In news that’s reminiscent of the Oregon Lemonade Stand Scandal of 2010, two 13-year-olds in New York state had their baked goods business shut down by police for operating without a license.
The two teens had been selling cupcakes, cookies, brownies and other things that are making me really, really hungry right now, for $1 each in a park in Chappaqua, NY, when a local politician ratted them out to authorities for operating sans permit.
Says the mom of one of the teens:
The police officer was extremely pleasant. He said he was sorry to have to do this, but that he was following up on a report filed over the phone by a Town Board member… [My son] was so upset, he was crying all the whole way home. He was worried if he was going to get arrested or have a criminal record.
The Scrooge-like politico who dropped a dime on the teens says rules are rules: “All vendors selling on town property have to have a license, whether it’s boys selling baked goods or a hot dog vendor.”
When asked why he didn’t just approach the boys and tell them they needed the license, Mr. Wet Blanket said, “In hindsight, maybe I should have done that, but I wasn’t sure if I was allowed to do that… The police are trained to deal with these sorts of issues.”