Overton Officials Shut Down Girls’ Lemonade Stand, Claiming They Don’t Have a License | Local News
OVERTON – Wanting to earn some money to take their dad to a special place for Father’s Day, Zoey and Andria Green set up a lemonade stand on Monday, but their efforts were quickly thwarted by government red tape.
The 7 and 8-year-old sisters spoke with the Tyler Morning Telegraph on Monday outside their home at the Garden Club, where they were visited by Police Chief Clyde Carter, who closed their booth for lack of a permit required by the city . of Overton.
“Yeah, we were a little upset,” Adria said. “We wanted to earn money to take our dad to Splash Kingdom for Father’s Day,” the police came and said we needed a permit.
The sister’s mother, Sandi Green Evans, said she was a little upset by the ordeal and the government of the city of 2,539 people.
“Their father works in the oil business and is gone a lot, so it’s something they wanted to do for him. Something special. They both wanted to do it on their own, and they are both small entrepreneurs, ”she said.
Neighbors Charlie Perkins and Nelwin Perry said they were outraged by the situation.
“It was such an innocent business that turned into all kinds of red tape for the government,” Ms. Perry said. “It’s overwhelming, especially since I saw how girls train in the heat.”
Perkins said he went to town offices to buy a $ 150 peddler’s permit, but learned that the girls also needed a permit from the health department.
Chief Carter and Overton City Secretary Rachel Gafford declined to speak with the newspaper on camera, but said laws are laws.
Carter said last month that a securities firm pitched a tent in Overton, attempting to offer car title loans, and he had to shun them for soliciting without a license.
“We can’t kick one out and let someone else do it,” he said.
Carter also said he had security concerns, as the stand was set up in the “middle of the street” next to Farm-to-Market Road 850. However, he confirmed that Garden Club, where the stand was located. installed, is a dead end culdesac. .
Carter said he and Ms Gafford had decided to waive the peddler’s license fee for the Green sisters, but said they believed the girls would need a permit from the health department to sell the goods.
When asked if the sisters could donate free lemonade at a stall in their police yard and accept donations, Carter replied, “I don’t think that would be illegal.
After hearing the news, Ms Evans said the sisters would open their booth from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at their home at the Garden Club, and all were invited to come and get a free cup of lemonade.