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‘The Rules Are The Rules’: Government
shuts down 11-year-old’s cupcake business

Daily Caller, by Breanna Deutsch

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Posted By:StormCnter, 1/30/2014 6:04:23 AM

The government has pulled the plug on an 11-year-old Illinois baker’s oven. 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

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: JLoophole, 1/30/2014 6:29:30 AM     (No. 9711146)

Unless it´s the Constitution and you´re Obama.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: perfectsense, 1/30/2014 6:32:14 AM     (No. 9711149)

Achtung! It is the state´s duty to smash individuals trying to become self-sufficient. Report to the re-education camp immediately.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: uno, 1/30/2014 7:03:47 AM     (No. 9711172)

Isn´t that amazing! Why it could take weeks or months to get a permit from these over-paid city worker buffoons, yet give them a whiff of success or somebody doing something good and they´re there Johnny-on-the-spot, Lickety-Split like Speedy Gonzales shouting Arriba! Arriba! to shut them down in a heartbeat all in the name of public safety!
As Foghorn Leghorn would say: Why, I say, the New York Minute just got longer!
Now how fast do you think you can get a Hazmat team on site if you break a curly CFL bulb...
Don´t hold yer breath!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Kitty Myers, 1/30/2014 7:08:34 AM     (No. 9711178)

Remember when kids´ lemonade stands were being shut down? It happened in Georgia where 3 girls were trying to raise money for a trip to a water park. The cops shut them down.

The girls needed a business license, peddler´s permit and food permit to operate, even on residential property.
The permits cost $50 a day or $180 per year.


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Reply 5 - Posted by: MOBeef4u, 1/30/2014 7:27:38 AM     (No. 9711191)

This sounds like quite a bit more than a lemonade stand. If it weren´t an 11-year-old no one would have a problem with expecting compliance with health department regs. All entrepreneurs soon learn about what rules apply to their particular businesses. Where food is involved the rules tend to be pretty strict.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Kitty Myers, 1/30/2014 7:32:47 AM     (No. 9711195)

#5 Would you expect bake sales to comply with the same strict regs?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: MamaElephant, 1/30/2014 7:44:14 AM     (No. 9711213)

Chloe, honey, just tell them you´re here illegally, and they´ll get off your back. It´s the phrase that pays.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Balogreene, 1/30/2014 8:10:10 AM     (No. 9711243)

People who buy from a "bakery" expect a certain level of cleanliness, and freshness of ingredients. I expect less at a bake-sale. I baked really well at 11, but I didn´t wear hairnets, the dogs and cats were in the kitchen, we licked the spoons, and didn´t have a sanitizing dishwasher, and I´m sure there is more.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 1/30/2014 8:42:32 AM     (No. 9711291)

nearly 20 years ago I wanted to bake pound cakes to sell at a farmers market in CA. I was advised at that time that the requirement was to have a professional kitchen authorized by the health dept. Alternative was to bake the cakes in another kitchen, such as a school. There are work arounds available, if she or her mom choose to pursue them...

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Reply 10 - Posted by: privateer, 1/30/2014 8:58:05 AM     (No. 9711314)

Dear Chloe, Now is the time to start your NEW enterprise: the Young Conservative Future Small Business Owners´ Club. If they shut that down, you become a Political Issue, along the lines of "FREE CHLOE!" If you can´t fight City Hall, at least make them sorry the messed with you.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: lifelonghuman, 1/30/2014 8:59:48 AM     (No. 9711322)

Seems like half of the people responding here fear for their lives from any home-baked goods. This is a country of paranoids. Killer Kitchen Kupcakes !! Now go sanitize your hands before you touch the keyboard again.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: jimK1, 1/30/2014 9:15:13 AM     (No. 9711359)

We need to shrink government at all levels. Funny how all of us older types survived unlicensed lemonade stands and home baked cookies, we didn´t wear bicycle helmets and we could decide if we wanted to wear a seat belt or not. We had control of our lives and lived with the decisions we made (or not), Big Brother has got to go.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Kendet1946, 1/30/2014 9:17:47 AM     (No. 9711364)

One time, a charming 12-year-old from next door offered me some home-baked cookies. I noticed dog hair from her lovable collie in some of them. I graciously thanked her and took the cookies home and discreetly discarded them. The next day when she asked me how´d I liked them, I said, "they were good, thank you"

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Reply 14 - Posted by: earlybird, 1/30/2014 9:24:22 AM     (No. 9711383)

Sorry to those who brand you a weirdo freak if you won´t eat anonymous home baking, but I won´t. And that includes bake sales I have seen kitchens that gave me the willies and too many otherwise nice cooks who were careless with food.

If we really stop and think about it the rules for food safety are there to protect us.

I agree with the poster who said she can find a workaround. They have kitchens here that can be rented.

And I don´t use hand sanitizer.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Doctor P, 1/30/2014 9:26:35 AM     (No. 9711391)

Time to change the rules and especially those who make the rules

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Emerson, 1/30/2014 9:31:56 AM     (No. 9711402)

If they break the rule for sweet Chloe they must then break it for everyone. EVERYONE.

If you need help with this, put dear Chloe aside and envision the general hygiene in a crowd of people.

Sit quietly and think about that one for a moment.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: horacer, 1/30/2014 9:33:52 AM     (No. 9711405)

I agree with those who raise safety concerns. However, government should be more entrepreneur friendly, especially young ones. Instead of using codes as a hammer to stop budding capitalists how about a little assistance finding the right outlets and tools for them.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Tanker76, 1/30/2014 9:43:06 AM     (No. 9711418)

#18 nails it - use the rules to assist not to quash.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: philsner, 1/30/2014 9:46:50 AM     (No. 9711429)

Expecting a separate kitchen assumes we will all get sick from the home kitchen. It´s stupid. It is cleanliness, not facilities that are important.
The rules created by unelected bureaucrats are simply a means for government to get bigger and control our every action. The consumer should decide what is appropriate, not government morons out to justify their own existence.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: linkay6, 1/30/2014 10:04:24 AM     (No. 9711460)

Could she GIVE them away, and accept DONATIONS?

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Reply 21 - Posted by: chefrandy, 1/30/2014 10:50:17 AM     (No. 9711554)

As a lifelong food service professional, it is for the protection of the public that these rules are in place. This isn´t about bakesales as some have noted. For profit food service is subject to RULES. Commercial kitchen-which has many regulations much different than your home kitchen, food service sanitation license by someone in the facility, county or local health department inspections several times annually, liability insurance,business licenses, etc. etc. etc. Them´s the rules, don´t have to like them but you DO have to follow them. As another poster noted, if you allow this, it opens pandora´s box to any would be baker/cook to sell out of their house without regulation.

Diatribe aside, she should be able to find a small restaurant/commercial kitchen that doesn´t compete in cupcake sales that will rent her time and space for a reasonable amount so she can further her efforts.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: mickturn, 1/30/2014 11:48:12 AM     (No. 9711682)

Meanwhile, terrorists cross our borders at will...

Time to get rid of both problems...the bureaucrats that refuse to DO THEIR JOBS and Terrorists of all stripes.

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