Bethesda, Md., Officials Shut Kids' Charity Lemonade Stand Near US Open

Friday, 17 Jun 2011 11:42 AM

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This hardly seems fair: Some enterprising children set up a lemonade stand to take advantage of the crowds flocking to the U.S. Open golf tournament, and the young entrepreneurs planned to donate the proceeds to charity. Bethesda, Md., officials not only shut down the stand but also fined their parents $500 dollars.

Meanwhile, their neighbors were charging U.S. Open fans up to $60 to park on their lawns.

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To be fair to Bethesda officials, this wasn’t your typical kiddie operation, and they had ignored two warnings, reports 9 News Now. In a video of an interaction between parent Carrie Marriott and a county inspector, she asks incredulously, “Does every kid who sells lemonade now have to register with the county?”

"Cute little kids making five or 10 dollars is a little bit different than making hundreds. You've got coolers and coolers here," the inspector responds.

Homeowners who had turned their lawns into parking lots paid the county $300 for permits. Some say they expect to make tens of thousands of dollars, with one homeowner claiming he has earned enough from various events to put his kid through college.



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