Texas Cops Shut Down Girls’ Lemonade Stand For Not Having Permits

Andrew Kadar Contributor
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Police in Overton, Texas abruptly shut down a lemonade stand and demanded two sisters, aged 7 and 8, obtain a $150 permit, according to ABC affiliate KLTV.

“We were trying to raise some money so we could take our dad to Splash Kingdom,” Andria and Zoey Green said. They needed to raise $105 for the trip, which was supposed to be a gift for Father’s Day.

In about an hour the girls managed to raise roughly $25 until the Overton Police Department approached, telling the girls they needed a $150 peddler’s permit. After waiving the permit, they cited a Texas bill that doesn’t allow for the sale of food that can spoil because it requires time or temperature control.

“It is a lemonade stand but they also have a permit that they are required to get,” said Police Chief Clyde Carter.

Sandi Evans, the girls’ mother, thought differently: “I think that’s ridiculous. I think they’re 7 and 8, and they’re just trying to make money for their own cause.”

Despite the difficulty, the girls’ plan to try again this weekend and give the lemonade away for free while accepting donations.