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:
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: