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PD Apologizes For Shutting Down Girls' Lemonade Stand

Associated Press

July 21, 2011

A Wisconsin police officer shut down two sisters’ lemonade stand, but city officials say it won’t happen again.

Ten-year-old Lydia Coenen and her 9-year-old sister Vivian Coenen were near their Appleton home Sunday morning, preparing to sell lemonade to people heading to a car show. But an officer told them the sales were prohibited by city ordinance.

The law went into effect last month and bars licensed vendors from selling food and drinks within a two-block radius of a special event.

Police have apologized to the family. Police Chief David Walsh says he’ll make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“Not our finest hour, but I believe the officer was acting in the spirit of inter-departmental cooperation rather than malice toward childhood lemonade stands,” Walsh said. “We often have to tell good people that their actions violate an ordinance. In this instance, it appears we went a step too far. I’ll make sure it does not repeat itself.”

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