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Old 08-18-2010, 04:27 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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RACINE - In front of Chuck Larson's house on Wisconsin Avenue there is a for sale sign on his ice cream tricycle.

Starting out the summer, Larson, 54, was in high spirits ready to hit the streets selling ice cream.

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Old 08-18-2010, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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I'm amazed the guy reached the age of 54 thinking that everything should go his way. Also, by going public with his story, he's encouraging people to to low-ball on bids for the cart.
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Old 08-18-2010, 07:16 AM
 
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The moral of the story: work for the government. You have life-time employment for being an obstacle to entrepreneurs.
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Old 08-18-2010, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Downtown Orlando, FL
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I'm amazed the guy reached the age of 54 thinking that everything should go his way. Also, by going public with his story, he's encouraging people to to low-ball on bids for the cart.
I'm amazed the guy reached the age of 54 and didn't realize selling goods to consumers in public was considered a business and would be taxed accordingly. Did he just wake up one day and say, "Hey, I wanna be an ice cream tricycle person!!! Yeahhh!!!"

I'm sure his wife was thrilled....
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Old 08-18-2010, 09:57 AM
 
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My first business partner 25 years ago stated you have to have a third "ball in the sack" to go into business for yourself. I guess this worker bee just found that out. LOL
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Old 08-18-2010, 06:04 PM
 
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These days there are so many local, state and federal pinheads demanding forms and taxes for anything, it is strangling business. I know many people, including myself that are not taking their businesses further due to having no desire spend our days answering to pinheads.
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Old 08-21-2010, 11:02 AM
 
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I think things like this are normal but then again do not be disheartened by this.
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Old 11-18-2013, 06:29 PM
 
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I'm amazed the guy reached the age of 54 and didn't realize selling goods to consumers in public was considered a business and would be taxed accordingly. Did he just wake up one day and say, "Hey, I wanna be an ice cream tricycle person!!! Yeahhh!!!"

I'm sure his wife was thrilled....
Rotf... 3 years later!
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Old 11-19-2013, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles (Native)
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He forgot to donate (give bribes) the the local city government.

"His house on the 1700 block of Wisconsin Ave. is for sale, as it has been for almost three years now and he is trying to get out of town."

3 years?.... He was most likely asking too much..

Makes you wonder how reasonable/realistic this guy is..
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Old 11-20-2013, 02:18 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Typical small business failure. Poor planning, failure to investigate regulations and taxes before starting. Failure to have a well thought out business model.

Plus some basic laziness. He was told he could keep selling ice cream if he kept peddling. But he wanted to sit in one spot, just not paying rent for his space.

$60 tax is low for a business. He should have done enough research to know that he would be paying that tax. He should have done enough research to learn where he could set up and where he couldn't.
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