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As if Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe hasn't been given enough agita by the New York Post this summer as they breathe down his neck over delinquent lifeguards, now he has to answer why his officers are giving out $200 tickets to a 10-year-old girl selling lemonade at Riverside Park. 10-year-old Clementine Lee and her dad Richard set up a stand selling lemonade for fifty cents a cup yesterday afternoon when they had their run in with Parks officials. Richard Lee describes, "They approached us nonchalantly but then surrounded us. They were very hostile as soon as they approached, saying 'Whe
Ted woud've asked if there was any bourbon in it first.
More important, did you notice the image that accompanied the article, and the tag line beneath it? A bit much for a news site, no?
Originally posted by Oatmeal
Oh, they were not Policemen issuing the citation, they were "Park Officials" That is why I question whether they have the authority to hand out citations at all, let alone a ten year old girl.
If they had the pad to give out the citation, they must be authorized to do so. The park officials handle, among other things, central park, which is a rather large park with all kinds of activity inside. There's a small amusement park for kids, a carousel, a puppet theater, a place for concerts, a zoo, tons of street performers, tons of merchants selling ices, ice cream, drawings, jewelry and other such stuff so, yeah, they are always making sure these folks have the proper licenses.
The licenses are done for a reason. The silly citation over a lemonade stand is really more of an issue of the girl, and her father, not realizing that you cannot simply "set up shop" on a corner, like you can in smallville USA.
No more road work during heavily trafficked hours, no more jury duty for the folks who work. Free beer on Sundays.
I would like to see a trend start where governments everywhere appoint a commission or something to sit down and revue all the laws and regulations, decide what makes sense and throw the rest out.