A burgeoning fruit and veggie empire threatens law and order in Clayton, California:
Eleven-year-old Katie and three-year-old Sabrina Lewis have been selling spare melons, radishes, and of course, zucchini from their family garden at a roadside stand on Saturday mornings. Recently, the cops showed up to bust them.
"They said traffic was being stopped and then they came up with we can't have a roadside stand and then they said it was a commercial enterprise," said Katie Lewis.
Hilariously, the mayor defends the decision to shut down this tiny lesson in capitalism, preferring to make it a tiny lesson in bureaucracy instead. His defense:
"They may start out with a little card-table and selling a couple of things, but then who is to say what else they have. Is all the produce made there, do they grow it themselves? Are they going to have eggs and chickens for sale next," said Clayton Mayor Gregg Manning.
The mayor later called the girls and their father "self-centered."
For those who were in elementary school in the 1980s, you can now relive the pixelated glory that was the Lemonade Stand computer game, which encouraged this kind of abominable, self-centered capitalist behavior in school kids. And in the name of learning math, no less. Go ahead, download Lemonade Stand and play a round as a gesture of solidarity with the Lewis girls. You know you want to.
Thanks John Schwenkler!