Lemonade stand shut down by officers in Texas

CREATED Jul 20, 2011

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McAllen, TX -- Gone are the days when a kid could make a few extra bucks by selling lemonade on the corner of their street. These days, it's against the law.


A 12-year-old girl and her little brother were just trying to earn a few dollars for their two hermit crabs when a city code enforcement officer in Texas came and shut them down.

The officer told their grandmother that the children needed a permit to sell lemonade, and their grandmother was ticketed for the offense.

"I was mad," the 12-year-old said. "I don't understand why someone would want to do that to two kids and their grandma."

City officials said that unless you have a health permit, it's illegal to give out food and drink to the public. All salespeople must have a license.

It will now be up to a judge to decide if the children's grandmother will have to pay the $50 fine.