It took Brendan Mulvaney only seven years of life to run afoul of New York state regulators.
Vendors at the Saratoga County Fair were none too happy with a nearby second grader who was charging 75 cents for lemonade last weekend (compared to their $7 dollars), and it wasn’t long before health inspectors were involved.
“We have zero interest in creating conflict with a family, and certainly not a cute little kid,” Department of Health spokesman Gary Holmes told the Albany Times Union on Monday. “It’s not about big government overreach; it’s about ensuring safe conditions.”
The Mulvaney family told reporters that their son has operated the stand for three years without a problem.
Regulators said a permit will cost $30 per year.
Sean Mulvaney, the boy’s father, blasted conflicting messages sent by officials.
“Yesterday, they issue an apology and today I need a permit,” he told the newspaper.
“When I was a kid, state bureaucrats didn’t go around shutting down lemonade stands and threatening children and families with fines,” state Senator James Tedisco, a Republican, said Sunday after the story broke. “These kids are trying to give people sweet lemonade and learn some important business skills but the overzealous state bureaucrats in the administration just keep giving taxpayers lemons.”
The family said they are willing to pay for their son’s permit.