OVERTON, Texas — Two young sisters in Texas started a lemonade stand to raise money for a Father’s Day gift. But they had only been in business for an hour before police came around and shut them down.
Texas law requires them to have a permit to sell the lemonade, and it also requires their stand to undergo a health inspection.
Andria and Zoey Green need $105 for their Father’s Day present. “We were trying to raise some money to take our dad to Splash Kingdom,” 8-year-old Andria said.
The 7 and 8 year olds have an entrepreneurial spirit. “The girls are always into making money and earning their own money,” said their mother, Sandi Evans.
They even added a sweet snack with a bargain to go with the lemonade. “We had kettle corn and lemonade. The lemonade was for 50-cents and the kettle corn was $1, but if you got both it was only for $1,” Zoey said.
KLTV reported they had already made $25 when their day of doing business came to a screeching halt. Overton police visited — initially because the girls were set up just off the curb in a residential street.
“We were there for about an hour and the police department came … a code enforcement officer and the chief. “She called me to the side and said we needed a permit,” Evans said.
It was a peddler’s permit that they needed. The city agreed to waive the $150 fee for the girls. The health department, though, would prove to be a bigger problem for them.
Texas law prohibits the sale of food, which requires time or temperature control to prevent spoilage. By law, the girls can’t sell the lemonade without a health inspection and permit.
“I think that’s ridiculous. I think they’re 7 and 8 and they’re just trying to make money for their own cause,” their mom said.
“We have to follow by the state health guidelines,” Overton Police Chief Clyde Carter said.
The Green sisters aren’t giving up. They’re opening their lemonade stand on Saturday. But this time, they will only be accepting donations.