Lemonade Stand Business License Demanded by Sour Man
July 27, 2017
Discovery Bay, CA
By Clyde Hughes
A California girl's lemonade stand was reportedly threatened by a man who demanded to see a business license, but the stand turned out to be a success after it was moved.
The incident that happened as Richard LaRouche's daughter was setting up a lemonade stand on public property after getting approval from her parents to open it for one hour, LaRouche of Discovery Bay, California, told Frank Somerville, of KTVU."I think that's ridiculous," Sandi Green, the girls' mother, said at the time, noted KLTV.
LaRouche told Somerville that as his daughter set up the stand, she was confronted by a man "bent out of shape" about it, the news anchor posted on Facebook last Friday.
"The man just pulled up next to her and asked for her business license and then told her, 'I'm calling the police' and then got on the phone and began speaking as if he was talking to police," LaRouche said, per Somerville's Facebook post, which was reprinted Tuesday on SFGate.com. "She was so scared that she came home crying and sobbing and said she didnít want to go to jail."
LaRouche said after some convincing, his daughter set up a new lemonade stand in front of the family's home Friday and did robust business.
"(She) ran out of cookies and had just enough lemonade for the last two police officers," LaRouche told Somerville.
Somerville used Facebook to try to find the person who complained to the girl.
"I keep wondering why he would do that," Somerville wrote. "Why it was so important to him.
And whether he regrets doing it now. Regardless Iím glad that Richard's daughter got to see how the community came together and rallied around her.
Overton, Texas, police made headlines in 2015 when authorities there shut down a lemonade stand by two girls who were trying to raise money to take their father to a water park for Father's Day, according to KLTV.
In that instance, police cited city law that required a $150 peddler's permit and Texas' Baker's Bill that prohibits the sale of food which requires time or temperature control to prevent spoilage.
"I think that's ridiculous," Sandi Green, the girls' mother, said at the time, noted KLTV. "I think they're 7 and 8 and they're just trying to make money for their own cause."