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‘THE RULES ARE THE RULES’: Government shuts down 11-year-old’s cupcake business

•, Breanna Deutsch
A day after a local newspaper ran a story about the young and ambitious Chloe Stirling, who operated a cupcake business out of her parents’ kitchen, the local health department came calling.
“They called and said they were shutting us down,” Heather Stirling, Chloe’s mother, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Officials told Stirling Chloe could continue selling cupcakes on the condition that the family “buy a bakery or build her a kitchen separate from the one we have.”
“Obviously, we can’t do that,” Heather Stirling told reporters. “We’ve already given her a little refrigerator to keep her things in, and her grandparents bought her a stand mixer.”
The elder Stirling said that she was willing to get her daughter any necessary licenses or permits to operate a business, but could not meet the health department’s other demands.


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Comment by Tyger Gilbert
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Sometimes getting really good PR exposure on the local television station just lets the government know about you and gives them an excuse to find a reason to shut you down by saying you aren't playing the game by their rules. Logically, this would indicate a small business should look for ways to get customers that do not expose the owners to the oppressive rules of an irrational government. Common sense would tell people that a kid selling cupcakes in the neighborhood isn't complying with strict health regulations, and a free society would allow the customer to make their own decisions about whether to take the risk that something in the kid's cupcakes might kill them or make them sick. But, then we aren't living in a free society, are we? This is another case of government bureaucrats running amok and causing more harm than they do good. How can the kid ever have a good opinion of the government after this stupid stunt?

A quote from Henry David Thoreau, expressing his opinion of government bureaucrats running amok:

"One afternoon, near the end of the first summer, when I went to the village to get a shoe from the cobbler's, I was seized and put into jail, because, as I have elsewhere related, I did not pay a tax to, or recognize the authority of, the State which buys and sells men, women, and children, like cattle, at the door of its senate-house. I had gone down to the woods for other purposes. But, wherever a man goes, men will pursue and paw him with their dirty institutions, and, if they can, constrain him to belong to their desperate odd-fellow society. It is true, I might have resisted forcibly with more or less effect, might have run "amok" against society; but I preferred that society should run "amok" against me, it being the desperate party. However, I was released the next day, obtained my mended shoe, and returned to the woods in season to get my dinner of huckleberries on Fair Haven Hill."

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