Girl Scouts sue city to sell cookies in their driveway

7:05 AM, Mar 13, 2012   |    comments
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Hazelwood (KSDK) -- For the past seven years, sisters Abigail and Caitlin Mills have sold Girl Scout cookies to their Hazelwood neighbors.

"Instead of our parents taking it and selling to their co-workers and us do nothing," says Abigail from the make-shift stand out of the back of her parents' van. "We could actually take charge."

But the Mills sisters have a bit of a marketing problem this year after they were forced to move to a new location.

"I was upset," said Abigail. "I didn't feel like it was fair to us and to other people because they count on us to be here."

Last year, the city of Hazelwood shut down the girls' stand in the drive way of their home, citing a complaint about traffic and a city law that prohibits selling anything out of a private residence.

"The real question in this case is whether a city can restrict anything that it wants as far as how you use your property," says Dave Roland the Director of Litigation with the Freedom Center of Missouri, "or whether there are some things that are so harmless that the city does not have the constitutional authority to tell you that you can't do it."

With help from their parents and pro bono help the Freedom Center of Missouri, the girls are suing the city. Monday a judge denied Hazelwood's request to throw out the case.

"We're not trying to be disrespectful of the city we're just trying to sell our cookies and help our girl scout troop," says Caitlin.

Roland says it could be months before the judge rules in the case. And he says it's not the first case of its kind - citing a dozen similar instances of cities banning kid-run enterprises around the country.

"We really thing the time is right for a court to make a stand on this issue," says Roland

Calls to the city of Hazelwood for comment on the lawsuit were not returned.

Casey Nolen, KSDK

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