I think most neighborhoods have a "Sour Lemon" of sorts. Growing up, we had a lady named Marcella. She drove down the street with a life size doll in her vehicle. She hung coffee pots and various other appliances given to her, as gifts from neighbors, in her front porche. (When she made an enemy on the block, the former Christmas or Birthday presents were hung from her porch.) She was a bizarre lady..
The bottom line is, there will always be miserable people looking for trouble.
The cop was placed in an awkward position. If he didn't inforce the law, others would continue breaking it in the future and using this young girl as an example. Even though, it's a bogus law, nowadays you can't bend laws for special situations. If you do, you leave yourself open for law suits. We live in a society of sue happy people.
I'm glad the young girl was issued a permit. An entrepreneur in the making..;)
"The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble; that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."