ILLINOIS–Lot’s of children sell things like cupcakes, and lemonade when they’re young. Most of us think it’s pretty good to see some kid out there selling cupcakes and lemonade, opposed to selling things like drugs. It’s nice to see kids out there doing something good, and it even gets them out of the house, away from their electronics. It sounds like a win-win situation. The majority of us would praise a kid for doing something like that. It might even bring back some memories to some older individuals, of their childhood days.
But, as we’ve seen many times in the past, various municipalities and governments find just about any reason to shut down children who dare do something good. Most of the cases I’ve heard pertain to these kids failing to have a business license. But this case is just as ridiculous.
Chloe Stirling was operating a cupcake business in Illinois. Keep in mind, she’s only 11. It was starting to gain some ground, and from what I understand, she operated this at home, along with her mother. Her little business was featured on the front page of a local website. You’d think this would have been a good thing for her, except, it got her shut down.
Shortly after her story was posted to the front page of a local website, the Health department showed up, telling her that she did not have the proper permits, and was in violation of state food sanitation code. They also claimed she needed a licensed kitchen.
Now, let’s think about this for a minute. Kid’s can’t even sell cupcakes anymore? What about schools that have bake sales, what about churches? Who’s going to shut them down? Come on people! These people must have their priorities backwards or something, because an 11 year old girl selling cupcakes doesn’t sound like such a bad thing. Why not go after something a little more important, like a restaurant? I’m sure they could find something much worse at some local restaurant, other than failing to have the proper permits.
What ever happened to “letting kids be kids?” Today, it seems we impose stupid laws on kids. Why not praise them for doing such a thing. At least they aren’t out somewhere doing and selling drugs. So what if they don’t have the permit? If she was running a full fledged restaurant, I could understand, but this wasn’t too big. Was she really harming anyone? I’d say leave her alone, and let her sell the cupcakes.
What an awful thing to do to a kid. These people must be quite bored to go after an 11 year old girl. I understand they were just doing their jobs (right to the book), but can’t these people bend the rules a little, especially when it comes to something like this? She’s a kid, not some adult operating a bakery or restaurant. It’s stories like this that make me ask “what happened to this world?”
I know some people might say, well those are just the rules, and these people were just keeping us safe. There’s keeping us safe, and then there’s going too far. Those who decided to purchase this child’s cookies knew what they were purchasing. They knew they weren’t from a big box store; instead they were home made. They knew. The way I see it, she wasn’t a concern to anyone. Like I said, if these health inspectors want something to do, find a restaurant, or bakery somewhere and do a random inspection. I’m sure they’ll find something, somewhere. My only advice would be, don’t bother children with something this stupid. Buy a cupcake, and enjoy it.