Somewhere in Illinois little Chloe WAS selling cup cakes. This sweet industrious little girl was doing the baking and selling because her mama said when you are old enough for a car, I will match what you have earned and saved.
So Chloe started, she was doing well, a reporter found out about it and printed a feel good story about this. Citizens loved it, we love to see kids who will do something other than video games with their spare time. Ahhhh but then some one in the local government got involved, the health department, she was shut down because she cannot use the home kitchen to bake goods ‘COMMERCIALLY’, there are a ton of rules you need to abide by young lady. Basically telling her go play games, BE NORMAL, there is plenty of time to be serious.
OR you can have a nice commercial kitchen built, if you have the zoning for it, then it will be alright as long as you hire an accountant and file the proper tax returns.
I am not completely ignorant, I know there are rules set in place to protect the public, but somewhere in this life there should be some common sense. This little girl is NOT going to set off a nation-wide recall due to an epidemic for heaven’s sake.
Remember the lemonade stands? I sold snowballs by cracking the ice with a hammer in a clean sock. I have known women who supported their families baking cakes by special order, without the personal ‘industry’ her family might have been on public assistance.
I have reprinted some comments from that article about Chloe, I always read comments:
This is a perfect example why businesses in America are so hard to start. There is a commercial that shows how Microsoft and many other businesses were started in garages. They were just lucky not to be caught by some code enforcement agency. To do things right you need big bucks behind you and in most cases that is not possible.
I want a Chloe cupcake! Does this mean that in Madison, Wisconsin there are no bake sales, or class parties at school, or sharing baked goods at work?? Odd. I understand there are rules, but Health Department officials must be very bored in that town. Ridiculous....
Why cupcakes? Why not something healthy anyway? I don't allow my children to eat lots of sweets as they are bad for your teeth, they make you over-weight, and sugar is bad for you. Since they have never eaten loads of sweets they don't miss them either or beg for them. Not to mention lots of children get hyper when they eat sugar. Just saying.
What about lemonade stands, or hot chocolate stands?
Whoever the official was that did this should be ashamed of themselves.....wonder if they felt important when they shut her down
khiggins... a nation of overclass and beaurocrats.. if it is truly remarkabel figure it out... it is supposed to be a 'fee society' those days are loooonnngg gone..
So what about all those school bake sales we used to have? We didn't have certified kitchens. I suppose it's for the best though. Just let one person get sick for any reason, and the next thing you know there's a lawsuit on your hands.
Or maybe they were the staff of the local Emergency Room who had to treat five cases of salmonella poisoning in the past month. Shame on those people who keep trying to prevent your children dying from food poisoning.
Everyone has a right to their opinion, what is yours?
There is some good in all comments, and then some are narrow minded, of course if they don’t agree with me ‘They are narrow minded’, Aren’t we all sorta like that?