By: Serena Crawford
Zoey and Andria Green wanted to buy tickets to Splash Kingdom in Texas for their father for Father’s Day. Their mother told them that they could earn the money by doing what so many young children do. They set up a lemonade stand. Their lemonade sold for $0.50 and they had bags of popcorn that they were selling for $1. They were having a great time with their stand until the police showed up. The officer came over to their table and told them that they were in violation of a city ordinance because they did not have a permit to sell the lemonade. He shut the stand down and said they could not open it again until they had a permit.
The girls’ mother said that the officer was very nice about it but thought that it was ridiculous that they had to go down to city hall, pay a fee of $150 (which the police agreed to waive for the girls), and obtain a permit just to set up a lemonade stand. The reasoning that the officer gave was that they were selling something that needed to be temperature controlled so that it wouldn’t spoil which requires a permit in the city. He told them that there is a lot of bacteria that can grow in lemonade. The girls’ mother was frustrated. Then even if they obtained a permit they were told that they needed the city’s health department to come check out the lemonade stand and the place where the lemonade to make sure it was all “up to code”. All for ice water with lemons and sugar.
The girls’ mother stated that she was not going to pursue a permit because sending them to the health department for lemonade was just ridiculous. Instead she and her daughters set the stand up again but this time they were giving out the lemonade for free with donations accepted. This way they were not selling anything but they could still get money for their Father’s Day present. This is a good lesson for the girls however. It shows them that if you want to become an entrepreneur there is research that needs to be done first to make sure that you are compliant with the laws no matter how silly they may be.