NY city police fine 10 year old girl.....for LEMONADE STAND

@xfahctor (14128)
Lancaster, New Hampshire
August 17, 2009 7:59am CST
I don't know if this really belongs in politics, but i suppose it could go here, so here it is. New York city parl cops fined a 10 year old girl for selling lemonade and cookies with out a license. I don't really need to add too much commentary, the story speaks for itself. The fine is going to be dismissed apparently according to the park commissioner and granted, there are statutes, but a little girl selling lemonade? Come on. http://wcbstv.com/local/lemonade.stand.fine.2.1131308.html
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@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
17 Aug 09
A$$holes like him are why so many grow up learning to hate police officers. I am really disgusted by this. Heck, when I was a kid and had a lemonade stand cops would actually BUY the lemonade and would never dream of fining us for not having a business license. That's not even getting into the fact that in most states you don't need a license unless you have a certain number of employees or make a certain amount of profit. I'll have to research New York laws regarding this now.
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@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
17 Aug 09
Bah, I knew I should have read the story before posting. So it wasn't NYPD that did this, it was park agents. These morons aren't cops, they're more like park security and barely even that. Basically, you have a bunch of rent-a-cops on a power trip who were just too excited to act all big and bad with a ten year old around. I bet they were just drooling over the chance to use those little citation booklets and see how a carbon copy happens. Their official title is "The Parks Enforcement Patrol (PEP)."
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• United States
17 Aug 09
If they work for the State Parks Department as "park police" they actually have as much if not MORE power than the NYPD! I'm not sure about the City Parks Department, but the State Parks Department in NY is actually no joke, they even have the power to arrest you on our parkways since those highways are affiliated with our State Parks.
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• United States
17 Aug 09
I know the City (that's what New Yorkers who live or grew up in or near the 5 boros call it) is strapped for cash, and I also know that they give the cops quotas to fill (the City denies this but cops say off the record that it's true) but this is ridiculous! IF they had any sense at all they should have simply advised her and her dad that they are not allowed to do it on park property and then LET THEM GO! The family lives across the street from the park, they should have just told her to move the stand to in front of her building or something. Idiots.
@realan (520)
• United States
18 Aug 09
I think they would do the same thing even in front of their building. My bosses daughter was selling lemonade in front of her building in downtown NY and they shut her down. She was 6 at the time.
• United States
18 Aug 09
Wow, that's horrible!
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@irishidid (8578)
• United States
17 Aug 09
I just don't know what to say about this other than it seems they were just picking on a kid.
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@nonersays (2755)
• United States
17 Aug 09
Hmmmm...wonder if it made the cop feel all big and bad and tough, fining a little girl. These days you can't even put a yard sale sign at the end of your block without getting fined. A lemon aid stand never stood a chance.
@gossipzz (500)
• Canada
17 Aug 09
I read the story. It is a little harsh what they did. If they said they were leaving they should let them leave. I always look at both side of the story. There was an adult there. The father should have known better. There has to be rules and regulations for everyone to follow. If that was the case all of us adults would get a kid and go outside to make some money. We don't think kids can break the law. If you need a licence get one. Happy posting.
@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
17 Aug 09
Teach her not to become an evil profiteers. This girl needs to learn that she does not need to make money on her own, she can just depend upon government to meet all of her needs. Well all the statist should be happy right now their one size fits all laws working just how they are suppose too. I would say that this could only happen in NYC but I doubt it because regulations like this exist everywhere.
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@spalladino (17925)
• United States
17 Aug 09
What azzholes. IMO, not only should this case be dismissed but the officers involved should be reprimanded for using poor judgement. They are expected to use good judgement while on duty so they certainly weren't doing their jobs that day.
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• United States
17 Aug 09
What a bazar waste of time for the NYPD. Above that what a PR nightmare. I mean really, what was the little girl's plan....hmmm maybe make enough money to buy a doll or a toy...what are we talkin maybe $25 bucks! Whooo hooo..next thing you know the IRS will be calling her for their 35% cut of the supplemental income. What a joke.
