You didn’t bake that
by Ian Huyett
TROY, Ill. – Apparently finding themselves without any lemonade stands to demolish, health regulators in Illinois took the time to shut down an 11-year-old’s cupcake business.
On Sunday, an Illinois newspaper featured an inspiring story about Chloe Stirling, a local entrepreneur renowned for her masterfully decorated cupcakes. The Belleville News-Democrat reported that Chloe was saving money to one day start her own bakery, and has donated hundreds of cupcakes to cancer fundraisers.
Unfortunately, someone in government read the heartwarming article – and, naturally, set to work stepping on this 11-year-old’s dreams. The Madison County Health Department told Chloe that she needs to construct another kitchen in her family’s home. “A rule is a rule,” smirking department spokeswoman Amy Yeager told KMOV.
Madison County spends millions of dollars on its health department, which is scheduled to undergo an expensive office renovation this year. The department will receive $57,830 more in tax dollars this year than it did in 2013.
Since regulators like Amy Yeager have nothing better to do than protect the citizenry from cupcakes, Madison County voters might want to consider saving some money on their property taxes this year.