"Gotta get ready for the sale,” said Avigayil.
Even though she’s only 6 years old, Avigayil prepares for
another day at work.
"We like making money at our lemonade stand. We want
it to stay cold so they can have cold lemonade on hot days,” she said.
A young entrepreneur who does the cleaning, even the
advertising - and it is paying off.
"We are making lots of tips in our tip jar,” said
But a few days ago, Avigayil and her friends were put out
of business by a neighbor.
"We didn't have a permit so she called the cops,”
The police arrived and shut her down.
"We had to take down our lemonade stand,” said
Abagail did not have a temporary business permit, which is
technically a city violation.
"So we had to do something else to play,” said
"I was kind of shocked because I didn't know we
needed a permit for 6 year old girls to sell lemonade,” said K.C. Shaw,
According to the city, they have to act on a formal
"Normally we don't get involved in it but once we do
get a formal request we must take action,” said Al Hogrefe of the city of
So Avigayil’s mom went to the city code enforcement
office with wallet in hand, prepared to buy a permit.
"$35 every single time for a single use,” said
Not wanting to be sour, the city played Mr. Niceguy.
"No we did not charge her, no,” said Hogrefe.
They did finally get the permit.
"Basically a blank check to have as many lemonade
stands as we can stand,” said Shaw.
So Abagail is back in business and learned laws can be
tough, even for a six year old's lemonade stand.
Shaw said the police officers who shut down the stand felt
terrible, but they had to do their job. One of the officers even bought a glass
of lemonade from Avigayil.