Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Give Away Free Bottled Water in Heatwave? Not Without a Permit

Over regulation doesn't get much more ludicrous than this:
Dana Crow-Smith said a City of Phoenix worker came up to her during the First Friday festival in downtown Phoenix last month and told her she was violating city code by handing out free water because she did not have a permit.
Why give away free water?  It was hot outside.  How hot was it?

The group brought several cases of bottled water to give away in the 112-degree heat, but said a Neighborhood Preservation Inspector told the group they had to stop handing out the water or would be cited.
Attorney's with the non-profit, civil liberties organization The Rutherford Institute have stepped in:

"It is a sad day when local government officials prohibit Americans from such charitable acts as giving water to the thirsty in their city," said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute.

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