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article imageLemonade stand with no licence causes controversy

By Lynn Curwin     Jun 17, 2011 in Business
Bethesda - The parents of children who were operating a lemonade stand without a permit near the US Open were fined $500, but after some negative publicity the fine was waived and the stand was allowed to remain open-but in another area.
Children from the Marriott and Augustine families, in Bethesda, Maryland were selling drinks from a stand along a busy road. They were ordered to shut down, and when they continued to operate their parents were fined $500.
Carrie Marriott, one of the mother's of the children involved, asked an inspector if every child selling lemonade now has to register with the county.
"The message to kids is, there's no American dream," she told WUSA9.
Business Insider reported that Jennifer Hughes, director of permitting for the county, pointed out that the stand was very large and close to a busy road.
Since the story became news the county decided to waive the fine and told the children they could reopen, but at a spot about 100 feet away from where they had been operating.
Hughes said that the children were selling bottled drinks out of four large coolers, under a 10X10 tent. Their drinks were $2 each.
"This is not what you would see when you picture a typical lemonade stand." she told WUSA9.
She added that the regulations were designed to address traffic concerns, safety and unlicensed vendors flooding into the area.
The children had a sign up stating that 50 per cent of their profits would go to charity. Marriott said money would be donated toward pediatric cancer.
Other children have had stands shut down for operating without permits.
Last summer seven-year-old Julie Murphy, of Oregon had officials shut down her lemonade stand, where she was selling drinks for 50 cents, at an art fair.
Twelve-year-old Mackenzie Burke Sikorra, who was selling lemonade, popcorn, and dogs treats he and his mother made, to dog walkers at a park in British Columbia was also shut down by officials last summer. He had been trying to raise money for uniforms for his soccer team.
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