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Young entrepreneurs collect money at their lemonade stand outside of the site for the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament in Bethesda, Md., Friday, June 17, 2011. The stand, originally setup up near the main entrance of the golf course, was forced to move and fined $500, The fine was later rescinded.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Young entrepreneurs collect money at their lemonade stand outside of the site for the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament in Bethesda, Md., Friday, June 17, 2011. The stand, originally setup up near the main entrance of the golf course, was forced to move and fined $500, The fine was later rescinded. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)  

$500 ticket issued for illegal lemonade stand

A $500 ticket for not having a vendor’s permit issued to…six kids running a lemonade stand? Yup.

The kids in Montgomery County, Maryland, who set up shop outside the Congressional Country Club where the U.S. Open is being held, had hoped to make a few bucks from thirsty passersby. But the fun quickly came to an end when a cameraman from a local news station caught a county inspector issuing the kids a ticket on tape.

By the end of the golf tournament’s opening day, after an outcry on the Internet, the county had canceled the ticket and moved the lemonade stand down a side street.

Jennifer Hughes of Montgomery’s Department of Permitting Services, told the Washington Post, “It wasn’t that we were the big hand of county government trying to come down and squash anything…We were attempting to do what a government is charged with doing, which is protecting communities and protecting the safety of people.”

The kids were, naturally, confused. Thirteen-year-old Isabella, who was tasked with watching over the younger kids selling the drinks, said, “I just think the whole thing was kind of insane that they made such a big deal about a small problem. In the first place, I don’t know how a 10-year-old could get a permit.”

Hughes said that the vendor laws are in place to stop illegal sales that often take place on the streets outside sporting venues, and that those laws don’t distinguish between adults and kids operating a lemonade stand.

(Taxes and government overreach are strangling American small businesses)

But the kids and their supporters aren’t backing down. Family friend Carrie Marriott told the Washington Post the kids have learned an important lesson: “When something’s right, you stand up for your beliefs. That’s what America’s about. It’s about free enterprise. It’s about taking an idea, making it happen and making it successful.”

The kids have taken what America is about to heart. They’ve decided the profits from their lemonade stand will go to charity.

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  • Kevom Reynolds

    You people are assuming that we need the state employees at all. All lawmakers, Federal, state and local and their entourage of servants should be taken off the payroll at once and the money returned to us, their bosses. There are enough laws. Let some responsible patriots, chosen from among us, gather for  one month each year, without pay and write laws that we have to approve by ballot. Bring the police under our rule once again. They are now employees of the state, serving and protecting the state; an arm of the tax gathering crowd. We must rescind oppressive laws that hamstring the public from freedom and do not protect the weak among us. More personal responsibility must be taught and expected from the population. We do not need some bureaucrat from the state telling what is good and safe to eat, as if he or she were wiser and smarter than we. We must drive the state from our homes. It is a private domain, a sanctuary and the authority of the home must not be violated. We now have young, single, childless women who know nothing of the complications of raising a family and running a home working for an oppressive organization called the Department of Human Services and Child Protective Services. It must be completely overhauled and given limited authority. The criminal element must be removed from its procedures. As a nation, we are in trouble and if nothing is done it will grow worse. The income tax should not be overhauled. It should be abolished and the country returned to the Constitution.

  • Kevom Reynolds

    You people are assuming that we need the state employees at all. All lawmakers, Federal, state and local and their entourage of servants should be taken off the payroll at once and the money returned to us, their bosses. There are enough laws. Let some responsible patriots, chosen from among us, gather for  one month each year, without pay and write laws that we have to approve by ballot. Bring the police under our rule once again. They are now employees of the state, serving and protecting the state; an arm of the tax gathering crowd. We must rescind oppressive laws that hamstring the public from freedom and do not protect the weak among us. More personal responsibility must be taught and expected from the population. We do not need some bureaucrat from the state telling what is good and safe to eat, as if he or she were wiser and smarter than we. We must drive the state from our homes. It is a private domain, a sanctuary and the authority of the home must not be violated. We now have young, single, childless women who know nothing of the complications of raising a family and running a home working for an oppressive organization called the Department of Human Services and Child Protective Services. It must be completely overhauled and given limited authority. The criminal element must be removed from its procedures. As a nation, we are in trouble and if nothing is done it will grow worse. The income tax should not be overhauled. It should be abolished and the country returned to the Constitution.

  • katz

    So you voted in the last election to prove you weren’t racist. Who you going to vote for in 2012 to show your not stupid?