Who doesn't love a classic lemonade stand on a hot day? Not to mention it's a great way to support entrepreneurial youngsters who start up a mini business. But police officers in the Texas town of Overton shut one lemonade stand down because the little girls behind it didn't have the proper city permit, according to Yahoo Parenting.
Andria and Zoey Green, who are 8 and 7 years old, put up the lemonade stand to raise the $105 they needed to buy tickets for a Father's Day trip to a Texas waterpark. They were selling lemonade for 50 cents, as well as kettle corn for one dollar. But only an hour after opening shop, police showed up and told the girls they needed a permit to sell the lemonade.
"The officer told them they had to go to city hall to get a permit," Overton Police Chief Clyde Carter told Yahoo Parenting. "Then the city told them they had to check with the health department, which they didn't do."
The reason for all this hoopla? Texas law states that the sale of food requiring temperature control to prevent spoiling is illegal without a permit.
"It's because of the bacteria that can grow in the lemonade," Carter said. "The popcorn they were selling was perfectly legal."
Police did agree to waive the $150 fee for the permit, but Sandi Evans, the girls' mom, told KLTV that going to the health department was too much.
"I think that's ridiculous," Evans said. "[My daughters are] 7 and 8 and they're just trying to make money for their own cause."
Instead of pursuing the permit, the girls will set up a new stand offering free lemonade, with donations welcome.