escaped without a fine, other children who've dared to sell the cool lemony goodness without a permit haven't been so lucky.
As TFTP reported last year, a five-year-old girl was issued a citation after she set up a lemonade stand without first obtaining a permit.
In 2015, comedian Jerry Seinfeld's son, Julian, and two friends set up a lemonade stand to raise money for a charity.
However, thanks to a see something say something neighbor, police were notified of the illegal lemonade venture. Hero officers then swooped in to shut down the stand, citing local village law violations.
After being shut down, Jerry and family posed for an epic pic, trolling both the police and the neighbor who would call the cops to shut down a charitable lemonade stand.
In Portland, Ore. an 11-year-old girl wanted to sell mistletoe from their farm at a holiday market to help her dad pay for her braces, which cost $5,000. But the Parks Bureau refused to let her set up without a permit, lease or concession agreement. She was told she could beg instead.