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Appleton police sorry for lemonade stand shutdown


APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - City officials in Appleton now admit they made a mistake when they told two young girls to stop selling lemonade outside the city’s Old Car Show on Sunday.

It’s been a neighborhood tradition for 15 years. But police told nine-year-old Vivian Coenen and 10-year-old Lydia Coenen to shut down their lemonade stand on Sunday morning.

An officer told them they were breaking a city ordinance.

The ordinance was passed last month in Appleton. It bans licensed vendors from selling food-and-drinks within two blocks of any special events, to protect non-profit groups selling food inside.

Lots of folks complained after the kids got shooed away.

Officials then noticed the ordinance was meant to prohibit only licensed vendors – and kids don’t need licenses to sell lemonade.

Appleton Police Chief David Walsh said he and his department took full responsibility – but his officers didn’t mean to harm the kids, and they’ll get training on how to properly carry out the new ordinance.