Officers Shut Down Lemonade Stand (Photos)

| by Jonathan Constante
Adela Andrews (left) selling lemonade with her sister Eliza Andrews (right).Adela Andrews (left) selling lemonade with her sister Eliza Andrews (right).

Two little girls in Canada were told to shut down their lemonade stand because they didn't have a permit.

Eliza Andrews, 7, and her sister, Adela Andrews, 5, set up a lemonade stand July 3 in Ottawa to raise money for summer camp, CBC News reported.

Colonel By Drive, where the girls set up shop, is owned by the National Capital Commission. The parkways shut down traffic on Sundays from May to September so that cyclists, rollerbladers, and pedestrians can use the area.

The girls cashed in on their lemonade stand, making $52 in less than two hours, according to The Guardian. But at around 11 a.m., a woman stopped her bike and told them they were not allowed to be there.

The girls’ father, Kurtis Andrews, was not convinced. They continued selling lemonade until an NCC officer came and told them they needed a permit to sell anything on NCC property.

"He later sent me a map that appears to show that the property, all of that grassy median, belongs to the NCC and therefore we're not allowed to be there without a permit," Kurtis told CBC News.

Kurtis said he was willing to pay for a permit, but was never given that option.

"I think that they need to relax a bit,” Kurtis added. “I understand that they have to manage their properties but at the same time we're talking about a 5 and 7-year-old raising money for camp."

"I felt sad because I like selling lemonade,” Eliza said. “It was really fun and there were lots of customers.”

NCC spokesperson Cedric Pelletier said that the location of the lemonade stand was between NCC-owned Colonel By Drive and city-owned Echo Drive.

"It could be NCC, it could be city property," he said, adding that anyone conducting business on NCC property has to acquire a permit first.

"No person shall sell or offer or expose for sale any drink, goods or wares, or post or display any signs, placards, flags or advertising devices, or solicit subscriptions or contributions on or in any property of the commission without first obtaining permission in writing from the commission to do so,” according to the National Capital Commission Traffic and Property Regulations.

Kurtis said the lemonade stand was a learning experience for his daughters.

"There's lots of lessons to be learned there with multiplication and addition, as well as business,” he said. “The money that they earn they keep, but they also have to pay for the expenses.

"I can say with some confidence that they got an additional lesson today on business, at least in Ottawa here, and that's a valuable lesson, too."

As for future business, Eliza said she plans on changing her strategy.

"I'm going to keep doing lemonade but maybe at our house," she said.

Sources: CBC News, The Guardian / Photo credit: Kurtis Andrews via CBC News

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