August 20, 2011: Renegade Lemonade Day
Just for the record:
5ptsalt.com supports Lemonade Freedom Day, August 20, 2011.
Go ahead kids, sell lemonade in your own yard (after talking to your parents of course) and do it without a license.
Taste freedom while you can.
What to do if someone tries to shut down your lemonade stand:
- Always be respectful of any officials, follow their instructions even if they are wrong, and do not antagonize them.
- Ask what is the statute or regulation that gives them the authority to shut down the stand, and what are the grounds for doing so.
- Ask if the law or regulation specifically empowers them to shut down the stand or merely issue tickets for violations, especially a first violation.
- Ask the officer if there are any exceptions in the rule for businesses owned and operated by minors, or businesses that earn below a certain amount (which may be referred to in the law or regulations as “de minimus”).
- Ask to see the law or regulation.
- Get the officer’s name and badge number, or if not a police officer, the official’s name, agency or department, and job title.
- If possible, record the entire interaction on video (even if just a cell phone). *Please be aware of your state’s laws in regards to recording public officials. In some states it may be illegal.*
- Do not offer the officials anything (including free lemonade) to overlook the violation.
- Again, always be respectful of any officials, follow their instructions even if they are wrong, and do not antagonize them.