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They were two great tastes that went great together: Kwan Dixon's Pop's Popcorn and Koosier Daddy's Food Cart filled that niche of the one-stop-shop to get your hot dogs, nachos, and sex toys. But alas, as Robert Frost warned us, nothing gold can stay. And the city of Evansville, Illinois shut down the most magical food cart in all the land.
So how come Kwan was forced to close up shop?
"Sex sells. We all love it. We love it more than we actually show it. Is sex selling in Evansville? Yeah!" Well, sex was selling in Evansville when Dixon was featured on local station WFIE earlier this month. "More peace. More kids. More peace. It will settle everybody down." That was the plan behind selling sex toys alongside popcorn and candy, but the report seems to have riled up local law enforcement instead.
About an hour after the station finished interviewing Dixon officials had pulled the plug on the operation, claiming that he didn't have the proper permits. According to detectives, some of his city permits were out of date, while others failed to list sex toys as items for sale. WFIE is reporting that, with the proper permits, Pop's Popcorn and Koosier Daddy's Food Cart could be back up and running, sex toys and all.
There are all kinds of permits small businesses may need in order to operate, covering everything from zoning and building to health and signage. And owners operating a business without the proper licenses can face additional fees, fines, and other penalties.
So if you're trying to sell your products to the public, especially if those products are of a prurient nature, make sure you've got the proper permits first. Otherwise your soda pop and sex toy stand could sink to grief.