Police in Overton, Texas had their hands full last week. Law enforcement officers often face dangerous, demanding, and often deadly situations and the police in Overton are no exception.
You can just imagine what their spouses went through upon hearing that police had to bust up a lemonade stand ring.
This crime spree started early one morning when two sisters, eight-year-old Andria and seven-year-old Zooey Green in dire need of $105.00 for a Father’s Day present decided to do the unthinkable. They would sell lemonade and kettle corn to raise the money needed to take their father to Splash Kingdom. They were well on their way until the local police and a codes enforcement officer surrounded the crime scene. They were caught red-handed-with the illicit items for sale.
“Texas House Bill 970, or the Texas Baker’s Bill, prohibits the sale of food which requires time or temperature control to prevent spoilage. Since lemonade technically must be refrigerated to prevent the growth of bacteria, by law, the girls can not sell it without an inspection and permit,” the officials said, according to Freedom Outpost.
The city agreed to waive the $150 fee for the “Peddler’s Permit,” but the girls’ mother, Sandi Green Evans, said they hit another obstacle: they were told they’d have to get licensed by the Rusk County Health Department before being allowed the permit.
President Obama, now would be a good idea for your “the police acted stupidly” speech if you want to give it.“Thankfully, publicity surrounding the story led to generous donations from local businesses.
“We received free passes to Splash Kingdom, where the girls wanted to take their dad for Father’s Day,” Evans said. “We got them from the owners of the theme park and then again from a radio station.” They were also given free tickets to Six Flags.
The girls were also given $200 in donations, but they aren’t keeping the money, saying “We do have so many positives coming out of this, and since I don’t feel right keeping the money now that they got their dad’s gift for free, we’re going to give away the extra tickets and set up scholarships with the donations they’ve collected,” Evans said. “We’re going to give the scholarship to a local graduating high school senior majoring in business management.”