7 Young Pa. Lemonade Sellers Have Brush With Law
(AP) – Jul 18, 2009
HAVERFORD, Pa. — Seven suburban Philadelphia children had a brush with the law for selling without a permit — selling lemonade, that is.
But police say it was all a misunderstanding.
A neighbor called Haverford Township police July 10 about the sales. He says the youngsters were going door-to-door and he didn't think they were being properly supervised.
A responding officer told the kids they were violating an ordinance that bans sales without a permit.
But Deputy Chief John Viola says the officer didn't know the law doesn't apply to anyone under 16 years old.
Sgt. Joe Hagan says he has been buying lemonade from neighborhood kids for a dozen years and it never occurred to him he might be aiding and abetting lawbreakers. He met with the kids and told them they were doing nothing wrong.
Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.philly.com
The kids were doing what enterprising kids do in the summer - trying to make a little spending money. Going door to door is just dangerous in these times, and I think the neighbor who complained did so out of concern for the kids welfare. They say headlines sell papers and that one definitely catches your eye!
It's hard to say no to kids selling fresh lemonade. There they sit, braving the summer heat just to serve up a tangy sweet cup of yellow goodness for the paltry sum of a quarter! Only the meanest neighbor could drive by without at least a wave! Well, we don't have any mean neighbors here in South Sun. The kids made over $50 that hot summer afternoon, one very generous lady gave a $5 tip to the kids! They shared in the profits, each coming away with what they felt was fair wages for a fun afternoon!