Point/Counterpoint: Lemonade Stands

Overzealous law enforcement has been a controversial issue in this country recently, from Ferguson to Baltimore, and now to Overton, Texas.

It was there that police shut down the lemonade stand of sisters Andria and Zoey Evans, 8 and 7 years old. This has happened time and time again.

In a departure from our usual format, SCS has brought in an outside expert who wished to remain anonymous, but whose name rhymes with Tallman Slushie. This way both sides of this argument can be heard.

This is Point/Counterpoint.

Point: This is the law, and everyone must follow the law. These children did not have a permit to sell their lemonade, and were thus breaking the law. The police did not shut down their lemonade stand; they simply told them to go get the necessary permits.

Without laws, we have anarchy. And these girls learned a valuable lesson about following the law.

Counterpoint: Sometimes we have to pragmatic instead of dogmatic, follow the spirit of the law rather than the letter of the law. These were entrepreneurial girls, trying to raise money to get their father a sweet Father’s Day gift. And once they were informed of the issue, they tried to go to city hall to get the necessary permits. Of course, they were quickly drowning in bureaucratic red tape and couldn’t get it resolved.

Once they realized the futility of fighting the system, they stopped selling lemonade and started asking for donations. It worked. And the water park they wanted to take their dad to gave them tickets once word of this story leaked out.

Think about the lesson we’re sending to these kids: stop trying to own your own business and instead become moochers, begging for handouts, because that’s the only way to get results. This is how our economy and these precious lives are ruined.

Look at how ruined they are!

Look at how ruined they are!

Point: You know what is ruined by their slapdash efforts to raise money to have their dad sit in a lazy river filled with other people’s pee? Their customers’ health!

These are little kids. They are germ factories. How sanitary do you think their operation is? What are the chances they are getting the water for their lemonade from puddles or the toilet? Let’s leave those efforts in California where they belong.

Plus, they probably didn’t add enough sugar or flavoring and are selling disgusting, watered-down pee drink. This is what happens without regulations. Are they even on Yelp?

Counterpoint: The issue isn’t about the quality of their beverage. And if anything, it’d be way too sugary–that’s how kids like it. They’d probably just dump an entire bag of sugar in there, toss in an unsqueezed lemon, and call it a day. Or if they had enough lemons it’d be full of seeds as well.

What we can both agree their lemonade didn't look like.

What we can both agree their lemonade didn’t look like.

The point is that the regulations are there to protect consumers from shady fly-by-night organizations, but in this case the consumer knows exactly what they’re getting into. They’re at a lemonade stand run by kids, offering up spare change for sugar water that will send them into diabetic shock. End of story. There’s no one here who needs protecting. Instead, we have to give them a chance to learn valuable business skills that they can take with them in the future to help keep the economy strong, so we can stick it to the Chinese.

Point: I agree that if we can send the toilet-lemonade to the Chinese, we will prosper because they will all start suffering from the effects of E. coli.

Counterpoint: Can we stop for a second and marvel that this happened in Texas, where the idea of the government having regulations on business is stupefying? I suppose this happened because Big Lemonade was scared of their business being threatened by these two little girls?

Point: I guess we should just be happy they weren’t executed for their crimes.

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