The Best Part is When the Young Girl Ignores the Cop and Buys the LemonadeAugust 22nd, 2011
Over the weekend some great liberty activist took on the rage of the state in DC as they set up their own lemonade stand to sell to tourists and passerbys, something that has been frowned upon and fined by law enforcement. The staged protest was less than threatening. About 7-10 activists attended, set up a nice stand with lemonade on ice, and began dispensing the refreshing, liberty-filled libation. The lemonade was sold for $.10 a cup and was immediately halted by DC law enforcement who kept asking for a permit.
If you noticed there was one part of the video where you can see 10 officers surrounding the lemonade stand. In case you aren’t picking up the point I’m trying to make I’ll be a bit more explicit: There are 10 officers to arrest less than 10 people for selling lemonade without a permit. Once again, less than 10 people are being put into handcuffs and placed into a paddy-wagon for selling lemonade without a permit. Selling products and food without a vending permit is illegal in a lot of places, but like we’ve said or implied before, some laws are meant to be broken. My favorite part as stated in the title is when the cop is telling the girl not to pay for her lemonade and that “if they wanted to give you some free, they’d give it to you for free.” I’m not a professional in reading facial expressions but she looked rather bothered by his persuasive tactics. She paid for her lemonade and went on her merry way.
This type of civil disobedience, with little to no effect on its participants, has been gaining traction in alternative media like YouTube and Reddit (where I see some great posts). I see a bright future for activism and a dark one for law enforcement who will eventually get sick of arresting people for silly reasons. I mean they want to get the “bad guys”…and a pay check. So keep the activism up and we’ll see that change that you are being in the world!