Helen Whalen Cohen

I can't think of a better use of police time and resources than shutting down a lemonade stand run by a 14 year old, can you?

Police in Georgia have shut down a lemonade stand run by three girls trying to save up for a trip to a water park, saying they didn't have a business license or the required permits.

Midway Police Chief Kelly Morningstar says police also didn't know how the lemonade was made, who made it or what was in it.

The girls had been operating for one day when Morningstar and another officer cruised by.

 The girls needed a business license, peddler's permit and food permit to operate, even on residential property. The permits cost $50 a day or $180 per year.

Brings new meaning to the words 'food police'. We've seen more of these incidents lately, which I suppose makes sense given that lemonade stands are illegal. I thought they were an American staple, but nooooo, the 14 year olds have to get a business license to operate one now.


Helen Whalen Cohen

Helen Whalen Cohen is Associate Editor and Community Manager at Townhall.com.