APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — An Appleton police officer may have 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 a car show when 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.

The Post-Crescent of Appleton reports police have apologized to the family. Police Chief David Walsh says he’ll make sure it doesn’t happen again.

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Comments (19)
  1. Jake says:

    It’s about time these 9-year-old hooligans are stopped. What next? May baskets on their neighbors’ porches?

  2. Tom says:

    So this officer believed that these 2 girls were a threat to a big special event selling lemon aid in front of their house? MAJOR STUPIDITY!

  3. Del says:

    So does Barney Fife still have his patrol car and bullet?

  4. Common Man says:

    In China they would have been sent to a re-education camp for a year. No – joke. Anyone including children who do not have approval from the government to run any business are subject to harsh punishment. I’ll bet you are saying that will never happen here…. well just let our government keep growing… it will happen …

    1. realist says:

      You’re a whack job.

  5. Reallypeoples says:

    Wow, someone tell that idiot to leave policing, if you can’t make a better choice than that using common sense, how in the world is the public suppose to have faith in any serious decisions you have to make relating to crime, crime scenes, etc. ex: Hmmm is that blood on the door knob of this homicide scene, no gotta be ketchup dont touch it you will get dirty. Jeeepers what an idiot.

  6. diane says:

    thats a cop for ya—in the mean time while they are harrassing citizens, a real crime is happening—easy to pick on a 10 year old

    1. Get a Life says:

      Grow Up diane. As with any profession, there are bad cops who are jerks amongst the majority of good ones. I’m guessing at your workplace, the jerk is you.

  7. kevin says:

    It’s just another point of govenment encroaching in on things they need to stay out of. I’m all for police but common sense has gone to the wayside

  8. gonzo says:

    These criminal entrepreneurs were lucky they weren’t tased or maced. There is nothing more dangerous than unbridled capitalism. This obviously calls for another regulatory framework that should be implemented by a brand new executive branch administrative agency. And what exactly was in that so called lemonade? Were the ingredients and nutritional content clearly visible on the labels? were there labels? One shudders in horror thinking of the harm these greedy little wenches could have inflicted on an innocent public.

  9. Joseph says:

    Well, is it a law or isn’t it? If an adult was selling lemonade would we be having this conversation? While it seems innocent enough, maybe the girl’s father told them to go out and capitalize on all of the traffic going by so he could make his rent payment.

  10. Joseph says:

    What this story is saying is that it is OK for kids to break the law apparently. Next time I’m in Appleton I will pay a 10 year old to run my lemondae stand within 2 blocks of a special event so I can reap the profits that apparently a similarly motivated adult seller cannot.

    1. March113 says:

      You have to be the biggest idiot I have ever read on here. You are exactly what is wrong with this country , You follow your leaders and laws blindly.

  11. Heidi says:

    LIcensed vendors, people, are prohibited from selling. Not small children. Read the ENTIRE article before reacting and responding like a jerk.

  12. Choose your battles wisely says:

    I was watching a pro golf tournament on tv and a little girl had a lemonade stand set up in her backyard, which was adjacent to one of the fairways. Fred Couples walked up to her, bought some for himself and Tom Watson and handed her a $100 bill. That’s what the cop should have done…

  13. iHateMyBra says:

    Some car show beverage vendor probably sent the cop over to enforce the new law he’d lobbied so hard for.

  14. Mel says:

    Kids get so excited to sell something, regardless of how much money they make. This is teaching them smart business skills at a young age; create a desired product, price it right, and location, location, location. Good for the Appleton police department for dropping the charges and apologizing to the family. Hopefully those girls won’t be deterred from future business ventures.