Oh. My. God.
The show should be called “Out-of-Control America”.
Ask John Stossel, I’m watching a show called “Illegal Everything” on Fox right now, and some of the crap required blows me away;
It made me want to try to jump through the legal hoops required to open a simple lemonade stand in New York City. Here’s some of what one has to do:
1)Register as sole proprietor with the County Clerk’s Office (must be done in person)
2)Apply to the IRS for an Employer Identification Number
3)Complete 15-hrFood Protection Course!
4)After the course, register for an exam that takes 1 hr. You must score 70% to pass. (Sample question: “What toxins are associated with the puffer fish?”) If you pass, allow 3-5 weeks for delivery of Food Protection Certificate.
5)Register for sales tax Certificate of Authority
6)Apply for a Temporary Food Service Establishment Permit. Must bring copies of the previous documents and completed forms to the Consumer Affairs Licensing Center.
Then, at least 21 days before opening your establishment, you must:
Arrange for an inspection with the Health Department’s Bureau of Food Safety and Community Sanitation. It takes about 3 weeks to get your appointment. If you pass, you can set up a business once you:
-Buy a portable fire extinguisher from a company certified by the FDNY and set up a contract for waste disposal.
We couldn’t finish the process. Had we been able to schedule our health inspection and open my stand legally, it would have taken us 65 days.
He goes beyond just lemonade, describing what the EPA did to destroy the lives of one family in Idaho who after obtaining the proper local permits built a house on land they owned. A drainage culvert was blocked downstream on their property, so the husband rented an excavator to unplug the downed trees and debris and allow the drain to function properly.
Oops, that blocked drain created a “wetland”, and by unblocking it, they were then criminals. Unbelievable.
The Pacific Legal Foundation took on their case, a heartbreaker;
- Stossel on Illegal Everything (cafehayek.com)
- Stossel tried to open a lemonade stand – in New York (trutherator.wordpress.com)
- EPA Tries To Sack Sackett Family’s Property Rights (gadabout-blogalot.com)