Police state comes to small-town Georgia

Big Brother’s Lemonade Squad strikes a blow for Big Government in small town Georgia. 

While most Americans are accustomed to police and government regulators employing heavy-handed tactics to limit and control virtually every facet of our business and personal lives in major cities (especially in California and the northeastern U.S.),  the police state is now reaching its tentacles into small towns and communities everywhere.  A police operation shutting down a young girl’s lemonade stand in the small Georgia coastal town of Midway, confirms there is no place in the country safe from overbearing police tactics lacking common sense.  

Just last week, Midway police shut down a lemonade stand operated by three girls because the youngsters did not have a business license, which would have cost $130 per year plus $50 a day. The girls simply had wanted to raise money so they could go to a local water park.  To accomplish this simple task, they turned to what was – in decades past – a normal way for kids to raise a little spending money and learn a bit about free enterprise at the same time.  No longer.  

As explained by Midway Police Chief Kelly Morningstar, her department had to shut down the lemonade stand, because neither the chief nor apparently anyone in the entire department was “aware of how the lemonade was made, who made the lemonade, [or] what the lemonade was made with.”  

Message to Chief Morningstar:  It’s lemonade, for heaven’s sake! Water, lemons, sugar and ice. Nothing complex; but apparently sufficiently mysterious to cause conniptions within Midway Police Department’s ranks.

Coincidentally, Verizon recently began running a commercial to promote the company’s wireless technology. In the ad, Susie is running a lemonade stand in her front yard; her father hands her a cell phone so she can use the calculator to total her sales. While her dad steps away, she uses his phone to convert her simple lemonade stand into a corporation and divide the neighborhood into sales regions for her friends. 

The commercial is humorous, but clearly the story line is fictitious.  Were the commercial true to life – at least in Midway, Georgia — the moment Susie tried to use her dad’s cell phone to expand her business, the police would swoop in and shut her down.  

The young girls in Midway, Georgia may not have learned much about free enterprise; but they sure received a hard lesson in overbearing and unthinking government.  That’s probably a more relevant lesson for this 21st Century, anyway. 

By Bob Barr – The Barr Code

116 comments Add your comment

Tranny Crapzilla

July 21st, 2011
1:51 pm

“Calling people names, or having re-mixing people’s blog names is truly childish.”

Kiss my arse.

john

July 21st, 2011
2:45 pm

Wow. what a bunch of looney toons!

Koolaid

July 21st, 2011
2:48 pm

My air conditioner went out. I’m getting overheated and dizzy. I think I’m hallucinating. Look, I just want to thank all those who replied in the positive to my concerns about sidewalk lemonade stands and I hope that we can endure this “Dome of Heat” that has me looking out my picture window for any sign of those confounded girl scouts and their now-a-total-mirage lemonade stand. The cops must have taken them away in hand cuffs, dammit! those fools…….my kingdom for pesticide residue…….rat urine……….it’s getting dark……….looks like the laizze faire tea party folks was right…….aughhhh…….

NOTE: The AJC regrets to inform the fans of this idiot that he died of dehydration within a few feet of a sidewalk lemonade stand. The city of Midway, Georgia is going to pay for his headstone which will read, “what a dope….what a fall guy….what a maroon…..bwa”

kimmer

July 21st, 2011
3:04 pm

Hey Koolaid. First of all according to the CDC your numbers are about 3X too high. Their website says foodborne illness takes the life of about 3,000 per year not 9K most of which are either very old, very young, or immunocompromised in some way. Secondly, the top 10 riskiest food items do not include lemonade. They all fall in three categories. Seafood, dairy items, and fresh produce. Improperly cooked meats are next on the hit parade. The acidity and sugar content of lemonade render it pretty well safe even if you do use the garden hose to make it where those mythical and apparently quite skinny hose rats go to use the bathroom. Oh and even if it is a little gross. Consuming an itty-bitty spider or two isn’t going to hurt you either.

You worry way too much. Let the kids have their lemonade stand!

Funkmaster

July 21st, 2011
6:17 pm

Women shouldn’t need a license to give massages,body scrubs,or dance nekkid for tips in bars either!

