Kids' Lemonade Stand Shut Down By Cops

Selling lemonade requires permit

By Kelly Bayliss
|  Thursday, Jul 23, 2009  |  Updated 10:27 AM EDT
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Kids' Lemonade Stand Shut Down By Cops

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Go ahead kids, set up that lemonade stand!

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Seven children selling lemonade were told by police they had to close up shop -- because they didn't have a permit. 

Cops went sour on a group of kids after a resident in the Haverford Township, Pa., neighborhood sicced police on the youngsters for selling lemonade on a residential street. 

Police told the kids, including 5-year-old triplets, that they were violating the law, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Selling lemonade in the township requires a permit -- which was news to the mother of four of the children, Dana Kleinschmidt, as well as the rest of the police department.

"We all sold lemonade when we were kids," Deputy Chief of Police John Viola told the Inquirer.

After a little research by fellow officer Sgt. Joe Hagan, it was discovered that selling lemonade is legal -- for children under the age of 16.  And so the children of Maryland Avenue are free to sell those summer drinks and make some money, at least until their 16th birthdays.

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