Health Dept. shuts down 11-year old’s cupcake biz

Health Dept. shuts down 11-year old’s cupcake biz

If there was ever a stark reminder of our over-abundant government, the story of 11-year old Chloe Stirling who ran a mini cupcake business in Troy, Ill. has been shut down by callous bureaucrats.

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Chloe Stirling is a young entrepreneur, and embodies the American spirit. She  has been running her business, Hey, Cupcake!, out of her parents’ kitchen. She brings in about $200 a month baking cupcakes for family, friends, and social events. Chloe sells her beautifully decorated cupcakes for $10 a dozen, and $2 for each specialty cupcake. Chloe even donated cupcakes when a boy in her school fighting cancer held a fundraiser.

After a local story about Chloe ran in BND.com, Health officials in Madison Co., Illinois descended on the sixth grader’s home. If Chloe Stirling wants to continue selling cupcakes, Health Department officials told her she will need to buy a bakery or build a separate kitchen in the family home.

“Working out of her family’s kitchen, the sixth-grader at Triad Middle School is busy almost every week with her business, Hey, Cupcake!” BND.com reported. “She lost count of how many cakes and cupcakes she has created, but it’s been hundreds. Considering she also runs her own pet-sitting business, ‘No Bones About It,’ with about a dozen year-round clients, and plays soccer, Chloe has a full schedule.”

But because she sells the cupcakes, health department spokeswoman Amy Yeager said she needs a permit, KMOV St. Louis reported. Yeager said by not having a permit, Chloe Stirling violates the county’s food ordinance and Illinois State Food Sanitation Code.

It’s obvious regulators like Amy Yeager have nothing better to do than protect the citizens of Troy, Illinois from Chloe Stirling’s dangerous cupcakes.

And that is the problem: as government expands, it hires more regulators who end up looking for busy work, and ways to generate revenue.

Evidence of this are the numerous stories of health department and police officials across the country shutting down dangerous lemonade stands run by 7-year olds:

In Oregon, Multnomah County health inspectors threatened to fine a 7-year-old for opening a lemonade stand in 2010 at a local arts fair without a license.

Georgia police shut down a lemonade stand run by three girls in 2011, saying they didn’t have a business license or the required permits.

Hoping to raise money for a family trip to Disneyland, a Tulare girl opened a lemonade stand in 2009. But because she didn’t have a business license, the city of Tulare shut it down the same day.

In 2011, in Hazelwood, Missouri two young girls scouts were permanently banned from selling girl scout cookies in the front yard of their own home.  A neighbor ratted them out and the police moved in swiftly to shut them down.

A lemonade stand run by kids in Maryland raising money for a pediatric cancer charity was shut down. Authorities originally slapped a $500 fine on their parents until public pressure from the many news stories forced them to rescind the fine.

Ridiculous government health inspectors and police prompted Robert Fernandes to challenge Philadelphia police when he set up a lemonade stand on Lemonade Freedom Day. His website says, Selling Lemonade is not a crime.”

In a bygone era, if young kids wanted to earn some money, they would set up a stand in front of their home, and sell lemonade, Kool-aid or even homemade cookies. For many children, this was their first opportunity to make and handle money.

Even though Chloe Stirling’s parents are considering building a second kitchen in their basement so she can continue baking, Chloe has more visits from health inspectors ahead of her in the heavily regulated, and dangerous cupcake business.

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  1. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 30 January, 2014, 08:12

    Poodle…..have they hit your snow cone business in Adelanto?

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    • Rex the Wonder Dog!
      Rex the Wonder Dog! 30 January, 2014, 13:39

      Poodle…..have they hit your snow cone business in Adelanto?
      Snow cones weren’t moving, I switched the stand over to popcorn and hotdogs….. 😉

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  2. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 30 January, 2014, 09:10

    Chloe selected the wrong food type. Cupcakes are not a protected food class. Neither is lemonade. That’s so 1960’s. If Illinois is anything like California Chloe needs to buy a wheeled food cart, fill it full of hot taquitos and menudo, and market that to her neighbors. A local lady has been doing this 3-4x’s a week in the neighborhood FOR YEARS! She NEVER gets hassled by the authorities. I’ve seen cop cars drive right past her. Chloe just needs to figure out how to adapt to our new American culture. How to maneuver in a society that promotes 2 different sets of laws and succeed. Social adaptation is the key to becoming a successful entrepreneur in America today. Social Darwinism. When discussing the ‘birds and the bees’ with their children all parents should include Social Darwinism in the talk. It’s becoming more and more important for survival in the the Land of the Free.

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  3. Donkey
    Donkey 30 January, 2014, 15:33

    The RAGWUS feeders see youngsters as a threat if they are not paying the fees put upon adults.

    LIC you are correct, there are two sets of law, one for the RAGWUS feeders and their illegal alien followers, and one for the private sector citizens. 🙂

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  4. bob
    bob 30 January, 2014, 17:25

    Well look on the bright side. At least the thugs didn’t send in a SWAT team and shoot her. Every week SWAT teams are shooting inocent people.

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 30 January, 2014, 18:12

      Yeah, but I’m surprised that they didn’t at least shoot her dog. Maybe they used all their OT or comp time for the month and just wanted to wrap it up and go home.

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  5. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 30 January, 2014, 21:40

    This sounds like little chloe was more of a front for her moms illegal baking business. Little chloe,errr, I mean her mom was baking hundreds of cupcakes and selling them for money making a profit. Last I checked there are laws in place protecting people from diseases and viruses caused by contaminated foods etc.Also,200 plus dollars a month profit, was she paying taxes? This is nothing more than an illegal business being shut down, dont make it more of a story than that.

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 30 January, 2014, 22:15

      Wow. You’ve got some nerve.

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 1 February, 2014, 08:21

      Ntheoc, the last you checked has been a very long time my friend. The laws of your city, county, state, and nation have only been used to attack citizens and their children. We have illegals walking the streets selling bathtub made food all over this state, oh I get it, they’re a part of your left feeding RAGWUS agenda. You my friend are a phony as a Federal printed dollar. 🙂

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  6. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 30 January, 2014, 21:51

    if young kids wanted to earn some money, they would set up a stand in front of their home, and sell lemonade, Kool-aid or even homemade cookies. For many children, this was their first opportunity to make and handle money.
    ————————————
    Well this isn’t the 50’s and this ain’t mayberry! How many times do we(that I) have seen large groups of kids become sick because some kid gave them drug laced brownies,cookies,etc. Look no further than the lack of parenting now days and lay blame for these problems where it belongs.Also because of the crooked, private sector, profit driven food industry,they have processed and contaminated the foods so bad that kids are allergic and getting sick from everything so people are taking a chance putting up cookie and juice stands selling this junk to kids!

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 30 January, 2014, 23:33

      Ntheoc, are you afraid of your own shadow? 🙂

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      • LetitCollapse
        LetitCollapse 31 January, 2014, 23:50

        All the sudden after supporting 6 big cops who held down a scrawny 135# schizophrenic and busted up his chops with the butt of a taser gun – ultimately killing him – he becomes socially conscious and wants to save the world from cupcakes and brownies not approved by the government!!!! LOL!!!!

        Classic!!!! LOL!!!

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  7. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 30 January, 2014, 22:59

    How many times do we(that I) have seen large groups of kids become sick because some kid gave them drug laced brownies,cookies,etc.

    How many times?

    Zero.

    Never.

    Not once.

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  8. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 3 May, 2016, 15:26

    The wheatgerm inhaling health freaks need to keep their long fat carrot noses out of the publics lives

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