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Kid busted for selling lemonade w/o permit

August 6, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A 7-year-old girl got busted by county health inspectors in Oregon for selling lemonade without a health permit. The girl set up her lemonade stand at a street fair in Portland last week. The fair has since ended, but reportedly there is no registration and any vendor can show up.

Witnesses said health inspectors asked the little girl for her permit and threatened her with a $500 fine.

When a county official heard about it, he called her to apologize.

"In these kinds of cases you have to exercise discretion and judgment, and I don't think a 7-year-old selling lemonade is the biggest public health threat that we're facing as a county," said Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen.

The county said it will still make sure that food at large public events is safe, but children selling lemonade will not be an issue again.


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