By The Right Scoop


Midway, Georgia police chief shutdown a lemonade stand because the three little girls running it didn’t have a business license and a permit. All the girls wanted to do was to get enough money to go to the water park but their dreams were dashed as they were told they were breaking the law:

Midway police bust none other than a lemonade stand, because the three girls running it didn’t have a business license. The three girls thought if they sold enough lemonade, they could make money to go to the water park Splash in the Boro. …

“It’s kind of crazy that we couldn’t sell lemonade. It was fun, but we had to listen to the cops and shut it down,” 14-year-old Casity Dixon said.

The girls had only been opened for one day before Midway’s police chief and another officer cruised by and saw the stand.

“They told us to shut it down [and we didn’t know why],” 10-year-old Skylar Roberts said.

“We had told them, we understand you guys are young, but still, you’re breaking the law, and we can’t let you do it anymore. The law is the law, and we have to be consistent with how we enforce the laws,” Midway Police Chief Kelly Morningstar said.

By a city ordinance, the girls must have a business license, peddler’s permit, and food permit to set up shop, even on residential property. The permits cost $50 a day and a total of $180 per year. City officials said it’s their job to keep everyone safe and healthy, and there can be no exceptions to the rules.

Here’s the video:

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But the story does have a semi-happy ending as a major lemonade producer saw the video and has offered to buy the needed business licenses and permits for the girls lemonade stand and supply them with enough lemonade to last them all summer:

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  • Anonymous

    Stupid law. Come on now, how is a lemonade stand dangerous? Change the law.

    • Anonymous

      Doesn’t lemonade have a lot of acid and sugar in it, which makes it the safest thing to sell at a stand?

    • Anonymous

      It promotes entrepreneurship, capitalism and self reliance. Obama and his followers would not approve.

  • http://twitter.com/coralchristie coralchristie

    That’s how we stifle the entrepreneurial spirit.

    • http://poorrichardsnews.com Poor Richard

      he he. But, but, how can we motivate people to work harder if we don’t tax them?? (this is what Chris Matthews said the other night)

    • http://poorrichardsnews.com Poor Richard

      he he. But, but, how can we motivate people to work harder if we don’t tax them?? (this is what Chris Matthews said the other night)

      • Anonymous

        But that’s because Chris Mathews is so heavily taxed…………..mentally.

        • Anonymous

          And so is his liver

        • Anonymous

          You can’t tax anything that has no value besides if “Tingles” were to be taxed he’d get a huge refund every year.

    • http://poorrichardsnews.com Poor Richard

      he he. But, but, how can we motivate people to work harder if we don’t tax them?? (this is what Chris Matthews said the other night)

  • poljunkie

    Things sure have changed since my childhood…

    • KenInMontana

      I know what you mean, my siblings and I, along with every other kid in the neighborhood used to raise money to get ice cream or go to the municipal pool by Kool-Aid/ lemonade stands and the local cops were some of our best customers. This was in Northern California, before Dad moved us to Montana (where kids can still do this without being harassed).

    • KenInMontana

      I know what you mean, my siblings and I, along with every other kid in the neighborhood used to raise money to get ice cream or go to the municipal pool by Kool-Aid/ lemonade stands and the local cops were some of our best customers. This was in Northern California, before Dad moved us to Montana (where kids can still do this without being harassed).

      • poljunkie

        Us too. I grew up in Cali as well, and we used to drag out the old card table and set up in front of the house and sell Kool Aid to the neighbors who would be gracious and buy it. Also the post man, and any other repair man who happened to be in the neighborhood. Often times we would sit outside ( in the fog) until the street lights came on ( in between games of hide and seek of course)

      • Anonymous

        Glad to hear. When I was a kid I used to help my sister in Montana with her lemonade stand.

    • http://www.therightscoop.com/ therightscoop

      You mean back in the ’20s?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_53YAPDXSTIGEDINDXF46CAB7ZY voted against carter

        Well when Mr Coolidge ran the show he at least had sense to STAY OUT OF THE way of business. Look it up. It WASN’T called the “ROARING Twenties” for nothing!!

        And by the way there were a WHOLE lot of really great thing we could do back then that you whipper snappers couldn’t even imagine now.

        internet sminternet. RADIO! Now THAT was something.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Florey/100002543536293 Mike Florey

        Heck, no. Back when dinosaurs ruled the earth.

        • poljunkie

          Hey!

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Florey/100002543536293 Mike Florey

            I meant me. Heh.

