E. Texas family hoping for law change after lemonade stand is shut down

Published: Jun. 13, 2015 at 8:37 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 14, 2015 at 2:11 AM CDT
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(Source: KLTV Staff)
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OVERTON, TX (KLTV) - The two East Texas girls, who had their lemonade stand shut down by police because they didn't have a permit, reopened for business Saturday morning.

This time, they were in their front yard, giving the lemonade away and accepting donations. Neighbors and supporters dawned bright yellow shirts that read, 'When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.'

That's exactly what Zoey and Andria Green did after their first lemonade stand was shut down.

"We were just there for an hour and the cops came and they said we need a permit," Andria Green said.

Since that incident, the Green girls' story has gone viral, but their mom Sandi Evans, says not all the feedback has been positive.

"We gotten some backlash from the citizens in Overton about me bringing hatred to our community," Evans said.

Evans says she understands the decision by police to enforce the law, but it's that law that needs to be changed.

"If we can make change for all the children in Texas to have a legal lemonade stand, then I will take this brutal beating from this community," Evans said.

For Zoey and Andria, they had one goal: raise enough money for a fun day at Splash Kingdom with their dad.

"Me and Andria like the lazy river, we like that one, my favorite," Zoey Green said.

"It's the wettest place of them all and it's the kingdom of splashes," Andria Green said.

But Evans believes this is about more than just a day at the water park.

"This isn't about tickets, this isn't about money, I can buy what I want. It's generous that tickets are being donated, now we can pay it forward. We're going to wait for the state to change the law and as soon as they change the law, we'll set back up if we can," Evans said.

And even though her girls are only seven and eight years old, Evans believes their lemonade stand is a lesson they can keep with them forever.

"I think that they are going to remember this, they'll learn and look forward in their life and say my mother never stood for us backing down," Evens said.

Evans says she plans to have the health department out to inspect their kitchen next week, so they can get a permit and set up their lemonade stand in their original location.

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