Why Do People Hate Lemonade Stands?
Calm down, people. It's just lemonade. The most recent, and probably most high profile, in a string of lemonade stand crack-downs involved Jerry Seinfeld's son.
Julian Seinfeld set up a lemonade stand with his friends to raise money for a charity. The kids were raking in the dough when an angry neighbor called the cops to shut it down. The neighbor claimed the stand was chaos and attracted too many customers, causing cars to park illegally.
Jerry's wife posted an Instagram photo of the kids and Jerry posing as if they'd been arrested.
A quick Google news search reveals that lemonade stands all across the country are facing a crackdown. Texas, Iowa, California... Police cite lack of permits and in some cases, they say kitchen inspections are required for these lemonade stands. Other times, they're just a public nuisance and need to be closed. What? Is that really necessary?
As far as I can tell, lemonade stands in Maine are immune to these shut downs. Maine is, after all, open for business. Just this week a community in Hollis setup a lemonade stand for a child fighting leukemia and raised over $1,000.
Should these lemonade stands be shut down? Should we crush the dreams of fledgling entrepreneurs by shutting down their first business venture? Or is this a valuable lesson in running a legal operation?