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Cops Shut Down Lemonade Stand, Said Little Girls Need a Permit

By    |   Friday, 12 Jun 2015 12:20 PM

Cops shut down a lemonade stand set up Monday by two Texas girls who wanted to raise money to buy a Father's Day present.

"We have to follow by the state health guidelines. They have to have a permit if they're going to do the lemonade stands," said Overton Police Chief Clyde Carter, ABC affiliate KLTV-TV reported.

Sandi Evans, the girls' mother, told reporters, "I think that's ridiculous. I think they're 7 and 8 and they're just trying to make money for their own cause."

The two sisters, Andria, 8, and Zoey Green, 7, said that they wanted to raise $105.

"We were trying to raise some money to take our dad to Splash Kingdom," Andria explained, referring to a local water park.

"We had kettle corn and lemonade. The lemonade was for 50 cents and the kettle corn was a dollar, but if you got both it was a dollar," said Zoey.

Texas law prohibits the sale of food items that could spoil without the proper temperature control, and that includes lemonade. That means that the sisters are required to get a health inspection before opening.

After the lemonade stand was shut down, the Tyler Morning Telegraph reported that the local community stepped up to make the girls' dream come true.

"I can't believe how this took off and how much support we have had," Sandi Evans said.

In the days since being shut down, some citizens pointed to a possible loophole in the law: the girls can't sell the lemonade, but they can give it away and accept donations. With that in mind, Evans said they are going to set up the lemonade stand one more time this Saturday.

"We have two radio stations saying they are going to broadcast from here, TV stations coming out and a local motorcycle group coming to help with traffic," Evans said.



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