Lemonade stands are a right of passage for kids. It teaches them about entrepreneurship, and about how to successfully market and sell a sub-par product. It also teaches them how business is mostly just capitalizing off someone else’s work. Really important business stuff. Which is why it’s infuriating that 2019 has so many narcs out there, calling the police on lemonade stands.
The latest happened in upstate New York. A 6-year-old was bored and wanted to organize a lemonade stand with a group of friends. Her mom helped them get started and each of the five kids involved had a different job. You know, typical lemonade stand stuff. And then someone called the police on them because they were so successful it began to slow traffic a touch.
And the cops responded in a way that should be a lesson to people everywhere that call the police for this sort of thing. They did not shut down the lemonade stand. What they did, instead, was become the latest customers by ordering drinks.
“The officer comes out and says, ‘Would you believe that someone called me about kids in the middle of the street selling lemonade? I’m not going to shut you down, I’m actually going to buy a cup,” the mom told Yahoo. “They were interacting with the kids and making them feel happy. They told them they were doing a good job and to keep it up.”
Perhaps the craziest part of this entire story is just how successful the lemonade stand was, as the kids earned more than $500. They’re safe from the cops but hopefully, the IRS doesn’t catch wind of their windfall.
This may be the most successful drink operation since the root beer salesman with the “COLD BEER” sign.