An 8-year-old girl selling soda pop near a food festival in Ohio had to be shut down by local police after receiving a complaint.
Asa Baker was selling lemonade in an alley outside the store where her father works near the Alliance, Ohio Rib and Food Festival last weekend when she said a local police officer asked her to close the stand. WJW-TV reported.
“Well, they were really sad that they had to shut me down, but they gave me $20 to try and pay for it,” Baker said, explaining that the officer gave her $20 so she could buy the permit she needed .
Allianz Police Lieutenant Don Wensel told WJW-TV that police have received a complaint from festival organizers who appear to be conflicted about voicing their concerns, but ultimately officers are obliged to enforce local ordinances.
“I could definitely tell he didn’t want to close them but I mean you get a call he has to do it. He definitely did the right thing, you know, in the situation he was put in,” Katrina Moore, Asa’s mother, told the outlet.
Wensel said that while police don’t target children selling soda pop, the city ordinance in Alliance says vendors must obtain licenses before selling products to the public, leading to this “unusual circumstance.”
“To get a food vendor license it only takes five days and it’s $40 for five days, so that’s kind of out of the picture. If she wants to sell on the street, she needs a street permit. If she’s selling in front of a store, we need to get an attorney’s license,” Moore said.
Baker’s lemonade stand was operational again Friday outside the location of local business owner Eric Strata, where police said they would not interfere. Strata saw a Facebook post about Baker’s predicament and offered to help with the permitting process.
“He (the officer) had to do his job but it just felt so unfair to me because she’s 8 years old, she’s just an innocent little girl who wants to be motivated and do something with herself. Why are you turning that off?” Strata said.
Scores of people have passed by the lemonade stand since the initial incident, and Baker has collected hundreds of dollars, WJW-TV reported.
“I understand the rules, I understand why it was closed. It’s just a sad, sad situation,” Moore said.
The Alliance Police Department and festival organizers did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.
https://nypost.com/2022/08/14/ohio-girl-asa-bakers-lemonade-stand-near-food-festival-shut-down-after-complaint/ Ohio girl Asa Baker’s lemonade stand has been closed after a complaint