They just wanted to earn $105 to bring their dad to Splash Kingdom on Father’s Day.
But Overton police officers shut down a lemonade stand owned and operated by an 8 and 7-year old kid early this week.
Two sisters, Andria and Zoey, set up a lemonade stand on a residential street curb this week to sell lemonade to passers-by. An hour later, their business was shut down because of a lack of permit to operate.
The police officers demanded a license from the young entrepreneurs. It costs $150 to get one.
Zoey, one of the founders, said in a KLTV interview, “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.”
After an hour of operation, police officers came by.
Their mother, Sandi Evans, recalled that the officers mentioned they needed a permit.
According to the same report, “The City agreed to waive the $150 fee for a ‘Peddler’s Permit,’ but the health department would prove a bigger problem.”
Texas has a bill called the Texas Baker’s Bill, that disallows selling of food items that require temperature control. Lemonade included.
Their mother mused, “I think that’s ridiculous. I think they’re 7 and 8 and they’re just trying to make money for their own cause.”
Police Chief Clyde Carter reiterated that they “have to follow by the state health guidelines. They have to have a permit if they’re going to do the lemonade stands.”
As any businessman would do, the girls decided to stop selling and instead planned to set up their stand on Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. for free. Donations are accepted.