Lemonade stands are a beloved summertime tradition. They help kids learn responsibility, interacting with adults, and of course basic math - not to mention getting kids outside in the summer!
Recently, someone called the police on three young brothers who were running a small lemonade stand near Denver. The police shut down this "unlicensed business." The boys didn't have a permit, which would have cost them $125 per day.
Stories like this one happen every year, in cities and towns across the country. Similar instances have happened in Georgia and Texas. Shouldn't kids be allowed to be kids?
To Neighbors & Police:
Shutting down a lemonade stand shuts down an opportunity for wholesome summer fun. Kids should be allowed to set up these simple roadside stands without having to duck the law or buy a pricey permit. After all, the goal of a lemonade stand is not to establish a business, but to give kids a fun way to interact with their communities and learn the very basics of buying and selling.
Lemonade stands run by young children should not be subject to restrictive business regulations. No innocent kid should be apprehended by police over a simple refreshment stand. Yet stands are getting shut down in different places across the country. Life is giving these kids lemons. Instead, let them make lemonade!