        • Anonymous

          What’s up with pickin’ on all us old timers just ’cause we got a couple days on you whipper snappers don’t mean we can’t dance.

        • Anonymous

          What’s up with pickin’ on all us old timers just ’cause we got a couple days on you whipper snappers don’t mean we can’t dance.

      • Anonymous

        HA HA no actually I did it in the early to mid sixties.

  • Anonymous

    The real victim here is that butch Midway police chief, kelly morningstar–she’s probably received more than a few hate mail and phone calls against her department.

    People need to calm down and quit giving that rug muncher a hard time. The law is the law. :D

  • http://twitter.com/Wildwolfchild T Coldwell

    Bitch it was made with water lemons and some sugar OMG there’s some one selling crack but nooo u bust these little girls for selling lemonade

    • http://twitter.com/vettegal14 Robin Carmack

      LOL…this is soooo stupid. A friend of mine was a detective for our local police dept. I asked him about a certain house where it was common knowledge the activities that went on in there. He told me that they were told to just ignore that place because “they are not hurting anybody.” I should go set up a lemonade stand across the street from that house and watch them come and shut me down. My customers would be drug dealers and prostitutes but they would likely fine me for not having a business license. LOL How stupid is this country now? Unreal

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Florey/100002543536293 Mike Florey

    My hat’s off to the lemonade producer who recognized budding
    business owners and free market capitalism. The girls have a goal and that sets them a notch above most. Best of luck, ladies!

  • Anonymous

    What a perfect microcosm to demonstrate why un-employment is at 9.2%

  • Anonymous

    Maybe Obama wants to take control and re-open it under his name so he can add it to his work resume?!

  • Anonymous

    Dirty Rotten Capitalists, throw the book at them!

  • Anonymous

    The real problem is they are not unionized.

    • Anonymous

      BINGO

    • Anonymous

      BINGO

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9116747 Brannon Neville

    Good example of how govt. regulation destroys the little guy and benefits big business.

  • Anonymous

    Serves them right. They should be spending their summer’s in Americorps or demonstrating for social.

    • Anonymous

      Or singing songs of praise to our Historic Leader

    • Anonymous

      Or singing songs of praise to our Historic Leader

  • Anonymous

    Serves them right. They should be spending their summer’s in Americorps or demonstrating for social.

  • Josie

    I think it is more important to stop this insane decisions from bully government offices that target creative self reliance and ingenuity. It’s great that others offered to get the girls their tickets to the water park but the issue still remains and they technically win.

  • http://kenneth-paul.blogspot.com/ Spook

    Seems like Bureaucrats’ and public officials from the federal government, EPA, to local Police in GA and council members in Arkansas are letting power go to their heads. Makes you wonder which local business complained about competition.

    • http://www.theancient.us The Ancient

      More Likely the HOA or some Busy Body Neighbor (same thing as a HOA)

  • http://www.kennethballard.com Kenneth

    There’ve been a number of cases like this. Usually police don’t go after the kid’s lemonade stands unless someone complains or, like in this case, they see it for themselves. Unfortunately that is the law, and it has to be applied as it is written, even to little kids and lemonade stands.

    In several instances where this has happened and the cases go public (or viral now, with the Internet), the city has said to the parents of the minors involved to just show up at the city office and they give the needed permits for either a steep discount or for free. In one case I’ve read of, the city gave the parents of two girls a free permit for the entire summer.

    In this case, someone else took care of it.

    But you’d think that with how much this has happened that two things would have occurred by now:

    1. Parents would know that before their children open a lemonade stand that they’d talk to the city to find out what might be needed, and

    2. Cities would adjust their laws to ensure that these lemonade stands can be operated with little or no up-front government cost or interference to the operators or their parents

    • http://www.theancient.us The Ancient

      1> Screw the government, if I had children that wanted to do that I would help them set up the stand knowing full well it was in violation of a city ordinance that I do not agree with and violates my personal property rights. Civil Disobedience is the heart of this nation. The only way in todays world to get things changed is to get enough of the pubic outraged at government over reach THEN you can effect change, just going to council meetings DOES NOTHING since 90% of the population does not pay any attention to this crap until it is in the local news.

      2> Cities are many times WORSE then the feds on personal freedoms. That is why I always maintain that the PERFECT level to have the most power is at the state level, it is big enough to not allow too much of a mini-Hitler totalitarianism complex that you get at the local level, but not so big that I have no options of escape if the state gets crazy. City and County Councils have a much higher risk of Corruption, Favoritism, and outright control freaks getting elected AND being able to influence things than in a statewide office. To your point, this is a “we are the law you will obey citizen” complex that is rampant in local government and law enforcement, how dare you lowly citizen question their authoritay

    • Anonymous

      And so say sheeple everywhere.

