TEXAS POLICE SHUT DOWN GIRLS' LEMONADE STAND, DEMAND PERMIT
Police in Overton, Texas, reportedly shut down two girls' lemonade stand because they didn't have the proper permits to sell food.
Andria and Zoey Green told ABC affiliate KLTV they were trying to raise about $100 for a Father's Day present. They wanted to take him to Splash Kingdom, and had already made $25 when the police told them what they were doing was illegal.
The police told them they needed to buy a $150 permit to operate a lemonade stand. But wait, there's more -- ABC reported that:
Texas House Bill 970, or the Texas Baker's Bill, does not allow the sale of food that needs time or temperature control to prevent it from spoiling. Since lemonade needs to be refrigerated to prevent bacteria growth, police said they needed an inspection from the health department and a permit to sell it.
The Green sisters are 7 an 8 years old.
They've decided to keep "The Green Girls" lemonade stand open, but instead of selling their lemonade and kettle corn, they'll give it away for free and accept donations.
Meanwhile, Church bake sales have no regulations.
Girls selling lemonade? We can't have that in Texas. No sir.
So much for teaching girls the value of capitalism and how to run their own business. Well, maybe they did learn a valuable business lesson: How to skirt the laws and regulations in order to get what you want.
Editor's note: When this article originally posted on Thursday, June 11, we incorrectly claimed the incident occurred in Tyler, Texas. In fact, it occurred in Overton, Texas.
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