Thursday, August 05, 2010

We're from the government and we're here to help

In my head, I'm imagining two guys in suits and dark sunglasses overturning her card table, dumping out her pitcher, and stomping on all her extra lemons:
Multnomah County's top elected official apologized Thursday for health inspectors who forced a 7-year-old girl to shut down her stand last week because she didn't have a food-safety permit.

Chairman Jeff Cogen also said he has directed county health department workers to use "professional discretion" in doing their jobs.

Inspectors told Julie Murphy and her mother, Maria Fife, to stop selling lemonade at the monthly Last Thursday arts festival in Northeast Portland last week. State law technically requires that even lemonade stands have temporary restaurant licenses, which cost $120 for one day.
They also cited her for writing one of the "E's" in the word "Lemonade" on her sign backwards.

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