    • Anonymous

      And so say sheeple everywhere.

    • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

      Most parents don’t think about such things as venders permits, health and safety inspections etc. when their kids want to sell lemonade, as most of us who were kids once did the same danged thing without government coming down on us! As my elders above stated, things sure have changed since we were kids. These are stupid laws made by government schooled, anti capitalist, power hungry jack a$$es, please excuse my French, but this kind of stuff really gets my hair in knott!

  • http://www.theancient.us The Ancient

    People miss the overall meaning behind this. If it takes a minimum of 3 permits from probably at least 2 government agency’s for a teenager to set up a simple lemonade stand in her parents front yard, you can imagine what a person that wants to set up a REAL business that employs people must go through, this is why we have terrible job numbers

    • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

      Excellent point Ancient, and one my husband has seen many times as he’s looked for work these past 2 years!

    • Anonymous

      My sister has been a proud liberal for many years. As of late she has decided to start a business for the first time. Prior to this she was federal law enforcement. She was told by her local government that these rules were in place to protect her and everyone else. She actually told me on the phone the other day “I don’t want government protecting me”.

      I had a good laugh, but after I got off the phone. Didn’t want to rub it in her face.

      • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

        Poor girl, what a rude awakening! :-)

      • http://www.theancient.us The Ancient

        Then your sister, being in Law Enforcement, should have rebutted them with the fact the the US Supreme court has Ruled that Government has no duty nor it is charged with Protection of the citizen.

        • Anonymous

          Most federal law enforcement is rescued by government from the beginning. She went from the streets, to military, to federal law enforcement. They learn how to operate within the system, and how to manipulate the system to their advantage along the way. The ones who are good at this, end up hired as law enforcement outside of the military. The ones who are not, don’t stick in the system.

          I understand that many go into the service simply to serve our country, but I do not believe that it is the majority of them. More of them are going in for financial reasons. The ones who go in to serve, tend to be more conservative. They go in so young, and right out of public schools, that they are not taught the constitution well enough to know what their true duty is.They, in essence, become products of the system and tend to believe in it. Therefor they trust it to do the right thing most of the time.

          Many come out of service rejecting government as a good thing, simply because they had the wherewithal to recognize the monster.

          My sister was simply one who believed that “the good of society” was the government’s job. Now she is having to think twice, and feeling the pain first hand.

          I don’t think forcing the issue on her is the best way to handle it. She knows where I stand on it.

        • Anonymous

          I did tell her to find the most conservative commissioner she could, and to force the issues out in public. There was one issue with having to get a state certification, and her business did not qualify to need that certification. The county, being lazy bureaucrats, just threw the book at her. She is set up and ready to start selling product, but is now waiting on the state, because the county health dept won’t do their job. Nothing new.

    • Anonymous

      Great analylses

  • Anonymous

    The citizens of Midway, GA can now breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that another illegal lemonade trafficking racket have been foiled by the courageous action of their police chief, kelly morningstar.

  • Anonymous

    When does this stuff end?

  • Anonymous

    When does this stuff end?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J5Q66UVQ6FQGW5TXLJLEFPRTJA Mel Mackinnon

    How is it that the cops or the city do not realize how silly they are being. Kids have been setting up lemonade stands for years and in the past would have been admired for their initiative.

  • http://www.envisionliberty.weebly.com/ Mike Leavitt

    Can anyone, anywhere give me a coherent rational (other than ripping off the citizens) for any license? Securities licenses don’t keep people from ripping off investors (see the democrat Bernie Madoff). Physician licenses don’t keep doctors from murdering people (see all abortionists). And business license don’t keep businesses from… I’m not sure what the point of a business license is. Can anyone help me?

    Well, I guess there is the pressure to limit freedom and liberty from the asses in America. (See democrat)

    • Anonymous

      Our entire system is set up to license and permit. I believe that there is nothing that requires it for the good of society. Anytime we do anything for the good of society, we are stripped of our rights and confidentiality. With any license or permit, we are first denied our rights, then given permission to exercise them as long as we meet certain criteria or pay a fee.

      This is done simply for the purpose of control. We are not a free country. Its a simple fact.

      • http://www.envisionliberty.weebly.com/ Mike Leavitt

        Well said.