@shaggin (37055)
• United States
29 Jul 12
Aww that is sad the little girl was probably really upset when this happened. Kids having a lemonade stand is some good clean fun. My dsughter was at her aunts house in maryland for 2 weeks and on the fourth of july my daughter and her cousins had a lemonade stand. My daughter got $9 she made and went to tjmaxx to buy herself things. She is 8. The next time we have a yard sale I told her that she could have a lemonade stand.
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
30 Aug 09
To the cops in this case, here are a few awards from me. "A winnar is you" [/sarcasm] "You're a big man... a Biggggggg man" [/more sarcasm] "Now you're THE MAN...again" [/epic sarcasm and pun] "F ine A ct of I ntegrity on L emonade" But remember bureaucracy hasn't done enough, oh no no... there are people (well mainly goons in government itself) calling for MOAR BUREAUCRACY! Little slip ups like this lemonade case are just unfortunate accidents of course... -_- Don't worry, this is just showing an example of the importance of licenses. Expect requiring a license for more important things in daily life... such as... - Jogging - Reading - Smoking - Using the Internet - Speaking - Listening to music made before 1990 - Practice your religion - Playing video games The above was humor with a bit of cynical. Feel free to chuckle (don't lie ;p).
@Stephanie5 (2947)
• United States
26 Aug 09
i'm kinda torn. i would think let the girl do somthin' constructive and positive.but then again who is the "decider" of who can get away with breaking laws? cute little girls,disabled,elderly? but a "normal" person has to follow all the rules? i probably would have just told her about the rule then let her go. fining her does seem a bit extreme.not to mention broke her poor little spirit!
@patms1 (522)
• United States
19 Aug 09
First they were park police and not city police. Second its the best thing to happen to her. The park commissioner not only cancelled the fine but yesterday was her first customer when she reopened the stand. Third the published she received will help make her a lot of money.
• United States
18 Aug 09
The fine might have been over the top, but I think the stand needed to be shut down. If you were walking through the park and got thirsty, who would you have bought a drink from? The cute little girl, or the man right across the path? Probably the little girl. Who needed the money more? It wasn't the little girl, I'll tell you that. The man across the path's feeding a wife and child on the money his stand makes; the little girl is doing this for spending money.
@Margajoe (4720)
• Germany
18 Aug 09
Wow, she must of made a lot of money for the cop to want to fine her! A gold mine lemonade stand. Are you not a loud to make a little money without getting fined? Then I guess the beggars on the street are in big trouble! Or they will have to get a license too????
@KrauseHome (35358)
• United States
18 Aug 09
To me this sounds a little odd as well. I can see if the family themselves was holding a Yard Sale or something without the legal permit, but for something like this that does not sound right. If I were the Parents I would be doing a little complaining and insist an apology for this one. Somewhere there needs to be a little more acceptance for these type of things for sure.
@dcastle (13)
• United States
18 Aug 09
I read or hear on the news quite often of muggings, rapes and murders that happen in New York parks. I wonder if one of these types of crimes occurred and went undetected while the park police were filling out all the paperwork to prosecute this child. This event suggests that the Park Police may have their priorities unprioritized.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
18 Aug 09
That is one of the dumbest things I have heard today. I guess this is indeed THE END... lol!
@realan (520)
• United States
18 Aug 09
My bosses 6 year old daughter set up a lemonade stand in downtown NY and they shut her down also. It was in front of the building they live in. Luckily they didn't fine her. It's crazy. Also heard they have even shut down a girl scout who set up a little stand in front of her house for her cookie sales.
@Hatley (164629)
• Garden Grove, California
18 Aug 09
xfahctor hi there this is apalling to pick on a ten year old child that way. what on earth. I am glad they reversed that decision. how dumb can officials get any.that was going way to far. she was doing no harm,now they have scared her and made her all upset shame on them.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
18 Aug 09
That is utterly ridiculous. The park attendants could have told the little girl and her father, "you cannot sell your lemonade here," and point to a place where it is all right and say "why not try over there. There are a lot of thirsty people who would pass there," and offer to help move it. And it is a tradition.