The officer noticed her staring back at him as he approached her. She was petrified. She didn’t know why she had caught his attention. To make things worse, her family wasn’t home. They’d gone out to for a bit. But somehow, he found them. Suddenly, he made a sharp turn and opened his patrol car’s door. Then he leaned in to grab something from the seat. What was going on? She wondered. He shut the door and continued walking towards her. Then, it all made some strange kind of sense. But she still wasn’t sure how to handle this situation.
A Whole New Experience
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Melissa Garcar wasn’t comfortable around cops. As a child, she noticed the way her parents would stiffen up whenever an officer of the law was around. Eventually, she met a guy who felt the same way she did. They eventually moved in together in Lake County, Ohio, with their two kids. The crime rate was low, which meant the neighborhoods were safe. Education was affordable too. Melissa avoided interacting with cops. But she didn’t expect her 9-year-old daughter, Gabrielle, to change all of that. Gabrielle had asked her parents to get her a gaming tablet for quite a while now, but the family was on a budget. Fortunately, Gabrielle came up with the perfect solution to earn some money.
Work For It
Gabrielle decided to create a lemonade stand, the way most kids her age do. Her parents thought it was a great way for her to earn the money she needed. Plus, it would teach her the value of money while keeping her busy for a couple of hours too. Gabrielle was charming and smart. Melissa was confident that her daughter would make some money. But there was one major issue. They were living in a rural area, and there weren’t any pedestrians. Melissa was afraid that her daughter would end up disappointed. So, she did what any mother would do. She took matters into her own hands, and together, they came up with a great idea.
Open For Business
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There was one person in the family tree who lived in a livelier neighborhood… Gabrielle’s grandmother. Her condo was the perfect venue to put a lemonade stand. People often parked in this area before heading out into town. The stand would be in an area where there was plenty of foot traffic. And Gabrielle didn’t need a lot of help. She made her own signs, borrowed some tablecloths, and grabbed some cups. She also knew how to make lemonade because she’d done it hundreds of times for her mom. Before long, word of Gabrielle’s lemonade stand spread like wildfire. Eventually, she was rushing to wash dirty cups at her grandmother’s condo. But when she came back to the lemonade stand, she noticed a parked car outside.
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The red and blue lights flashed and an officer stepped out of his patrol vehicle to greet the nearby residents. Then he headed straight for Gabrielle’s lemonade stand. Meanwhile, Melissa watched from the door. Were they in trouble? Did they need a permit for this? He gave her daughter a smile and asked, “How much are you charging today, Miss?” Gabrielle grinned and replied, “Fifty cents.” Like a typical business person, the little girl didn’t give out any discounts. This made Melissa laugh. The cop gave her $3 and told her he’d let others know about the lemonade stand. Gabrielle graciously accepted the free advertisement. But she didn’t realize it would have such huge results.