if this is what concern looks like, stop it

What has happened to the neighborhood?

You may have seen the story in your social media news feeds about two little girls selling lemonade in Texas. The police were called by a neighbor who was ‘concerned’ about the lemonade stand being too close to the curb.


The story…

     The sisters said they were selling lemonade and popcorn at their home in the 200 block of Garden Club in Overton to raise money to take their father to a water park for Fathers’ Day.

Police Chief Clyde Carter shutdown the stand citing a city ordinance requiring them to have a peddler’s permit.

The girls may not be able sell their lemonade, but thanks to a loophole, they can give it away and accept donations from the public.

This story ended well. The girls had a lesson in corporate law and were given tickets by the water park when news of the story spread.

In Florida, a neighbor called police when they were ‘concerned’ about an 11 year old boy who was playing outside, in his yard, for 90 minutes, unattended. The police took the families two children and charged the parents with a felony.


The story…

   The boy didn’t have a key, so he played basketball in the yard. He was alone for 90 minutes. A neighbor called the cops, and when the parents arrived—having been delayed by traffic and rain—they were arrested for negligence.

They were put in handcuffs, strip searched, fingerprinted, and held overnight in jail.

It would be a month before their sons—the 11-year-old and his 4-year-old brother—were allowed home again. Only after the eldest spoke up and begged a judge to give him back to his parents did the situation improve.

This ‘concerned’ neighbor almost destroyed a family for no reason other than their misplaced and misguided interest.

These kinds of stories aren’t unique. They’re easy to find. It happens a lot, everywhere. Of course the corporate laws put in place for no other reason than to control every aspect of our lives is the first thing that comes to mind but what really bothers me, why did theses people call the police? These are not things a person should call and ‘report’ to government officials.

If you are ‘concerned’ about your neighbors child’s lemonade stand being too close to the curb, get up, walk outside, and talk to the children. If necessary, talk to their parents. Express your concerns. Reasonable people will listen.

If it ‘concerns’ you that a neighborhood boy is playing outside, alone, for too long, go outside and talk to the child. Make sure he’s alright. If he’s not, help him out.

I don’t think it’s concern driving these people to ‘report’ their neighbors to government officials at all. I think the corporate government has been so effective in programming us in believing our duty, as good citizens, is to report each other when someone isn’t following the ‘rules’. No one feels any sense of responsibility for anything, even their own neighborhood. That’s been taken away from the minds of most people too. You know how people are always yelling at you to, ‘Wake up!’? This is what they’re telling you to wake up to.

Instead of being a ‘concerned’ neighbor, why not be a good neighbor? A fellow human being? Why not try talking amongst yourselves. It used to be that neighbors were ‘friends’ if only by association. Even if you didn’t really like each other, you had a bond. You took care of each other, of the neighborhood. You’re sharing the same little part of the Earth. Are we all so far gone that we can’t even communicate with one another without government intervention?


I wait, patiently, for the day when all neighbors, everywhere become aware of what’s happening. For a day when we can live with each other without the government having to be involved. When kids can play, as kids should, and a lemonade stand popping up on the corner, is a reason to go out and have a chat, and catch up, with your neighbors. When being a community wasn’t legislated by government and upheld by ‘concerned’ citizens.


story sources:
Support overflows for lemonade stand girls in Overton
Boy, 11, Plays Basketball in Own Yard as He Awaits Delayed Parents


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