Officers in Texas told two little girls their lemonade stand was illegal and ordered them to shut it down because they didn’t have a permit (seriously, guys?). Andria and Zoey Green say they were just trying to raise about $100 to buy their dad a nice Father’s Day present (they wanted to take him to Splash Kingdom), and had only made about $25 hawking drinks and kettle corn by the time the police arrived. But authorities quickly cited Texas House Bill 970 as the reason for the closure, which does not allow the sale of food that needs time or temperature control to keep it from spoiling. The sisters say they’ll try again this weekend, only they’ll give their lemonade away for free and accept donations only.
There might be some, er, logistical problems with that. Maria Duran, 54, seems to have a weird obsession with the sun. In 2010, she had the fireball registered in her name at a notary office in Spain and then threatened to bill solar power users. Afterwards, she began selling one-square-metre plots of the sun for the low price of one euro each. eBay later pulled her listings and blocked the account, saying she violated the company’s intangible goods policy. Duran, who says she received more than 600 orders for the plots, is now suing eBay for the commissions she says they took from her. The trial begins in July.
Talk about shooting yourself in the–oh wait. When Colorado police responded to a call involving an accidental discharge, they were surprised when the man assured them it was anything but accidental. Adam Hirtle told the officers that he went into his garage, where he intentionally aimed a .22 caliber, semi-automatic handgun at his foot and fired. He then put a boot back on the foot and shot himself again. Hirtle did not sustain any life-threatening injuries, but was charged with reckless endangerment and child abuse, as children may have been in the vicinity when he fired the weapon.
We have a new candidate for mom of the year! According to police, Virginia woman Laquanda Newby, 25, had been accused of leaving a child in a hot car while she went grocery shopping last month. Authorities say that when she showed up on Monday to turn herself in, however, she did so while leaving a one-year-old and six-year-old boy in the same car with the windows rolled up. It was 32 C outside that day. Officers pulled the kids from the vehicle, who “seemed to be OK”, while Newby was charged with three counts of contributing to the delinquency or abuse of a child. The kids are now with their dad.
Sharks are the WORST drivers! OK, that’s not really what happened. A truck carrying four sharks to an aquarium on Coney Island blew a tire and ran off a highway in Florida, where it veered into a wooded area. One of the sharks was, unfortunately, killed after being ejected from its tank. A team from SeaWorld later arrived to rescue the remaining three, and hauled them to a nearby park location. The sharks will remain there until arrangements can be made to send them to New York. None of the human passengers were injured.