Rantz: 7-year-old’s lemonade stand shuttered while nearby encampment remains

A park ranger shut down a 7-year-old girl’s lemonade stand in Everett. Yet, the city refuses to clear the nearby homeless encampments that neighbors have been complaining about.

It’s become a tradition for Elsa LaMaine to operate her lemonade stand at Rucker Hill Park. She even gives a portion of her profits to local nonprofit Everett Gospel Mission. So it was disappointing when a ranger came by to shutter her business and stomp on her entrepreneurial spirit.

As disappointing? The neighborhood’s homeless problems have gone unaddressed. In fact, after the lemonade stand was shut down, a completely naked homeless man walked by.

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