Katie Lewis was nine when she became a vegetable villain. Two years ago, she decided to sell organic zucchini and other homegrown produce on a little table in Clayton, California. Responding to complaints from two residents, Mayor Gregory Manning and other officials shutdown her down after a health code investigation.
Manning insists that this harsh action is not due to two cranks: “I find that for every person who calls you or writes a letter, there are 100 that feel the same.”
Official insists that she may petition for an variance to the zoning board.
What does the Mayor do with the ubiquitous lemonade stands during the summer? Manning insists that those stands are illegal as well but they tend only to last a couple of days — closing before the city can swoop in with badges and citations.
Frankly, it is best for everyone. Sure, Katie is peddling produce now, but this type of life of crime only leads to more serious offenses. Today, it is zucchini, tomorrow it is magic mushrooms, and then she is moving horse by the carload through Clayton, California.
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