Health Inspector Shuts Down Children's Lemonade Stand

Victoria Kezra
Health inspectors briefly shut down children's lemonade stand, but reopen when they found out children don't need permits.

People sometimes criticize excessive government involvement by calling it part of a "nanny state." Usually those people don't mean that literally. 

A group of children running a lemonade stand in McHenry County, Illinois  felt the full brunt of the law last week when a health inspector from the county shut down their lucrative lemonade stand. The inspector told the girls that their stand needed a canopy, a hand washing station and a permit to sell beverages, according to ABC News. This is actually one of two children's lemonade stands to be shut down this week, the other being in Texas with children who wanted to raise money for father's day. 

Lemonade Stand

The stand, or Lemonade Brigade as it is called, is staffed by girls ages 8 to 12 and raised $30,000 for children's charities since it opened for business last August. 

"I was kind of scared, I thought that we were breaking laws," said Samantha Parish of the Lemonade Brigade. 

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A spokesperson for the health department said that the order was given by a new health inspector. It was reversed after 20 minutes when the inspector was told that the stand did not need a permit because it was run entirely by children. 

Even though small shut-down cost the Lemonade Brigade 20 minutes of prime refreshment selling time, it may have actually been a good thing. The exposure from the health inspector screw-up has given their refreshing and good cause more exposure. 

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