What happens when the can-do spirit of the Lone Star State meets the bureaucratic hell of the People’s Republic of Austin?
Wow. The two little girls, Andria and Zoey Green of Overton, were just trying to raise money for a Father’s Day gift when the heavy-hand of government came crashing down on their dreams. And check out what happens when the family tries to comply with the requirement:
The girls’ mother, Sandi Evans, said they went to try to get a Peddler’s Permit at City Hall, but found out they’d have to get licensed by the Rusk County Health Department before being allowed a Peddler’s Permit.
But these are Texans were talking about and they figured out how to beat the man:
“Once we found out everything we would have to go through, we just decided to stop technically selling the lemonade,” Evans told ABC News today. “The girls are still going to have the stand, but they’re just going to ask for donations instead.”
Now that the media is covering the story, local businesses are stepping up and showering the family with gifts:
“We received free passes to Splash Kingdom, where the girls wanted to take their dad for Father’s Day,” Evans said. “We got them from the owners of the theme park and then again from a radio station.”
Careful, girls — those gifts are probably taxable. Make sure your parents declare them on their 2015 taxes!