Jeff

July 21st, 2011
6:45 pm

Not to change the subject, but Bob Barr is a yankee just like Newt Gingrich.

Carry on.

GEORGIA GOP REDNECKS LIKES A POLICESTATE

July 21st, 2011
8:45 pm

ATLANTA POLICE OFFICER RUNOVER BY SUSPECT!
MORE KARMA,FOR THE POLICE STATE!

GEORGIA GOP REDNECKS LIKES A POLICESTATE

July 21st, 2011
8:49 pm

THE WAY YOU REDNECK CONFAGDERATES ACT,IM SO GLAD SHERMAN CAME AND BURNED THIS STATE DOWN,WE NEED TO BRING HIM BACK ALIVE SO HE CAN FINISH THE JOB!
SOUTHERN GOT D@MN YANKEE I AM!

mountain man

July 21st, 2011
9:04 pm

Of course, the girls who made the lemonade did’t tell you that she had the runs, just went to the restroom and pooped, ad forgot to wash her hands right before she made the lemonade, squeezing the lemons FRESH with her hands. Of course, he who buys the lemonade ca take their chances, I don’t think we need the police to tell us it might ot be sanitary. If we get E. coli from the lemonade, it is our own dam fault. It would be different if it wre a real restaurant where we expect the rules to be obeyed.

mountain man

July 21st, 2011
9:05 pm

Sorry, don’t know where some of my “n”s are going.

Barbeesha

July 21st, 2011
10:28 pm

Well whomever the police chief in Midway answers to – mayor, city council – needs to give her a lesson in civics and even-handed law enforcement. Like suspending or firing her. The girls’ parents should be pushing hard for that.

MikeB

July 21st, 2011
10:32 pm

From Exactley as I Thought @9:58am ” If you’re not willing to accept all unlicensed, corner capitalistic activities in your neighborhood, then you shouldn’t accept any. No mention in the law books about excepting cute little girls selling lemonade. Thus ends the civics lesson.”

There are times where laws created need to have some latitude regarding enforcement, and times where strict interpertation are in order. Our representatives in local, county, state, and federal govt. are the ones we elect to write laws in a manner reflecting either “latitude” or no….. Technically it is not up to the Police Officer how to interpert the law, unless the law grants that leeway….. So in reality the folks in that community need to look at the draft of that law and ask the following…….

1. When was this law drafted?
2. Does it make sense presently or does it need redrafting or elimination?
3. What is the enforcement frequently for this law, on an annual basis for the last 10 years(or from the date of passage).
4. Who is responsible for clearing obsolete laws from the local or county codes that the police were enforcing?
5. How are these steward of local and county ordinances measured from a performance perspective? And are they in fact peforming in an acceptable fashion?

I agree this is a situation that requires common sense, but the ambiquity comes into play when one asks, “if the lead police officer in the case, had the day off…………. What would another police officer do in the same situation? My guess is some would have let the situation slide and some would have done what the original officers did. Whats the difference? For some……. No harm nor foul, for others……. zealousness as opposed to laziness….. and lastly there is the possibility of “perception” skewing the latitude to either side of the argument. We will never know, but until we demand business like kpi’s our govt. entities must perform under, we are all subject to either the overbearance of authority, or the absense of it, without an adequate understanding to really know what is the appropriate level of enforcement.

This is why you become involved in your communities folks….. Otherwise the opinions of a few invested folks hold sway on the how’s, why’s and which laws are created, reveiwed, modified, and enforced in your community.

MikeB

July 21st, 2011
10:35 pm

oops “amiguity” Stink at spelling :)

David B.

July 22nd, 2011
8:53 am

I don’t know if I’d call it a police state, but I would concur that it was a lack of common sense on the part of the police department involved.

Jim

July 22nd, 2011
11:51 am

The question is what the hell has happened to people the last 30 years for gods sake. Wake the hell up and have some balls for once people

Junior Samples

July 26th, 2011
11:55 am

welcome the obamer nation

it’s only going to get worse if the ‘anointed one’ gets his way