“she could not hand out free bottled water” because “she did not have a permit”

Via reason.com’s blog, I found a story that illustrates why some of us do not trust government to have the interests of the people in mind.

According to ABC15.com,

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.

This is the problem with government controls. There is always some busy body who is more concerned with the letter of the laws and/or regulations, than in helping people. The outdoor temperature, according to article was 112 degrees. And the city got upset because someone was handing out water. Not selling it mind you. Just giving it away. For free.

There is is, folks. There is “practical” government at work. This reminds me of the FEMA fiasco in the immediate aftermath of hurricane Katrina. Businesses rushed in to provide food, water, clothes, et cetera, and the representatives of the federal government told the businesses they had to stop because they had not been coordinated by FEMA.

Apparently in the new version of the parable of the Good Samaritan, the Samaritan helps the robbery victim and is then sent to jail for not having a license to help people.

(On an unrelated side note, this is how “Seinfeld” should have ended. Not with the characters going to jail for not helping someone. But with the characters in jail because they finally did help someone.)

Anyway, the woman is getting some legal help to get the city to back off and allow her to hand out water. I hope she is successful.

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