Instead of selling lemonade, 11-year old Katie Lewis has been selling organic homegrown fruits and veggies from a roadside stand in Clayton, California. That was until municipal zoning laws shut her down. Martha Neil of the ABA Journal reports:
Two residents complained, he says, and "I find that for every person who calls you or writes a letter, there are 100 that feel the same."
Opinion is divided about the municipality's no-exceptions enforcement, according to the network. Some feel a rule is a rule. But others, including the girl's father, Mike Lewis, wonder why Clayton officials can't find a way to make an exception. (Officials say the family is welcome to make a formal application for a zoning variance.)
The veggie stand is much like the lemonade stand that many children traditionally have operated at some point in their lives, Mike Lewis says.
"But Mayor Gregory Manning said those, too, are illegal in Clayton, though officials typically don't pay much attention because they don't last more than a day or two," ABC reports.
Okay, I’m a law-abiding citizen, but give me a break! She’s a little girl, selling fruits and veggies. Who cares! Honestly, I find this far less offensive than parents hocking their kid’s fundraising chocolate bars.
Show Katie some support and leave Mayor Manning a voicemail: Clayton City Council.