The world is a sad and scary place, and kids are only reflecting that back to us. That’s the impression we get from the report out of Pennsylvania that one child held up a younger child’s lemonade stand with a BB gun, making off with $30. Have heart, though: other kids chased the culprit down and turned him in to police. [More]
First of all — to any would-be arsonists out there? It’s a really crappy thing to do, burning down an elementary school’s playground. But even though fiery actions taken by arsonists torched a 7-year-old New Hampshire girl’s school playground, she’s not letting it get her down. Instead, she’s opened a lemonade stand to raise money for a rebuilding effort.
Some children these days aren’t always peddling lemonade just to give their allowances a boost — in fact one Detroit kid sold his wares last week in order to give whatever boost he could to his entire city and pulled in quite a pretty penny for such a young entrepreneur. He managed to sell almost $3,400 from his stand as of last Friday to help Detroit through its financial struggles.
Writer Helaine Olen has a young son, and he engaged in a classic American summer activity: he started a lemonade stand on his quiet suburban street. He earns some spending money and probably learns some important lessons about customer service and profit, and the neighbors who patronize his stand get a refreshing beverage. But, Olen writes, her son’s customers want more than that. They ask what charitable cause his lemonade stand is raising money for, and disapprove when they learn that his stand is a for-profit venture. What the heck?
Every year, the Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) pedals through towns across Iowa. Some children in Coralville, one of the ride’s host towns, wanted to participate in the event by selling lemonade in front of their houses for a quarter per cup. Police celebrated their entrepreneurial spirit by promptly shutting down at least three lemonade stands for not obtaining $400 vendors’ licenses and a health inspection.
It’s the middle of summer, and we all know what that means: adorable kids learning the basics of capitalism by running lemonade stands. Among those basics: you need to lay down a few hundred bucks at City Hall before you even think about buying lemons and paper cups. Three Georgia girls thought they would earn money for a trip to the water park by selling lemonade in their neighborhood. They were successful…until the police chief happened to drive by, and shut them down for selling lemonade without business and food vendors’ licenses totaling $180.
UPDATE: The little girl has gotten a reprieve and is allowed to sell her lemonade without a license.
Sign of economic desperation: man robs kids’ lemonade stand, but the kids chase him into nearby house and call the cops, who arrest him and charge him with felony robbery. [AP]