This is tyranny.
Gil Spencer reports for the Daily Times:
In a summer of surprises, the biggest one for Angela Prattis was being treated like a criminal for handing out free lunches to the children in her neighborhood.
Her strangely considerate behavior earned her a visit from a Chester Township official who told her to knock it off.
“He told me to shut it down,” Prattis said. “He said it was a zoning issue.”
She was told she needed to apply for a variance to serve lunch to her neighbors’ children. The application would cost her $1,000. And she was threatened with a fine of $600 a day for every day she continued to allegedly violate the township’s zoning law.
God bless the Chester Township zoning board. What would the good citizens of that municipality do without its protection from the scourge of unlicensed lunch givers?
To gauge the magnitude of this official stupidity, one needs only to stop by the Prattis’ Powell Road home on on any given weekday just before noon.
In her driveway you will find a canopy gazebo covering three folding tables and chairs. At those tables you will find children, mostly under the age of 10, eating boxed lunches.
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