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Police bust lemonade stand in Pennsylvania

CHESTER, Pa., July 19 (UPI) -- The deputy police chief in Haverford Township, Pa., says a police officer's decision to shut down a lemonade stand run by children was a misunderstanding.

Deputy Chief John F. Viola said the officer shut down a lemonade stand run by seven children because the young entrepreneurs were allegedly peddling their refreshments to residents by visiting their homes, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Saturday.

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Viola said the lemonade stand visit by the officer, whose identity was not released, was prompted by a call from a concerned neighbor.

"We all sold lemonade when we were kids," Viola said. "We all went, like, who calls (police) on kids?"

Viola said while peddling without a license is illegal in Haverford Township, those laws do not apply to children under the age of 16.

The deputy chief defended the responding officer over the July 10 mix-up, saying he was simply acting on available information.

"The police officer would have no way of knowing this on the street," Viola told the Inquirer.

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