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    Tulare put squeeze on girl's lemonade stand - Local - fresnobee.com



    Eight-year-old Daniela Earnest has made lemonade out of lemons in more ways than one this week.
    Hoping to raise money for a family trip to Disneyland, the Tulare girl opened a lemonade stand Monday. But because Daniela didn't have a business license, the city of Tulare shut it down the same day.
    From that came a radio station's offer of Disneyland tickets to Daniela's family -- in exchange for 30 cups of lemonade -- and an appearance in front of the Tulare City Council on Tuesday night that will likely lead to a compromise allowing her lemonade stand and other pint-sized business ventures to operate legally.
    The story began Monday morning when Daniela and her stepmother, Marisa Earnest, set up shop at Cartmill Avenue and Hillman Street in north Tulare. The lemonade was freshly squeezed and priced at $2 for a 32-ounce plastic cup.
    Richard Garcia, a Tulare code enforcement officer, happened to be at the same intersection to remove illegal signs left behind by someone selling tetherball poles.
    Garcia told Daniela and her stepmother that their lemonade stand -- on the northwest corner of the busy intersection -- was not safe, and also that they needed a business license to sell lemonade.
    He helped the pair load their ice chest and equipment into their car and then called city planners to find out where they could relocate.
    "He wasn't out there on lemonade patrol," said Frank Furtaw, Tulare's code enforcement manager. Garcia was merely applying the city's code enforcement laws equitably, Furtaw said.
    Tulare officials said they cannot recall ever shutting down a lemonade stand before this week. But it's not altogether uncommon. Authorities across the nation have done the same. And in Fresno, a Huntington Boulevard shaved ice machine run by a resident mostly so neighborhood kids could get a sno-cone on hot days was shut down by a Fresno code enforcer in June 2008.
    Ed Earnest, Daniela's father, said Garcia got "a bad rap" from critics about his enforcement actions. "He was just doing his job," Earnest said.
    Nonetheless, news that the city had put the squeeze on a young girl's lemonade stand prompted public outcry.
    The story was the hot topic on Q97 (KSEQ, FM 97.1) disc jockey Davey D's program Tuesday.
    Davey D, whose real name is David Hickman, and the Visalia radio station decided to offer four two-day passes to Disneyland and California Adventure to the Earnest family.
    "All I did was follow my heart," Hickman said. "It was a no-brainer."
    Vice Mayor Philip Vandegrift said a compromise -- possibly asking lemonade stand operators to pay a nominal fee or establishing a license fee waiver for children under a certain age -- could be the outcome of Daniela's experience.
    However, the city needs to enforce vendor laws, Vandegrift said, "otherwise we'll have people on every corner."
    But Vandegrift doesn't want to take away lemonade stands from children. For many, it represents their first opportunity to flex their entrepreneurial muscles.
    "I had many a lemonade stand as a kid right in front of my home," he said.
    Daniela found the situation "pretty weird" but said it hasn't soured her on reopening her lemonade stand.
    Ed Earnest said he plans to make the lemonade stand a family tradition. "It's a good way to teach kids to work for something," he said.
    For now, Daniela is looking forward to going to Disneyland this weekend and riding her favorite attractions -- including the Mad Tea Party teacups ride.
    "I feel pretty happy," she said. "You feel like you've accomplished something with the lemonade stand and then we get to go to someplace that's real fun."

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    I just can't believe this cop and everyone else involved in this have nothing better to do than to go around shutting down lemonade stands. There are more important things to do than this.

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    When I was a kid, my very first job was selling a cup of lemonade for five-cents. Times have changed.
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    Hmm, well if it was on a busy and dangerous street corner, I can see why the cop might do this. Cute kids selling lemonade in their neighborhood is one thing...kids on the roadside of busy intersections is another
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    i can see them asking the girl to move her stand to a safer location, but to shut her down is downright wrong. that's part of childhood. kudos to the DJ for getting the tickets to the family. its good to know there are some people like that out there today.

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    The story says that the cop radioed to find a safer location for the lemonade stand.

    I think this is just supposed to be good PR for the radio station, which probably did a press release on this situation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shinola View Post
    The story says that the cop radioed to find a safer location for the lemonade stand.

    yeah but he still had the city put the kabosh on her.


    I think this is just supposed to be good PR for the radio station, which probably did a press release on this situation.
    the guy said he had to follow his heart. he could be a dad that is a softie and they have the power make those kind of things happen for people. and he used it well.

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    Tulare is such a hole.
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    not familiar with the place.

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    Good, I fucking hate lemonade stands.
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