Legal Ade: Save America’s Lemonade Stands

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Legal Ade: Save America’s Lemonade Stands

Chicago, IL

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The Problem

Kids across the country are getting busted for operating lemonade stands without a permit.

May 29, 2018 – Denver police shut down a lemonade stand that two young children were running to raise money to help a 5-year-old Indonesian child.

June 8, 2015 – The Chief of Police in little Overton, Texas, informed 7- and 8-year-old sisters that their lemonade stand violated the town’s ordinances unless they obtained a $150 “peddler’s permit.”

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Jun 10th, 2018
Posted suggestion on Jun 10th, 2018
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We're launching Legal-Ade, a crack team ready to straighten out lemonade stands permits and fines. If a lemonade stand gets shut down or ticketed by city officials for not having proper permits or licenses, we'll reimburse the kid or their family up to $300.

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Clyde Carter, Police Chief
Replied on June 9, 2015

It is a lemonade stand but they also have a permit that they are required to get. We have to follow by the state health guidelines. They have to have a permit if they're going to do the lemonade stands.

Robert White, Denver Chief of Police
Replied on May 29, 2018

Fostering the entrepreneurial spirit is something that we can all get behind, especially when it’s for a good cause.  Unfortunately, this past weekend, officers received several complaints from permitted vendors about a stand which lacked a permit, but was set up at the same event. When officers receive a complaint, we have an obligation to act.

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