Two policemen in Overton, Texas are hereby nominated for the "Dumb as a Stump" Award, for people in public doing the dumbest things. The "code enforcement officer" and the police chief, working together, became even dumber than either one individually, though it was a close-run thing.
In this case, they shut down a lemonade stand being run by 2 girls, ages 7 and 8. Their offence? Health code violations, of course: potential spoilage in the sun requires special handling, you know.
I am guessing that at least one of these two officials don't have kids. Both of them are completely caught up in progressive-think. (Which, for the uninitiated, is darn near what the rest of us call "not think".) They have never heard of - just to pick one out of thin air - defusing a "situation" with some simple talking to a parent. Ya know, maybe put the jug in some ice? They can't imagine a fix other than full-blown catastrophic imposition of officialdom: "that's the law, ma'am. Just doing our job. Take it to your legislator." And then, because there is nothing to their jobs other than "code enforcement", they have achieved their purpose even though the kids were out with lemonade a couple days later - GIVING it away, which apparently is not a code violation.
Naturally, the city officials doubled down on the original mess, backing up the policeman and making it "official."
So, thank you, police chief Clyde Carter and your colleague, you have given us a sterling example of 2 officials being as DUMB AS A STUMP. I don't suppose you even considered that cities all across America have similar health laws. And that cities all across America have kids trying to earn some money selling lemonade, kool-aid, etc. And that in cities all across America kids don't get shut down by city officials. I don't suppose that occurred to you? No, that's not good enough. You have to convince these kids, by direct proof, that police in America are not here for the good of the people, but to "enforce the codes" no matter how dumb that is in any given situation.
Thanks for nothin', Overton.