Kids Busted For Selling Lemonade, “Legal-Aid” To The Rescue

Lemonade hustlers across America should take heed, Big Brother is watching. No permit, no lemonade stand.



Most of the players in America’s fledgling lemonade stand industry operate under-the-radar of local authorities, with stands popping up on residential streets one day, only to disappear the next. Prices for lemonade also vary by locale, and authorities have mostly given up trying to collect sales taxes.

Maybe that’s why some local governments are cracking down – ordering the stands to close unless the operators have obtained the required permits. Those permits generally cost tens of dollars – or several gallons of lemonade sold at 10 cents a glass.

Scrutiny on the illegal lemonade trade came to a head when, as reported by the Washington Examiner, Jennifer Knowles helped her three sons set up shop near Coors Field in Denver. It was a spot with high foot traffic, but they unintentionally picked a spot near another beverage vendor – who was selling lemonade for $7 a bottle! The police were called and the boys were forced to close shop.

But the Coors Field watering hole bust is not an isolated incident. Police in Georgia shut down a lemonade stand run by three girls who didn’t have a business license or the required permits. Even on residential property, the girls were told, you need a business license, peddler’s permit and food permit to operate. The permits cost $50 a day or $180 per year.

Overton, Texas, (near Houston) police and code enforcement officers shut down a stand opened by two sisters hoping to raise money to take their father to a waterpark on Father’s Day. (The water park has since donated tickets to the family.)

Last year, Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld (yes, that Jerry Seinfeld) said they encountered the lemonade Nazi at their summer home in the Hamptons. (“No lemonade for you!")

Police confirmed to The East Hampton Press that they received a complaint last August about illegally parked vehicles near the stand and had to put a stop to it because the Seinfelds were violating a village code that prohibits “peddling.”

Apparently, Jerry and his 12-year-old son were having fun raising money for the nonprofit Baby Buggy. Jerry’s wife posted on social media, “Lemonade dreams crushed by local neighbor but not before raising lots of money for @loverecycled. Thanks to all of our customers and big tippers!”

But what is one child’s crushed dream is a corporation’s public relations bonanza. CountryTime Lemonade says it will be distributing “refreshing justice” with a team it calls “Legal-Ade.”

Country Time’s parent company, Kraft Heinz, wrote in a press release:

“But this summer will be different. The CountryTime brand is taking a stand by introducing Legal-Ade: a crack team ready to straighten out lemonade stand-related permits and fines. Legal-Ade will defend kids’ right to a lemonade stand and all the benefits they bestow.

… Go ahead, kids. Run your lemonade stands. CountryTime Legal-Ade is on your side and will protect you. When life hands you outdated laws, make lemonade, and get Legal-Ade.”

CountryTime is offering parents the chance to apply for reimbursement of up to $300 for either permit fees to run their children’s lemonade stands—or the cost of fines associated with those penalized. Applicants must include their children’s descriptions of what the stands mean to them.

You can apply through

So, kudos to CountryTime for taking a stand and offering to help kids. It’s good PR and the right thing to do.


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Submitted by Anna Everson on Wed, 06/13/2018 - 04:58

Oh, that is so sweet, that these kids decided to start such great business - future wall Street's wolfs. I am really glad, that we have such young people, who think about their future and what they can do now to make something good and help their parents. we have such helpers at write my essay online service, where sometimes our kids help us with some simple work. And they do that because they want to do all these stuff, they want to be helpful.

Submitted by Chipper Hicks on Wed, 06/13/2018 - 11:19

Kids are easy prey for cops after leaving the coffee shop. Illegal drug Tax ? prostitution tax ? Cities always prey on people who pay taxes because they are easy money. cops and officials should be buying from kids and making friends with them instead of fines and permits.

Submitted by bob on Wed, 06/13/2018 - 15:12

Hey these kids could have just claimed that they were "undocumented"(which technically they were, the police would not have touched them with a ten foot pole. In Los Angeles the police look the other way when they encounter illegal cart vendors because they are often here illegally. Reverse racial profiling.

Submitted by Jeff from Michigan on Wed, 06/13/2018 - 19:12

What I find particularly disturbing about this whole saga is that in a world plagued with evil and violence, our law enforcement officials have to take time to investigate and pursue these ten year old scofflaws and that they would even need something like "legal-ade" in the first place.. Have we completely lost our minds and any resemblance to common sense and decency. Isn't it time for the adults in the world to start acting like adults and let the children act like, well, I don't know, children. Bravo to Countrytime and Kraf Heinz. Its just sad that its even necessary.

Submitted by Richard M Nelson on Thu, 06/14/2018 - 09:05

Sons of guns, sounds like some one has too much authority and time on their hands.
I am heading out to buy Country Time Lemonade powder...

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