13 Year Old’s Hot Dog Stand Shut Down, Boy Now Homeless
The MacKinack Center for Public Policy is reporting a heart-rending story about a thirteen-year-old boy whose hot dog stand was closed down by the City of Holland, Michigan. Nathan Duszynski and his parents are now homeless.
Nathan, a young teen who saved enough to buy a hot dog cart, and was selling wieners in the lot of a local sporting goods store with the manager’s permission, was shut down by local restauranteers. The restaurant owners complained that the boy was competing with their businesses without paying for the upkeep of the city’s business district.
The admirable boy who had the moxie to help his family make ends meet is now living in a shelter with his mother. His father is forbidden from living in the shelter while he takes pain-killing prescription narcotics.
Anne Shieber, who is following the story, wrote that she will post a video of the mayor defending the decision at a future time.
The story recalls the recent widespread shutdown of lemonade stands, which was commented upon by Mark Steyn and given a “Nanny of the Month” award by Reason magazine.
What kind of country do we live in when someone does not even have the right to make a living? To paraphrase Pierre Joseph-Proudhon, what kind of America is this when we are “watched over, inspected, spied on, directed, legislated at, regulated, docketed, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, assessed, weighed, censored, ordered about, by men who have neither the right, nor the knowledge, nor the virtue”?
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