Maryland Kids Fined $500 For Setting Up A Lemonade Stand Without A Permit At U.S. Open!

Fri, June 17, 2011 1:16pm EST by 4 Comments

The worst part is, the young boys were trying to raise money for a cancer society! Can you believe this?!

One of the boys’ mother, Carrie Marriott, told a local news station, “This gentleman from the county is now telling us because we don’t have a vendor’s license, the kids won’t be allowed to sell their lemonade.” Understandable, but can’t you just send them on their merry way WITHOUT fining them!?

Even though Carrie told the officer the money raised was being donated to pediatric cancer, the officer STILL issued the fine.

The officer pointed to the many coolers of lemonade the boys had and said, “Cute little kids making five or ten dollars is a little bit different than making hundreds. You’ve got coolers and coolers here.”

Meanwhile, down the road from the U.S. Open, people are paying the government over $300 for the right to charge others to park on their lawn. One man told a reporter he’s making enough money this week to put his daughter through a year of college! People are charging up to $60 A DAY for parking spots on their front lawn! Would you let people drive all over your garden just to make a buck??

Carrie said she doesn’t see a difference between people charging money to park on their lawns and boys selling lemonade for a good cause. “The message to kids is, there’s no American dream,” she said.

What do you think? We know rules are rules, but couldn’t the county just have let this one slide? Especially since it’s for a good cause!

–Scott Galina

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Posted at 6:12 PM on August 2, 2011  

does anyone know where i can read the WHOLE story not just this one? we all know how hollybaby and hollywood life like to only print what they want not the whole truth!!! lol

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Posted at 1:38 PM on June 17, 2011  

No, they can’t just let this one slide. Then they’d end up with an entire bureaucracy trying to determine which “charity stands” in the future were legit. and which ones were not. That’s why they have these laws.

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Mel H

Posted at 3:41 PM on June 17, 2011  

That’s NOT the point. These were *KIDS*. They were doing this to help, not hurt. They could have just said, “Sorry kids, you have to take this down.” And then LET IT GO. Bad move, and bad press for the US Open.

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Daniel C.

Posted at 4:42 PM on June 17, 2011  

I didn’t see it mentioned in this article, but I read elsewhere that the kids/family were warned TWICE about their lemonade stand. I believe the officer also explained that the homes offering up their lawns as parking had purchased permits…

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