At a time when the economy is causing for all of us to struggle and when California officials are talking about releasing prisoners early from overcrowded prisons, authorities in that state's Shasta County are busy cracking down on an 86-year-old disabled World War II veteran who is trying to make ends meet by selling fruitcakes.
It seems Jack Melton ran afoul of the law by making the fruitcakes in his home and selling them. The authorities want him to make the fruitcakes in a commercial kitchen that gets visits from health inspectors.
Melton has been circumventing the law for more than 10 years now to supplement his Social Security check to get by.
Well, at least if they charge him and toss him in the slammer Melton won't have to worry about making ends meet.
So much for encouraging good old Yankee ingenuity in a time of financial crisis.
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