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Cops Squeeze Lemonade Stand, Issue $500 Fine

You can sell parking spots in US Open neighborhoods, but not lemonade
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2011 8:20 AM CDT
Cops Squeeze Lemonade Stand, Issue $500 Fine
This April 4, 2011 photo shows lemonade in bloom in Concord, N.H. This refreshing floral infused lemonade combines flowers with lemonade.   (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

(Newser) – A group of kids got a bitter lesson in American justice when they were hit with a $500 fine for operating a lemonade stand without a license. The real rub? The profits were earmarked for a charity to fight pediatric cancer. Officials said they cracked down on the stand, set up near the US Open in Bethesda, Maryland, because it was a major operation. "Cute little kids making five or ten dollars is a little bit different than making hundreds. You've got coolers and coolers here," the inspector grumbled. The fine was reportedly issued after they ignored several warnings.

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But some consumers were wondering why authorities were letting the public continue to get squeezed by hustlers in the area who, after buying a nearly $300 permit, are selling parking spaces on their lawns for as much as $60 a head. One neighbor boasted to a cop he had made enough in parking fees over the years to cover his kid's college tuition, reports WUSA-TV. (Read more US Open Golf stories.)

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