Web Exclusive: Girl's lemonade stand shutdown

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(WTHR/CNN) -  When it warms up outside, it's not unusual to see children set up lemonade stands around town.  But in Indianapolis, confusion over health permits shut down a little girl's lemonade stand.

Thousands of kids took part in Lemonade Day Saturday in Indianapolis, Indiana.  It was a chance to learn about running a small business.

"I was very excited. I thought I was going to make a lot of money," says Morgen Morris. 

That's because Morgen Morris, who was sponsored by WIBC Radio, got to set up her spot at the Speedway on Pole Day, but just an hour after opening, an IMS employee put the brakes on.

"We had a line going, so I thought maybe we would make a lot of money, but then he said you have to shut down and he cut the line off," Morgen said.

She didn't have a permit from the Health Department.

"I was very sad. With that money, I had plans to buy a Kindle Fire. I just pictured it all doing down the drain," Morgen said.

Turns out on Lemonade Day, Morgen didn't need one.

IMS spokesman Doug Boles said, "It sounds like somewhere in the communication process the Lemonade Day communication didn't reach our folks that were sponsoring her."

Morgen's mom said, "Seeing her cry the way she did, She was devastated.  It hurt me.  I cried." 

But Morgen's mom used it as a business lesson.  "Things don't always go as you planned, sometimes there's a bump and you learn to overcome," she said.

IMS learned a lesson too, quickly making amends.

Morgen said, "I feel very happy about things.  The IMS, they were very apologetic.

The man was very apologetic.  He apologized.  He bought us ice cream." 


They told her the were donating $500 to the American Heart Association in her name. After hearing her story, two other people donated a total of $750.

"To know that a stranger called into help a family, children they've never seen before doing something good really touched me. We always teach our children there are a lot of good people in the world," Telisha Morris said.

Morgen says she learned from all of this-- when live gives you lemons, make lemonade!


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