Lemonade Stand Closed

August 5, 2009 1:26:25 AM PDT
Seven year old Daniela Earnest says she got into the lemonade business, for a good cause. She said, "Well, I thought Disneyland was pretty fun and we could go there by selling lemonade."The third grader is a veteran. Her Dad, Ed Earnest says he got her started selling the stuff when she was just in kindergarten. He said, "It's important to instill that work ethic into everybody, at least in our family, that's the way it's going to be."

Teaching a kid the value of a buck may be a good idea, but the Mayor of Tulare, Craig Vejvoda says the city code enforcement officer who shut down the stand had other concerns. Mayor Vejvoda said, "She was on a very busy intersection. Has no curb and gutter. Like I say, it was one of the most dangerous intersections in our community. It just was not a safe place to be."

Code Enforcement also noted the stand was operating without a permit. Now, the Mayor says if the stand had been in Daniela's front yard, there wouldn't have been a problem. But, her parents say there's not enough traffic in their neighborhood to make enough money for that trip to Disneyland. Daniela Earnest plead their case before the Tulare City Council on Tuesday night. She said, "Well, we were selling lemonade and a code enforcement person came and shut us down."

The council members were moved, and promised the city would try to work something out so Daniela could keep selling lemonade somewhere, and still learn that valuable lesson.

Her Dad put it this way, "No free rides. Life is not about that."

But, it seems there may be some almost free rides after all. After seeing her story in the paper, a local radio station gave the family four-two day passes to Disneyland ... in exchange for 30 glasses of lemonade.

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