For three little girls, Police turn lemonade into lemons

Jul 16, 2011 Full story: Blackfive 14

I received an email about this from a reader in Georgia. He read about this story in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

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Nfran

Richmond, VA

#1 Jul 17, 2011
Common sense really no longer exists in this country. Once one would have encouraged the entrepreneurial spirit of the girls, now they are slammed by regulations (I guess this really is the new buisness model). Midway might want to get Verizon to stop running that ad with the lemonade stand.
Malcolm Duncan

Hinesville, GA

#3 Jul 19, 2011
This just shows how many people in this country jump to conclusions without bothering to get all the facts. The police shut down the girl's stand because they were waving signs too close to the street curb and it appeared that they had no supervision.Also there were 6 registered sex offenders living within blocks of the children.Really,haven't you learned by now that you can't rely on radio talk shows for the facts?As for the girls,they will be able to put up their stand at the Richmond Hill flea market this weekend.
J Smith

Richmond Hill, GA

#4 Jul 20, 2011
Also, the Mayor and City Council force the police to enforce the city ordinances and those girls with the lemonade stand were the granddaughters of a current sitting city council woman.
CouponSaver

Richmond Hill, GA

#5 Jul 21, 2011
So let me get this straight. These girls had their lemonade stand taken down because they were waving their signs too close to the street curb? Why not just ask them to back it up? Second, we can't stop living because there are sex offenders in our neighborhoods. Would the children be allowed to play outside? Are the police going to arrest children for playing a game of tag next?

The facts are these...there is no reason to shut down a childs lemonade stand. The reasons given are a lame attempt to deflect.
Malcolm Duncan

Hinesville, GA

#6 Jul 21, 2011
So,Saver,if one of the girls got into the street and was hit by a car,then the cops would be blamed for that.And if a child molester scooped one up then the cops would get blamed for that.Cops can't spend all of their time looking after 3 girls who should have been supervised better by their parents.
CouponSaver

Richmond Hill, GA

#7 Jul 21, 2011
Malcolm that is just silly. What would a police officer do, if he seen a child playing too close to the street? Tell the child to stay back? Or possibly talk to the parents? And do the police ban all children from playing in neighborhoods that have sex offenders in them? Of course not. So why does a lemonade stand change that? Do we have a Richmond Hill law that states no lemonade stands in neighborhoods with sex offenders? Where is that on the books?

No, this is at minimum overpolicing a simple situation better handled by talking to the parents. Sounds like these girls come from good stock. No need for the police to parent these girls.
CouponSaver

Richmond Hill, GA

#8 Jul 21, 2011
And btw the eldest girl in that group is 14 yo. How old does a child need to be in order to run a lemonade stand without the parents sitting beside them? Children play in neighborhoods all the time without parental supervision, many much younger than 14. Again why does a lemonade stand change that?
Malcolm Duncan

Hinesville, GA

#9 Jul 21, 2011
Fine,Bubba Coupon,let your kids run lemonade stands and run around w/o supervision.Then when one of them is kidnapped and his/her body is found in a shallow grave weeks or months later,then you will be on tv,boo-hooing your eyes out,crying about how precious he/she was.Times have changed since I was a kid,and you had better wake up to thhat fact.
CouponSaver

Richmond Hill, GA

#10 Jul 22, 2011
So you are saying kids shouldn't play outside or run lemonade stands? Quite a stance you are taking. Even if you believe this to be the best way to raise your children, the question remains does this have anything to do with the police. Even if I'm buying your ideas on raising children...it's a parent issue not a police issue.

PS-it's kinda tacky to judge your own posts.
these nutts

Plainview, AR

#11 Jul 22, 2011
Ok. Its just lemonade
Malcolm Duncan

Hinesville, GA

#12 Jul 22, 2011
My grandkids NEVER play outside without TRUSTED adults right there with them.And Trusted means either their parents or myself or my wife.And I didn't judge my post,must be some bug in the system.
Just So You Know

Saint Marys, GA

#13 Jul 22, 2011
Coupon Saver ~ I judged Malcolm Duncan's post (#9)because I agree with what he had to say.
CouponSaver

Richmond Hill, GA

#14 Jul 22, 2011
That is fine Malcolm. There is nothing wrong with being cautious. But, for me the eldest child was 14 yo. When is old enough? And for the record I have never allowed my children to play outside without my supervision but they are 8 and 6.

With all of that said, it's still distraction, and no one can seem to answer the question I propose. Do police officers regularly stop a game of tag because parents are not present? No. Why is a lemonade stand any different?
Malcolm Duncan

Hinesville, GA

#15 Jul 25, 2011
Police officers SHOULD stop a game of tag if there is a risk of the children being hurt.As far as whether a 14 year old being responsible,some are and some aren't...heck some 25 year olds aren't responsible.

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