Andria and Zoey Green wanted to raise $105 to take their dad to a theme park for Father's Day.
To raise the money, the young girls recently opened up a lemonade stand outside their home in Overton, Texas, but had only taken in $25 when they were shut down by the police (video below).
The girls' lemonade stand was initially in trouble because it was set up to close to a curb on their residential street.
"And we were there for about an hour and the police department pulled up, a code enforcement officer and the chief. She called me to the side and said we needed a permit," the children's mom, Sandi Evans, told KLTV.
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While the city waived a $150 peddler's permit fee, the girls were told they still needed a health permit.
Overton Police Chief Clyde Carter added, "It is a lemonade stand, but we also have to have a permit that they are required to get."
A state law bans people from selling food (without an inspection and permit) that needs time or temperature control. Lemonade falls under the law because refrigeration stops bacteria from growing.
"I think that's ridiculous. I think they're 7 and 8 and they're just trying to make money for their own cause," Evans stated.
Carter countered, "We have to follow by the health state health guidelines."
Fortunately, the publicity resulted in the girls getting donated theme park tickets, reports the Tyler Morning Telegraph.
According to Evans, her daughters plan to give away free lemonade this Saturday and accept donations for a local high school sports scholarship fund.
Overton City Manager Charles Cunningham told the Tyler Morning Telegraph that the police will likely show up again to "make sure there are no problems."