Updated 07:37 AM EDT, Mon, Sep 16, 2019

Girls’ Dedicated Lemonade Stand Shut Down by Cops! Here’s Why

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Police in Overton, Texas forced close a lemonade stand run by two girls because they deemed it to be operating illegally due to the lack of official permit from the city, ABC affiliate KLTV reported.

Zoey and Andria Green, the lemonade stand's owners, decided to sell lemonade and popcorn for 50 cents per cup and $1 per bag, respectively, in order to earn money for Father's Day.

According to Daily Mail, the two fledgling entrepreneurs wanted to take their dad, who worked hard in an oil field, to a nearby water park on Father's Day.

The two then thought that it would be even better if they worked hard to earn $105 so they can buy four entrance tickets to the Splash Kingdom water park, making their Father's Day gift extra special.

"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," 7-year-old Zoey said of their business plan.

Unfortunately, Texas law doesn't allow little girls earning without getting $150 from them for an official permit dubbed as a "'Peddler's Permit."

The two were only able to make $27—about less than one-third of the amount they need to pay for four tickets to Splash Kingdom—before the police decided to drop in on them and shut their business down.

"We didn't really know we had to get a permit... and the cops came," the two young entrepreneurs told Daily Mail.

The police told their mom, Sandi Green, that while the city can waive the fee for the Peddler's Permit, they would not get pass the health department as easily.

"It is a lemonade stand but they also have a permit that they are required to get," Police Chief Clyde Carter explained.

KLTV has learned that under the Texas House Bill 970, also known as the "Texas Baker's Bill," selling food that needs time or temperature control to prevent spoilage is prohibited without the necessary equipment like, in the case of the lemonade, a refrigerator.

Therefore, the girls technically cannot sell lemonade without having their business inspected and acquiring a permit.

Mrs. Green, however, does not agree. She said, "I think that's ridiculous. I think they're 7 and 8 and they're just trying to make money for their own cause."

As of late, the lemonade stand is closed but the girls and their mother told KLTV that they will be giving away the lemonade from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday and would instead accept donations which do not require an official city permit.

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