      • Anonymous

        Linceses are taxes by fiat pure and simple or by executive order if you will. A term we are all to familiar with these days

        • Anonymous

          But…….We…………Must………..follow…………..orders. Uhhg!

    • Anonymous

      Quite simple. Licenses are required to give bureaucrats something to do to justify their worthless existence.

  • Dan

    this is what a society run by the left looks like so unless your willing to destroy the left in every way possible and totally revamp the education system we will continue to have “ALL” of our freedoms taken from us until we wont be able to even come out of our houses with out governments permission

    • Anonymous

      I would implore you to consider that the left is not the only problem. They are actually less of a problem, because they are more obvious about it.

      • Dan

        Just because they are “more obvious about it” makes it even more dangerous, they have worked behind the scenes for over a hundred years to destroy the Constitution and our freedoms and now feel embolden to come right out in the open…what does that say about our future…its not very bright if you ask me and unless we do something soon you can kiss your liberties good bye

        • Anonymous

          I see what you are saying. I guess I would rather that our enemies of freedom be more obvious about it, rather than masquerading as conservatives while doing the same things. I believe that this gives people a false option to the obvious. If the conservatives were as obvious as the liberals, we could finally get people riled up. Then it would be easier for people to see that they don’t really have an option.

          Its all good. I don’t see much changing for the better anyway.

          • Anonymous

            Well said, elmerfud!!

    • Anonymous

      I would implore you to consider that the left is not the only problem. They are actually less of a problem, because they are more obvious about it.

    • Anonymous

      I’m with you, Dan. Even though most patriotic Americans are STILL too afraid to say it.

      I’m not about to surrender my freedom or my country to the commie/ fag/ jihadists regime.

      In case anyone HASN’T read the Declaration of Independence in its entirety…the breaking point that warrants another revolution has already been reached!!

      This IS a time for war and our cause is just. Sign me up!!

      • Anonymous

        Go to http://www.lc.org they have the document you are looking for right there. Wish I could post an attachment here.

  • Dan

    did any one just see the post that was deleted that said

    “so you ok with calling someone fag and had a link to a right scoop story i went to the link lol i’ll post it in a min…

    • Anonymous

      You’re right deffinately a reading problem there.

  • Constance

    This so-called police chief surely had the leeway to simply keep on driving by and pretend she never saw the lemonade stand. I find it amusing that this little stand being run by kids was given the same police enforcement that would have occurred had Chief Moron been driving by and witnessed an assault in progress. “It is the law”. Yes, we know it’s the law, Chief. But, sometimes it’s okay to just let kids be kids and keep on driving by and keep your fool mouth shut. Good grief.

  • Anonymous

    That’s right, chief morningstar…you show those little lemonade criminals who’s boss!!

  • Anonymous

    Yes, Chief, pick on little kids. Pick on the children whose parents are paying your salary buddy. Kick this bum out.

  • Anonymous

    If this weren’t so pathetic it’d be funny, but in a way it was probably a good thing for the cops to shut them down. Now hold on before you jump all over me let me explain. In the litigious environment in which we find this country today all it would have taken is one child, or more likely than not an adult to get diarreah that day or the next and there would have been one hundred attorneys lined up ready to file a lawsuit against the parents, which in turn would have gotten child protection services involved and you can see where I’m going with this. My God I’m glad I’m an adult, how else are kids this young supposed to learn any life lessons now? They sure as hell can’t have a paper route like I did at ten-fourteen years old. Hell they’d probably get kidnpped, sexually assualted, and killed now days. We have allowed ourselves to sink to lowest of low when this kind of crap goes on.

  • Dave Simonson

    I don’t think I can take many more reports like this without becoming anti-Goobernutz.

  • Dave Simonson

    May I please add that Kelly Morningstar and the rest of the crew there seem to be a waste of space. >:P

  • Anonymous

    Maybe these kids can take refuge under N.A.F.T.A.

  • Anonymous

    the mayor should be voted out,the police chief fired..

    IF THAT S THE TYPE OF CRIME THEY HAVE THERE,THEY DONT NEED A POLICE FORCE..

  • Anonymous

    the mayor should be voted out,the police chief fired..

    IF THAT S THE TYPE OF CRIME THEY HAVE THEre,THEY DONT NEED A POLICE FORCE..

  • Anonymous

    the mayor should be voted out,the police chief fired..

    IF THAT S THE TYPE OF CRIME THEY HAVE THEre,THEY DONT NEED A POLICE FORCE..