Nacogdoches police fine with kid's lemonade stand despite no permit

Nacogdoches police fine with kid's lemonade stand despite no permit
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - For some it's a hobby, for others the underlying meaning of lemonade stands goes deeper.

"The first day we got $12 and the second day we got $16 and today, so far we have 20 something," said Owen Schaefer, 10 years-old selling lemonade with his siblings.

They're often the typical way for kids to easily earn money during the summertime, especially in the Texas heat. But it's what many don't know that can get them into trouble with law enforcement. In order to legally sell lemonade, you must first obtain a permit.

The Schaefer's don't have one, but that's not cause for concern for the Nacogdoches Police Department.

"These young people out here are doing something that's positive and if we can form a good relationship with them right now, that's positive for us as well," said Greg Sowell, Nacogdoches PD.

And it's where The Schaefer's plan to send part of the money that caught the attention of nearby neighbors.

"My big brother is hosting a girl named 'ReRe' from Indonesia," Schaefer said.

ReRe will get at least 50 percent of the proceeds, which has led some customers to dig a little deeper into their pockets.

"It only costs 25 cents but they say keep the change, a bunch," said Schaefer.

That's something local law enforcement can see, which leaves the crime on this lemonade stand...

"Pretty low," Sowell said.

Sowell adds the Schaefer kids will not be charged or arrested for today's lemonade stand.

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