The Oddities in the News Page
This Month's Oddity in the News:
Children's Lemonade Stand (on their mother's lawn) Gets Shut Down by Police
IN THE ARCHIVES:
Here is a picture of the girls:
SEE A FILM CLIP OF THE GIRLS HERE
Three Girls Not Allowed to Sell Lemonade on Their Mother's Front Lawn
MSNBC-Three girls trying to raise money to go to a waterpark thought that a lemonade stand would do the trick. But then they met the long arm of the law — their local police chief.
The girls had started up their stand in Midway, Georgia, when Police Chief Kelly Morningstar and a deputy drove by.
"They told us to shut it down," 10-year-old Skylar Roberts.
"It’s kind of crazy that we couldn’t sell lemonade," added 14-year-old Casity Dixon. "It was fun, but we had to listen to the cops and shut it down."
Morningstar defended his action and received the support of Midway's mayor. "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,'" Morningstar said. "The law is the law, and we have to be consistent with how we enforce the laws."
That city law requires a business and food permits ($50 a day), even if the stand was at the home of one of the girls.
Health issues were also a concern, Morningstar said. "We were not aware of how the lemonade was made, who made the lemonade, of what the lemonade was made with, so we acted accordingly by city ordinance,” he said.
News of the bust caused an outpouring of local support for the trio of young girls.
See the article HERE
Here is a comment made by a member of the girls' community:
"It's bad enough most kids think everything should be handed to them but here we have three girls who want to do something to earn money so they can achieve a goal and local law enforcement says it's a against the law... I bet the money the city spent busting this business for not paying for a permit wasn't near worth it."
Lemonade Maker Buys Permits for the Girls
All the girls wanted to do was make enough money to buy tickets to a water park, but police busted that dream when they closed their lemonade stand because they did not have a business license, food and vendors permit.
Well now they are going to get their dream back. One of the biggest lemonade flavor product companies in the country has offered to pay for the girls' business license and permit fees and supply them with a summer's worth of lemonade products. Calypso employees say they saw the girls' story on from our news station and knew they had to do something.
“There's always someone somewhere listening that can help people out and that's what touched us and that's our brand, and we do lemonade. That's what these girls are trying to do. We respect that these girls are out there in the heat trying to make a living, and in this case, go to a water park. So we want to take that one step further and teach them that hard work pays off,” Christopher Selinger with Calypso said.
See the entire article HERE