Texans love to imagine California as The Land of Overregulation, while the Lone Star State is envisioned as a Place Where Business Thrives, Unencumbered By Government Interference.
Now, we know that is not entirely the case (although the Austin City Council did vote to approve a June 2017 resolution that waived the permitting process for lemonade stands), but now and then....
As reported by San Francisco reporter Frank Somerville, a man threatened to call the police on a girl in Discover Bay, Calif. at her lemonade stand for lack of a business license.
He quotes from the Facebook page of the girl’s father, a gent named Richard LaRoche:
“Whoever (sic) the man is who threatened to call the police on my daughter for her lemonade stand, you are seriously pathetic. There is a right way to do things and a wrong way to do things. I understand that you were upholding the ‘law’ but really dude?"
She was setting up shop on public property (her parents told her she could be there for one hour).
LaRoche told SFGate.com that "The man just pulled up next to her and asked for her business license and then told her ‘I’m calling the police’ and then got on the phone and began speaking as if he was talking to police. She was so scared that she came home crying and sobbing and said she didn’t want to go to jail.”
After he posted the story on Facebook, LaRouche told her, per the reactions, that the community was fine with the stand and that some people are jerks.
"We set up a second lemonade stand on our property (on Friday) and she was busy the whole three hours,” he said.
You may make your own California regulation jokes here.
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This story has been updated to reflect Austin City Council’s recent votes on lemonade stand permits in the city.