The Battle Against Lemonade Stand Crackdowns

By The Atlantic Wire

The Atlantic Wire's Alexander Abad-Santos reports on Robert Fernandes's efforts to keep America's lemonade-stand traditions safe from government interventions:

Fernandes created Lemonade Freedom Day after news reports of officials shutting down children's lemonade stands across the country started to multiply. "Most people remember growing up and having lemonade stands," Fernandes said in a Daily Caller report. "It's important to kids because it teaches them how to come up with an idea and see it through. These kids are learning how to run a small business. I think by telling them they can't do that, you're shutting down their dreams." Stories like police in Coralville, Iowa shutting down 4-year-old Abigail Krutsinger's 25-cent a pop stand for health reasons and officials threatening a $500 fine on 7-year-old Julie Murphy's 50-cent per cup operation in Multnomah County, Oregon for not having a $120 temporary restaurant license, (upon further review, officials apologized to Murphy) sparked Fernandes' activism.

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