Children Are Not Above The Law In Midway, Georgia

With all the dangerous criminals on this planet traversing the cosmos, the local law enforcement officials should have better things to do than to shut down a lemonade stand operated by children.  The story appeared in the Atlanta Journal Constitution which a friend who is a lawyer in Georgia posted on Facebook.

City of Midway Police Chief Kelly Morningstar and another officer ordered the three young women to close their lemonade stand.  The funds were going to be used for a trip to a water park.

There is a city ordinance which requires a permit to operate a business (a lemonade stand is a business).  The permit costs $50 a day or $180.00 per year.

How much lemonade would these young women need to sell to just purchase a permit?  In defense of the Police Chief she is just enforcing the “law”. 

Of course, there are health concerns, especially staphylococcus aureus, as another friend posted on Facebook. However, in my travels I have been in a number of places where health concerns were the last order of business to the proprietor.

The mayor of this small Georgia town is Dr. Clemontine Washington; Council Members are listed in the link below on Midway.  Contact information is there in case you want to express your opinion on this injudicious act.

The banner for Midway is “a growing city with a hometown feel”. All the best to them on this noble endeavor.

I hope the young women raise enough funds to visit the water park.  It is hot in Georgia in the summer.

A nice tall glass of lemonade would satisfy a weary traveller.  Alas, it could not be purchased from children in Midway because “didn’t know how the lemonade was made, who made it or what was in it.”

I like a bit of lime in my lemonade, but our family recipe cannot be published.  It’s a secret handed down from great, great grandmother. 

G. D. Williams       © 2011


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Update August 1 2011 AJC Back In Business

The Jekyll Island Authority invited the girls from Midway — 14-year-old Kasity Dixon, 12-year-old Tiffany Cassin and 10-year-old Skylar Roberts — to sell their lemonade at Summer Waves Water Park at the island state park. Island officials said the girls planned to be there Sunday.

Jekyll Island staff not only invited the girls, but built them a new lemonade stand.

Jekyll Island