published Friday, July 15th, 2011

Police in Midway, Ga. order lemonade stand closed

MIDWAY, Ga. — Midway police have shut down a lemonade stand run by three girls, saying the stand lacked a business license and required permits.

The girls had been operating for one day when Midway’s police chief and another officer cruised by. They had been trying to earn enough money to go to a water park.

The girls needed a business license, peddler’s permit and food permit to operate, even on residential property. The permits cost $50 a day or $180 per year.

Midway Police Chief Kelly Morningstar says police didn’t know how the lemonade was made, who made it or what was in it.

One girl, 14-year-old Casity Dixon, says the three had to listen to police and shut down.

The girls are now doing chores and yard work to make money.

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Leaf said...

I think that, just possibly, we might be over-regulated.

July 15, 2011 at 1:21 p.m.
RulesToBreak said...

This does not even sound real. Seriously? A few young girls not old enough to get a job can't run a lemonade stand that they'll get bored with after 2 hours anyway? COME ON!!!

July 15, 2011 at 1:31 p.m.
harrystatel said...

Thank God the Midway Police stopped this terrorist activity. We sleep safe tonight because of the courageous officers in Midway laying their lives on the line to stop this insidious threat. How wonderful this is happening in Liberty County Georgia!

Here's the website for these brave men and women protecting us from those evil-doers.

I suggest you email them to tell them what a great job they're performing. Thanks God the SWAT Team didn't have to use deadly force!

The Department of Homeland Security will be awarding these officers the "Order of Glazed Bear Claws with Silver Sprinkles."

Makes me proud to be an American!

July 15, 2011 at 1:34 p.m.

Wait a minute the point is missed.

A business permit / license are needed: Therefore, the owners have a tax write off for incidental and personal and business related expenses, lemons and ice are not free. So local, state and federal taxes can be collected as small business support the mega corporations and their tax breaks, The liability here is an unacceptable risk, food poisoning, traffic obstructions, employee injury, product defects and subsequent injury, legal fees, The whole food inspection requirements will be by-passed and public safety is being jeopardized by rouge enterprises selling uninspected products. The local zoning laws may be by- passed, NO lemonade stands in my Backyard ! or city sidewalks. Establishments of these types (roadside businesses) are known to attract the elements of crime and social undesirables. Without a license employees may be unregistered visitors or citizens of America who desire God given rights to health insurance are suppressed due to the status of the business. Apparently, local community relations are already being severed, as normally the police enjoy gratuity cups of coffee and perhaps donuts; where this illegal business required payment (25 cents, as I understand the current market supply and demand structure). Given that America is a representative democracy our leaders are merely a reflection of our communities and ourselves. Now that is what should terrify you

July 15, 2011 at 2:04 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

Somebody needs their @$$ kicked over this one. Friggin Cops...ruinin a couple of girls honest way of makin a buck! What would they prefer that they end up in some downtown setting sellin somethin else!?!? GET A LIFE MIDWAY POLICE!!! And go chase some real criminals for a change and stop ruinin my life!!!

July 15, 2011 at 2:25 p.m.
gator said...

This isn't even worthy of a comment, so I'm just sitting here shaking my head. I feel soooo much safer...

July 15, 2011 at 3:39 p.m.
rolando said...

Here's another thought -- we have police focusing on and enforcing ridiculous rules and regulations and spending their time on them instead of the public.

Now we have a president who wants to take away our guns that we use to protect ourselves when the police cannot respond in any reasonable time.

July 15, 2011 at 4:36 p.m.
maryjanp said...

Apparently these police officers have way to much time on their hands. May be that police dept. should have a lay off as they must have too many officers. This should make that believe it or not show.

July 15, 2011 at 5:58 p.m.
Momus said...

Rolando where did you get this info? (Now we have a president who wants to take away our guns.)

July 15, 2011 at 7:08 p.m.
moonpie said...

L4F, Maybe the girls were black and the police were white....

you never thought of that?

surprising, since you so often inject race into things, Greg.

July 15, 2011 at 8:39 p.m.
RTZ said...

Lock 'em up I say! Dearest Midway police chief: You are truly a pathetic woman! Maybe you need to reduce your police force and trim the budget of your town. There is obviously little else to do there for your squad.

July 16, 2011 at 1:23 a.m.
Momus said...

Lemonade is a 'gateway' drug. Good job Midway PD.

July 16, 2011 at 8:15 a.m.
harrystatel said...

Midway Georgia Police Thwart Terrorist Lemonade Stand Threat!

"We had no choice but to shoot her—we thought she was going for a straw." Midway Georgia Police Department.

July 16, 2011 at 9:22 a.m.
LibDem said...

This is fun, but, a dollar to a cup of lemonade, I bet there is a small town story behind this that we will never see.

Personally, I think these girls are undercover agents the President sent to get rolando's guns. His fear is palpable.

July 16, 2011 at 10:45 a.m.
mark3mod11 said...

I saw this story on my local news and was disgusted by it . This is a small example of whats going wrong in the United States. Goverment and police out of control. Are the police so under worked that this is all they have to do, and is Midway safer for this action? I think the police chief should be fired for wasting gas and taxpayer money dealing with this issue and by the way I am amazed they didnt taze these criminals to make them come into compliance, and chief for you-you looked stupid on t.v. trying to defend thiS ridiculous action.Instead of stifling young productive children, we should praise them for their spirit.Great job midway polce.I suggest looking into budge cuts at the police dept.they have way to much time on there hands. People were talking about lemonade stands for crying out loud. SAVE AMERICA STOP STUPIDITY.

July 17, 2011 at 10:48 a.m.
Momus said...

For Rolando (sorry it took so long) -

"... We can reconcile those two realities by making sure the Second Amendment is respected and that people are able to lawfully own guns..." President Obama (

"As President, I will uphold the constitutional rights of law-abiding gun-owners, hunters, and sportsmen.." Sen. Obama (

July 21, 2011 at 4:36 p.m.
johnnyhurst said...

Moonpie, is that all that can think of to say? Really, you had pull racism out of of your a€£ on this one too? These cops probably shaking these girls down and shut em down when the quarters didn't add up one evening.

July 21, 2011 at 6:52 p.m.
vicki said...

"Midway Police Chief Kelly Morningstar says police didn’t know how the lemonade was made, who made it or what was in it." Kelly - Have you ever had a lemonade stand? I'm sure you have. Did the police come shut you down because you didn't have a business license? Maybe the police could have asked the girls how the lemonade was made, who made it and what was in it. Or ask their moms. I'll bet those smart girls told the police how much a cup of lemonade cost and they said 'No' when the police asked if they could have some for free. THAT'S why it got shut down.

August 1, 2011 at 8:21 p.m.
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