The city of Midway, Georgia was made a little safer after police shut down a…lemonade stand?
Three young girls had started the lemonade stand to save up money for a trip to a waterpark, but since they did not have a business licence, police ordered them to shut it down, according to reports.
“Kinda crazy that we couldn’t sell lemonade,” said one of the girls. “It was fun, but we had to listen to the cops and shut it down.”
After being open only one day, Police chief Kelly Morningstar and another officer of the Midway police department stopped at the stand after driving by, according to an ABC affilliate. Instead of speaking with parents, Morningstar approached the girls and told them they couldn’t sell the lemonade. When a reporter asked another of the girls if police had told them why, she simply said, “No.” The girls said they did as the officers said because they were scared.
“We have to be consecutive er, consistent on how we enforce the laws,” Morningstar told reporters. “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.”
“The law’s the law,” she added. Watch the video here.
“I’m gonna let it go,” said Amy Roberts, the mother of one of the girls. “I don’t think if I keep on and on and on its gonna teach them a good thing.”
The business license and food and beverage permit cost $50 a day plus $180 a year. In lieu of the lemonade stand, the girls have been doing extra chores and yard work, to raise money for their trip.
Hopefully they don’t need a permit for that.