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Cops shut down 'illegal' lemonade stand

Police said three girls raising money for a trip to a water park needed a licence and permits.

The offending lemonade
The offending lemonade
Image: Screengrab via WJCL ABC

HOW DO YOU like them apples? Or lemons in this case as police in US  state of Georgia shut down an ‘illegal’ lemonade stand run by three young girls trying to save up for a trip to a water park.

AP reports that the three girls were forced to shut down their little enterprise after police in the town of Midway said they didn’t have a business licence or the required permits.

Police also said that it was not known how the lemonade was made, who made it or what was in it. (Lemons, probably)

The three girls had been operating for one day when Midway police chief Kelly Morningstar and another officer cruised by, and informed the girls they needed a business licence, a peddler’s permit and a food permit to operate, even on residential property.

Such permits cost around $50 a day and another $180 per year.

One of the girls, 14-year-old Casity Dixon told local station WJCL: “It’s kind of crazy that we couldn’t sell lemonade.  It was fun, but we had to listen to the cops and shut it down.”


The girls are now doing chores and yard work to make money for their trip to the water park in Savannah.

- additional reporting from AP

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