Lemons Out of Lemonade
If you have lemons, make lemonade.
In this case, though, the lemonade was already made and an obnoxious neighbor was eager to make lemons out of it. This local story quickly went national.
Little six-year-old girl has a lemonade stand out in Naples, Florida. Neighbor turns in the kid for operating a “temporary commercial business” without a license. Cops say, “Normally we don’t get involved in it but once we receive a formal complaint we have to take action.”
Oh brother. And city officials imply that a permit for selling lemonade in front of your house is indeed necessary when they “generously” offer one for free to the little girl. Double oh brother.
This business about a supposedly illegal lemonade business shows once again how we need to have police officers watch “The Andy Griffith Show” as part of their training. I’m quite certain Sheriff Andy Taylor of Mayberry would have quit his job before enforcing something so clearly against Common Sense.
Folks, if this kind of thing goes on, what it means, basically, is that anyone who wants to harass anyone else need merely find some ordinance that the person being harassed has possibly violated. Then phone in a tip to cops or bureaucrats, who will feel they “have to act.” Since there are umpteen laws on the books, many of which contradict each other, shouldn’t be too hard for all of us to turn each other in.
What I could use right now is a nice cool glass of lemonade. I hope that doesn’t make me a co-conspirator.