Police shut down 8-year-old girl’s lemonade stand after Ohio food festival organizers complained

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Police shut down an 8-year-old girl’s lemonade stand after Ohio food festival organizers complained she didn’t have a license (but the police offered her $20 to help her buy one)

  • The police got a tip from a festival organizer and closed a girl’s lemonade stand
  • Asa Baker, 8, sold unlicensed at Ohio food festival last weekend
  • The officer gave her $20 to apply for a permit, but she was still short of money, so she settled outside a friend’s company, with the police promising to leave the new stall alone.
  • She has now brought in hundreds of dollars and attracted sympathetic clients

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The police got a tip from a festival organizer and closed the lemonade stand of an eight-year-old girl

The police got a tip from a festival organizer and closed the lemonade stand of an eight-year-old girl

Police received a complaint from festival organizers about an eight-year-old girl selling lemonade at the Ohio food festival and promptly closed her booth.

Asa Baker was selling the lemonade for $1 a glass near where her father works in Alliance this weekend when the agent approached her.

They had received a tip from a member of the public and decided to close her down.

The officer gave Baker $20, which they said they would use to purchase a license.

“Well, they were really sad they had to shut me down, but they gave me $20 to try and pay for it,” Baker told Fox News.

But a sales permit costs $40, Asa’s mother said, leaving the little girl short of the total amount needed for the five-day permit.

Asa Baker, 8, was selling the lemonade for $1 a glass near where her father works in Alliance this weekend when the officer approached her

Asa Baker, 8, was selling the lemonade for $1 a glass near where her father works in Alliance this weekend when the officer approached her

Asa Baker, 8, was selling the lemonade for $1 a glass near where her father works in Alliance this weekend when the officer approached her

Alliance Police Lieutenant Don Wensel said police are not targeting children selling lemonade, but the city ordinance requires vendors to be licensed before selling anything at the food festival.

The festival organizers disagreed with the request to file the complaint, he added.

“I could definitely tell he didn’t want to cut her off, but I mean, you get a call, he has to do it,” said Katrina Moore, Asa’s mother.

“He certainly did the right thing, you know, in the situation he was placed in.”

On Friday, however, Baker’s lemonade stand was up and running again.

The officer gave her $20 to apply for a permit, but she was still short of money, so she settled outside a friend’s company, with the police promising to leave the new stall alone.

She had set up shop in front of local entrepreneur Eric Strata, while police said they would not interfere.

“He (the officer) had to do his job, but it felt so unfair to me because she’s 8, she’s just an innocent girl who wants to get motivated and do something with herself. Why shut that down?’ said Strata.

Baker has brought in hundreds of dollars, WJW-TV reported, with customers sympathizing with her story.

More than 50 people have donated and raised more than $200, according to a Facebook post from the family.

MailOnline has requested permission to use Asa Baker’s family photos.

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