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Police Shut Down Little Girls' 'Illegal' Lemonade Stand

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The Short of It

Two Texas sisters hoped to raise money for a Father's Day gift by selling lemonade and snacks in their neighborhood. But police shut down their "scandalous operation" before they could reach their goal.

The Lowdown

The Green sisters, Andria, who is 8, and Zoey, 7, want to take their dad to Splash Kingdom for Father's Day. So, they set up a lemonade stand on their Overton, Texas, street with the goal of raising $105 for tickets.

But before too long, police arrived and told them that operating their stand without a permit was against the law, and they had to either shut down or pay a $150 fine! Apparently, not having a permit to sell food that requires temperature control to prevent spoiling was the little girls' egregious crime.

"It's because of the bacteria that can grow in the lemonade," Overton Police Chief Clyde Carter told Yahoo Parenting, adding absurdly, "The officer told them they had to go to city hall to get a permit. Then the city told them they had to check with the health department, which they didn't do."

The smart sisters decided to pack up their "dangerous" offerings, and their mom Sandi Evans responded, "I think that's ridiculous. I think they're 7 and 8, and they're just trying to make money for their own cause."

And on Facebook the fed-up mom wrote, "This is unreal! It's just lemonade! I almost feel slapped in the face as a return for the effort my family puts into our community!"

The Upshot

The Green girls plan to set up a new stand this weekend that will offer complimentary lemonade and welcome donations. Something tells me the girls will end up making much more than their goal of $105.

I'll have to rethink allowing my girls to sell lemonade and cookies this summer. Or, maybe I should file a permit now before we end up behind bars!

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