Sunday, June 21, 2015

Off Topic - The Problems of Selling Lemonade These Days & A Question of the Day

Every now and then we run an off topic post to take a break from all the serious stuff. This one could have had a sad ending, but the creativity of the two little girls involved saved the day. Below is a link to the video of this story with the text pasted in just below that.


OVERTON, TX (KLTV) - "A little summer fun was spoiled by police in Overton, and state health laws. Andria and Zoey Green wanted to raise $105 for a Father's Day present. Their mother, Sandi Evans says her daughters have an entrepreneurial spirit. "The girls are always into making their own money,” Evans says.The girls initially wanted to start a paper route, but decided on a lemonade stand to make money more quickly. Zoey describes their business plan.

                                                 "We had kettle corn and lemonade. The lemonade was for 50 cents and the kettle corn was a dollar, but if you got both it was a dollar.”
They had been open for about an hour and had already made more than $25, when police showed up, initially because they were set up near the curb in a residential street.
“A code enforcement officer and the chief, she called me to the side and said we needed a permit,” Sandi recalls.
The City agreed to waive the $150 fee for a 'Peddler's Permit," but the health department would prove a bigger problem.
Police Chief Clyde Carter explains, “It is a lemonade stand but they also have a permit that they are required to get.”
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.
Sandi does not agree.

"I think that's ridiculous. I think they're 7 and 8 and they're just trying to make money for their own cause," she said.
It is, however, the law, and Overton police say they will enforce it.
“We have to follow by the state health guidelines. They have to have a permit if they're going to do the lemonade stands,” Carter says.
The Green sisters say they will set up their lemonade stand this Saturday from 10:00am until 12:00pm. This time, though, they will be accepting donations."
You gotta love these girls perseverance. They found a way!

Since we are off topic in this post anyway, here is a question of the day:

If there are plans to do away with cash completely in the US as some as suggesting on the internet, why did Treasury announce plans to change the portrait on the $10 bill in 2020?  :)

It sounds like they plan to have them around in 2020.

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