Do you remember your first lemonade stand? If you do, it most likely didn’t involve a $500 fine. For two Maryland families, their children’s lemonade stand led to a $500 fine issued by the county for “operating a lemonade stand without a permit,” according to the county’s local news. The stand was positioned nearby the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland where the US Open golf tournament was bringing in fans from across the globe.

The two families, the Marriotts and Augustines, found the fine to be both outlandish and unfair. “The message to kids is: there’s no American dream,” said Carrie Marriott, mother to some of the children. When asked to justify the fine, a county official stated: “Kids selling lemonade making five, ten dollars is a little different than making hundreds,” he said.

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