Way to kill the capitalist spirit with bureaucracy – the story of 2 future libertarians

UPDATEBut after the girls’ business woes garnered media attention, followed by an onslaught of phone calls to Mayor Randy Kelly’s office from incredulous citizens, the city backed off.

The mayor’s “reaction was, and I quote, ‘Leave the little girls alone,’ ” said Howard Orenstein, senior policy adviser to Kelly.

“LIEP was doing its job. But there’s a common-sense line that has to be drawn,” he said, adding that the city will be reviewing the licensing rules as they apply to children’s refreshment stands. City officials said they had been cracking down in response to complaints about unlicensed businesses in the neighborhood around the fair.

Mikaela Ziegler, 7, and her 4-year-old sister, Annika, were selling refreshments Wednesday afternoon near the State Fairgrounds when a woman approached them. But she wasn’t there to buy.

“She said, ‘You can’t sell pop unless you have a license,’ ” Mikaela said.

That’s how it came to be that an inspector with St. Paul’s Office of License, Inspections and Environmental Protection shut down Mikaela and Annika’s pop stand.

I understand the need for licensing, but this is essentially two little girls with a lemonade stand. The bad press alone will make the town regret this decision.

~ by kinshay on 2003-08-29.

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