Police State: City Shuts Down Hot Dog Stand Boy Opened To Help Disabled Parents...

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    Such a big heart ole Big Brother has, huh?


    This summer, 13-year-old Nathan Duszynski wanted to make some money to help out his disabled parents—his mom has epilepsy and his dad has multiple sclerosis. So he decided to open a hot dog stand. He saved $1,200, mostly money made by mowing lawns and shoveling snow. He checked with the city to make sure he didn't need any licenses or permits, even going to city hall in person with his mom. And then he bought a cart. (Yep, that's hot dogs from Nathan's, for those who are keeping score at home.)

    He arrived to set up shop on his first day and 10 minutes later, a zoning official arrived to shut him down. The problem: The cart, which is in the parking lot of a sporting goods store, is on the edge of official downtown commercial district of Holland, Michigan. The city bans food carts in that area in order to minimize competition for the eight tax-paying restaurants a couple of blocks away.

    As it happens, I've been to Holland. It's a lovely town, but not exactly a booming metropolis. And frankly (ha!), after an evening of Blue Motorcycles Butch's Dry Dock, a hot dog would really have hit the spot. The city says it is willing to work with Nathan, but keeping food carts out of the small, walkable downtown area is pretty much the same thing as banning food carts altogether. Nathan and his family obviously know that: The hot dog cart is now for sale.

    The Mackinac Center has made a nice little video about the ridiculous story:

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MK9Hwtzu8U]City Shuts Down Teen's Hot Dog Vendor Cart! - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    This story was pretty sad..this is what happens with a overbearing Government..

    they can give and they can take it away..
     
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    i wished a diner would step up and associate with nathan
     
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    The excuse the City gave, was absolutely pathetic. This is exactly why Big Government needs to become much smaller.
     
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    Zoning laws are among the most unjust things about America but are entirely within libertarian beliefs as they are local in nature and made by local authorities.
     
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    How much smaller than government at the city level can government get. This is what you people want,

    weak state and federal governments, and the power in the hands of the local governments.
     
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    Thats absolutely ridiculous, now they are going after kids running hot dog stands and lemonade stands.:cuckoo:
     
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    Anyone want a fish market or massage parlor next door? Zoning laws exist for a reason. No matter how sympathetic one might be to the story, the fact remains other food trucks would soon follow it the minor were allowed to continue operation outside of the law.

    The fact that the link describes city workers willing to work with the minor isn't on the radar of the far left righties - those so far left they meet the far right on the idiot fringe of ideology.
     
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    All the kid has to do is move to an area where it is allowed

    Gotta protect small business don't we?
     
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