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Children’s Families Fined $500 For ‘Illegal’ Lemonade Stand

Anthony Gucciardi
June 17th, 2011
Updated 01/04/2013 at 5:41 am
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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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  • nea

    So let me get this straight, if the kids make lots of money then the State wants their cut? If they just make a few bucks then it is okay…..Well maybe that is fair…..but it depends on how much the permit costs, doesn't it. You going to buy a 200 permit to sell 4.00 worth of lemon-aide. They had no idea in advance if it would be profitable. Something is wrong with government when they can't be satisfied with making their money from established business. Good Grief these are just kids……

  • Warren

    If I was the parents of the 2 kids I would try and get the people of the town or city behind them and say no to the fine I will not pay this, take me to court they are just kids and there is not very many adults out there that has not done the samething when they was just kids, come on people stand up and be counted don't let this stop the kids from having some fun once in awhile.

    Take you heads out of that hole that you are hiding in and see whats going on here.

  • Warren

    Everywhere you look today the citys and towns are looking everywhere to make up the $$$$$$$$ that they don't have and this is just 1 of many ways that they are finding to do that.

    Its all about the money and they are out of control.