California Shuts Down Little Girl's Veggie Stand

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.

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HappyCat - August 26, 2008 7:57 PM

Someone complained???????????? What a Scrooge!

Unless it's a traffic hazard who cares?

Monty - August 28, 2008 11:57 AM

Evidently this veggie stand was not part of the State Collective, so it became an Economic Crime Against The Socialist State, and had to be liquidated. Free Enterprise is only for the Party Apparatchiki, not for a child's veggie stand.

Foodaroo - August 28, 2008 11:05 PM

Clayton, Calif. is a "laid back" community, so I'm surprised this incident even occurred. I just hope the little girl doesn't think she has done anything wrong. We live in a world with too many "big bad wolves".

MANNY - February 4, 2011 11:57 PM

The reason why it was shut down because we are no longer able to eat home grown organic veggies and instead to get used to eat chemically grown vegetables "Monsanto". So that we may seek doctor's for our sickness ($$$) and die for our unhealthy stability ($$$)

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