Jerry Seinfeld's lemonade stand was busted by the cops after his ritzy Hamptons neighbors complained about illegally parked cars.
The comedian's son, Julian, and two of his friends posed for a photo with Jerry Seinfeld, hands behind their heads, after police in the village of East Hampton out on New York's Long Island brought their money-making-for-charity scheme to a halt, according to 27East.com
"Lemonade dreams crushed by local neighbor, but not before raising lots of money for @loverecycled," Jessica Seinfeld, the comedian's wife, wrote in the caption of the photo posted on Instagram. "Thanks to all of our customers and big tippers! Thanks, Xander and Jaden, for crushing it today with Julian and Jerry."
The family lemonade stand was raising money for Jessica Seinfeld's Baby Buggy charity, which was founded in 2001 after the birth of the couple's first child, said the New York Post
. The nonprofit has issued more than 16 million pieces of children's clothing, strollers and other gear to needy families for free.
East Hampton Village Police Chief Jerry Larsen told 24East.com that police received a complaint about illegally parked vehicles near the lemonade stand's location. Larsen also said Seinfeld's stand was illegal per village code for peddling on public property.
"If Jerry Seinfeld thought the Soup Nazi was bad ... he must've loved the Lemonade Gestapo busting his son's roadside charity biz out on Strong Island," said celebrity site TMZ
, dubbing it "Straight Outta Hamptons," a reference to the hit gangster rap movie "Straight Outta Compton."
The New York Daily News
described the incident as like the comedian dealing with meddling neighbor Newman on his long-running hit "Seinfeld" television series.
The Seinfeld lemonade stand intervention recalls a similar incident in Texas in June, when authorities in Overton shut down a stand run by an 8-year-old girl and her 7-year-old sister trying to raise money for a Father's Day present, as reported by KLTV
"A code enforcement officer and the chief, she called me to the side and said we needed a permit," said Sandi Evans, the mother of Andria and Zoey Green. "I think that's ridiculous. I think they're seven and eight and they're just trying to make money for their own cause."
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