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From KCCI:

<STRONG class=Dateline>CORALVILLE, Iowa — Police closed down a lemonade stand in Coralville, telling its 4-year-old operator and her dad that she didn’t have a permit.

Cedar Rapids television station KGAN reports that an officer told Abigail Krutsinger’s dad on Friday that she couldn’t run the stand as RAGBRAI bicyclers poured into Coralville.

The city ordinance states food vendors have to apply for a permit and get a health inspection.

Abigail’s dad, Dustin Krutsinger, said the ordinance and its enforcers are going too far if they force a 4-year-old to abandon her lemonade stand.

The city said it was enforcing the ordinance for health reasons, because people have gotten sick from food and drink they got during RAGBRAI.

Read more: http://www.kcci.com/news/28737630/detail.html#ixzz1TsMRjo3H

13 Replies

giantron, August 2, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Funny how they would enforce such a rule when almost none of the Kybos or food stands had either hand washing stations or hand sanitizers. There’s been tours that had the Noro Virus reek havoc on the tour. I find it hard to believe that something like that hasn’t happened on RAGBRAI. I think they need to get their priorities in order.


NathanZ, August 2, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Food born problems? Yah right Coralville PD! Tap water + Lemonaid mix. It’s not like they are selling raw chicken juice or raw egg shakes!

I would feel FAR safer purchasing a lemonade from young kid and/or scouting troup fundraiser than I would the food vendors. Lost opportunity for RAGBRAI to interact with the community. Lost learning opportunity for the kids. Lost cheaper option for water/calories for the riders. 
Lose. Lose. Lose. (win for the $5+ smoothie stands)


Cynful Smokers BBQ, August 2, 2011 at 2:03 pm

We were inspected every day.  We had a licensed kitchen and still paid $33.50 for a temporary permit.  Had both the kitchen and tent areas inspected.   Iowa doesn’t miss to much when it comes to inspections.  Looking at the vendors around us I saw hand wash stations and three wash tubs.  I think most vendors had everything in order.


Sandaltan ., August 2, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I have had what I believe to be a food-borne illness on two RAGBRAIs and have had norovirus on another bike ride.  A norovirus outbreak is devastating to a group of people.  I have always supported the efforts of the food inspection personnel.  This year I had a ten or so minute conversation with the Carroll County Iowa food inspection person as she was making her rounds on the route.  She told me of being booed, cursed and yelled at for doing her job of shutting down a RAGBRAI vendor who richly deserved to be shut down and of being yelled at for just driving on the route.  We are all familiar with the vendor’s name but how many of us take a look behind the service line at the food preparation area???   Not many I suppose.  They serve a valuable function, be kind to those who work to keep us safe.



Rachel, August 3, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I saw an article about this on Consumerist.com.  I can’t believe with all of the thousands of people streaming into town that the police had time to shut down the kids’ lemonade stand!


ExBMX, August 3, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I can totally see the whole scene!
The fat cats at Big Lemonade Co. sends in their goon squad. The little girl – her tearful eyes big as saucers as the mean ol jackboots in full riot gear tase her dad and smash her lemonade pitcher on the curb and impound her 3 legged dog.
That’s exactly how I’m sure it went down.


Sandaltan ., August 3, 2011 at 4:03 pm

We need to fight this injustice!!  Send your donations to Sandaltan in care of the Des Moines Register.  Cash, check or money orders; any amount will help.

RIDE RIGHT with your tongue in cheek.


jwsknk, August 5, 2011 at 7:01 am

so I see in the paper Coralville/IC also shut down 3 other childrens stands because the didn’t get the special 2 day permit or health inspection. All in the name of “protecting riders from health risks”. So will they do that every other time a kid opens a stand to protect the public from health risks? during home football games? Let the kids be, it’s not like they were grilling meat or had to have a special power line run from someplace by the city electrical dept., some lemonade mix or kool-aid, water from the faucet in the house and a bag of ice from the store


getbent, August 5, 2011 at 8:40 am

I stopped at the Minute Maid ice pops stand one of the last days and the guy said the health inspector had been through and tried to shut him down because of permits. Instead, he decided to ask for donations rather than set prices and that was legal.


Hillman, August 5, 2011 at 8:40 am

actually people do get sick from kids food stands.  bottled water is very different than ice and drink mix


and yes, there are ordinances during hawkeye games that prohibit this


ts, August 5, 2011 at 12:14 pm

I’ll take my chances.  I bought Kool-Aid and chips from a kid with a stand in Altoona.  Poor kid was in the middle of the block and was getting out-competed by bigger kids on the corner.  I don’t think she’d sold anything before I stopped by.  I trusted her Kool-Aid more than I trusted some of the contraptions that I got water out of in the pass-through towns.


WILLLIKESJAVA, August 5, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I wonder if the PVC pipe water stations were inspected by the health department, specially the ones connected to garden hoses.  Or do they on care if your asking 50 cents a cup?


DotComFactory, August 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I’ve been through the ServSafe classes (and certified).  Sometimes I think the health departments are a little heavy-handed with the rules.  During an event like RAGBRAI, it’s obvious that there is a cash-grab going on.  Coralville made a special ordinance to be enforced in order to increase their revenues.  I too ran into vendors who were hassled out in the county regarding “special” sales permits.  Most just asked for suggested donations instead of charging a retail price…


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