Thursday, January 8, 2015

Australia: Girl's Lemonade Stand Shut Down Because Health and Safety

Sorry, if an 11 year old girl is not free to sell lemonade to make money for Christmas presents, then you are not free at all.

This is a shameful, shameful story out of Australia.

Thanks to the Australian reader who sent it in.

"An 11-year-old girl's cupcake and lemonade stand has been shut down by Bunbury city council officers over health and safety concerns."

"Chelsea-lee Downes had set up a roadside stall in the South-West city, selling homemade lemonade, cupcakes and lemon meringue pie."

"Her step-mother Marissa said Chelsea-lee was simply trying to make some money before Christmas."

This Upton woman and her tyrannical, busy-body staff should be FIRED:

"...Chelsea-lee was devastated when council staff shut the stall down before it had even opened.

"The council was alerted after the Ruderforths promoted the stall on social media several days before it was set up."

"A member of the public then reported the stall to the council." (What kind of asshole does this??!)

"Environmental health manager Sarah Upton said when staff arrived to shut it down, Chelsea had not even finished setting up."

"The city actually received a complaint about the type of food products that she was using, and also where she was set up was unsafe for people to pull over," Ms Upton said."

Here's the total bullshit part:

"The city applauds her efforts in trying to be entrepreneurial, but it is important to seek professional advice in relation to legal requirements."

"Custard and cream are very high risk products. Those products cannot be manufactured at home for sale."

(Really?!??! How insane.) 

Hey Australia, you know what are even "HIGHER RISK" things that you should be worried about?