What a dirty rotten scoundrel. What a cheesy, cowardly, vindictive, horrible thing to do.
I am constantly amazed at the sheer audacity and power-mad nature of those who are in public office and are there to SERVE the people.
Sometimes, you just wish you were there to smack some sense in to these people.
CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. — A politician in a New York suburb called police on two 13-year-old boys for selling cupcakes and other baked goods without a permit, according to a report Monday.
The Journal News in Westchester County said the boys, Andrew DeMarchis and Kevin Graff, had a brisk business selling cupcakes, cookies, brownies and Rice Krispie treats for $1 each in a Chappaqua park.
However, New Castle Councilman Michael Wolfensohn called the police after discovering the sale was not for charity, the newspaper said.
You sir, are a grand idiot and have shown your true colors. If you were in my town sir, you would be run out on a rail for treating kids that way.
Suzanne DeMarchis, Andrew's mother, was called to the park and said the officer was "extremely pleasant."
"He said he was sorry to have to do this, but that he was following up on a report filed over the phone by a Town Board member," she told The Journal News. "Kevin was so upset, he was crying all the whole way home. He was worried if he was going to get arrested or have a criminal record."
Cops always get the bad end of the stick having to do due diligence in upholding laws that they know are wrong under certain circumstances. Like this one. (However, I think mom overdramatized it a bit claiming 13-year old boys cried all the way home. I'd be more upset at mom for saying that than at some stupid politician ruining my money-making scheme!!)
See here for what I mean:
"All vendors selling on town property have to have a license, whether it's boys selling baked goods or a hot dog vendor," Wolfensohn said.
A permit to sell things in the park costs $150 to $350 for two hours and a $1 million insurance certificate is also required, the paper said.
New Castle Recreation and Parks Superintendent Robert Snyder told The Journal News that they needed to know what went on in the park.
"What if there was work going on that was dangerous?" he told the paper.
Yes, 13-year old boys selling cupcakes is very dangerous and the whole town needs to know about it for safety and security reasons. How dare they try and muscle in on the $5,000,000 a year food vendor down the street. How dare these terrorists inflict their evil ways, and cupcakes and Rice Krispie Treats on unsuspecting park-goers. The nerve, right?
Well, the councilman has some final thoughts on the matter, for those who care about the rule of law.... and such.
He said "in hindsight" he perhaps should have told the boys they needed a license rather than calling the cops. "The police are trained to deal with these sorts of issues," [ED: Is that a slap at policemen? Was that a "pastry" jab?] he told The Journal News.
No, do not under any circumstances approach armed cupcake-bearing terrorists without proper law-enforcement backup. Call 911 immediately and retreat to a safe cupcake free location.
This ends your nation's emergency broadcast message. Crisis has been averted.
(I'm surprised these hoodlums were not grope-searched prior to being released. Seems to be all the rage these days)