SAN FRANCISCO CRACKING DOWN ON UNLICENSED LEMONADE STANDS
July 26 2010
San Francisco, CA – The free market system has undoubtedly been the most successful financial system ever created. While there are certainly flaws, as witnessed by the recent mortgage meltdown, the core elements of the system remain an
undeniable success. In recent years more and more oversight has come into to the system, limiting the freedom, but the success of the United States economy, which currently stand at one quarter of the world’s economy, has proven that the free market can and does work, particularly for those who are able to play the system properly.
Perhaps the greatest success of the free market has been the rise of the small operator. American business history is replete with tales of small businesses that went onto massive success. Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Apple are just a few of the mega businesses that started with very humble beginnings and become corporate giants. The latter two are perhaps the best example of the success of the free market. While the Jobs, Wozniak, Gates, and Allen slaved away in their garages creating world changing technologies, there were no equivalents in the Soviet Union and never has been. Anyone with an idea, talent, persistence, and a whole lot of luck can make it the free market, provided they navigate the ins and outs properly, something many lemonade sellers across San Francisco haven’t been doing very well of late.
“How can you tell the ice cream carts to leave and then let some people sell other things? Just because they're kids they shouldn't get a free pass, you know?” said San Francisco Police spokesman Sergeant Troy Dangerfield. “We’ve been cracking down on other vendors throughout the city and we simply aren’t in a position to make judgements on who will obey the law and who will not. There is a reason behind the licensing system, primarily health concerns, and we aren’t going to bypass those rules for anyone, not even lemonade sellers.”
The most recent lemonade controversy came Sunday at an event in Dolores Park where dozens of illegal vendors were given the boot.
“This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of lemonade vendors being pushed out of their
territory, this is just the first time it’s been caught on film. The rules make sense, they totally make sense, but the law is designed to bend and there is a reason they are not bending on this particular issue and that needs to be made public,” said civil rights activist Michelle Opper. “The reality is they are picking and choosing where these rules are enforced but while they make a big deal about things like Mission Street they quietly shut down lemonade stands knowing that the vendors won’t or can’t speak up because they are kids. The real issue is that the San Francisco police department has a problem with anyone selling lemonade. Look throughout the city and you won’t see a single licensed lemonade stand and there’s a reason for that.”
Officially, permits are not granted to vendors selling food that can be purchased at an eatery within two blocks.
“They see no irony in shutting down lemonade stands when they themselves go home and drink lemonade. I know for a fact that Chief Gascon drinks lemonade regularly so it isn’t a problem with the drink, it’s a problem with something else,” continued Opper. “They are telling these kids that they are in the wrong business but they should be encouraging this type of innovation but instead are using their force to crack down on small businesses. In this economy, that is the real criminal act.”
The San Francisco police department has no officials plans for selling lemonade. The children affected reported that they had already sold the majority share in their stand to a conglomerate next door and will be pulling out of the lemonade business permanently.
Mike Michaels, American Correspondent