Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Weekly Radley - Neighborliness has been found, and must be punished ! ! !

Our Weekly Radley, from the online collection of Radley Balko, involves a Michigan woman who is cruelly siphoning funds away from the babysitting industry.....

MIDDLEVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) - A West Michigan woman says the state is threatening her with fines and possibly jail time for babysitting her neighbors' children.Lisa Snyder of Middleville says her neighborhood school bus stop is right in front of her home. It arrives after her neighbors need to be at work, so she watches three of their children for 15-40 minutes until the bus comes.

The Department of Human Services received a complaint that Snyder was operating an illegal child care home. DHS contacted Snyder and told her to get licensed, stop watching her neighbors' kids, or face the consequences.

"It's ridiculous." says Snyder. "We are friends helping friends!" She added that she accepts no money for babysitting.Mindy Rose, who leaves her 5-year-old with Snyder, agrees. "She's a friend... I trust her."

State Representative Brian Calley is drafting legislation that would exempt people who agree to care for non-dependent children from daycare rules as long as they're not engaged in a business. "We have babysitting police running around this state violating people, threatening to put them in jail or fine them $1,000 for helping their neighbor (that) is truly outrageous" says Rep. Calley.

A DHS spokesperson would not comment on the specifics of the case but says they have no choice but to comply with state law, which is designed to

Get ready for it....here comes the kicker ! ! !

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TarrantLibertyGuy said...

I was going to go to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and hand out water to the racers... but I realized that I don't have a valid food and beverage server permit. So forget that!

Anonymous said...

The ultimate conclusion?
Nanny-statism will intrude SO MUCH, that NO ONE will volunteer for ANYTHING for fear of being ticketed and fined for NOT HAVING A LICENSE for something totally innoculous and innocent.

Think it can't happen? Look at garage sales. Everything, old and new, has to be inspected and certified safe. Or you'll be ticketed and fined for selling hazardous materials. It's only a small short next step. . . .

B Woodman