Shame on Success

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The city of Vancouver closed down a successful corner fruit stand because the seller was too popular and sold too many quality goods to far too many happy and willing customers who kept coming back.

The stand is too large, confirmed Tom Hammel, the city’s deputy chief licence inspector. He said Smith shares his vending licence with the corner grocer, and can only sell a volume of produce that matches what the shop owner could stock and sell.

“He could stay at that location,” Hammel said, “if he’s willing to scale it back.”

Always – governments of the people, by the people, for the people…

[Update, due to the two confused folks who wrote me: I’m making the point that all government is the same, and Canada does not have more freedom than the U.S.; not quoting Lincoln.]

8:06 pm on August 17, 2011