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Well, at least there’s some drama at the U.S. Open– local children cited for charity lemonade stand

Jun 19, 2011, 10:10 AM EDT


What’s a weekend in D.C. without some bureaucratic controversy and over-priced drinks?

While Rory McIlroy’s best Tiger Woods impression and subsequent 8-stroke lead heading into the final round of this year’s Open has sucked most of the drama* out of a typically drama-filled four-day event (*unless he chokes), leave it to the local kids of super-posh Bethesda, MD to cause some good old-fashioned trouble by opening an illegal lemonade stand, and doing it for charity. That’s right, they opened a lemonade stand, they did it for charity, and they were still cited for it by some busybodying Montgomery County officials, who must have been taking it upon themselves to show these kids that no good deed goes unpunished, particularly in our Nation’s capital. From ESPN:

Kids from two families put up the stand on private property — a neighbor’s yard that just happens to be on a corner across from a spectator entrance to Congressional.

During Thursday’s first round, they received three visits from county officials, twice with a warning. The third time, a citation was issued for operating the stand without a permit. It carried a fine of up to $500 and required a court appearance.

Judge: How do you plead?

Defendant: Um, I’m six?

Judge: Guilty!

Thankfully once the story gathered a little PR steam, county officials gave way to cooler heads and rescinded the citation and fine, allowing the little industrialists of tomorrow to move their summer beverage operation down the street. Besides, how much business could a little stand with crudely drawn signs and watered-down lemonade in a pitcher really do?

The stand is more elaborate than most. There’s a canopy and plenty of coolers of bottled lemonade. By mid-afternoon, the children had raked in a good haul, including a $250 check from a man who heard of their plight.

Oh right, I forgot this took place in Bethesda, one of the most affluent suburbs in one of the most affluently suburbed regions in the country. In fact, one of the mothers quoted in the story is one Carrie Marriott, and to save you the trouble of Googling, yes, it is those Marriotts. I’m sort of surprised the kids didn’t open up a Bed & Breakfast.

Nonetheless, good for them for raising money for the less needy and for fighting the system for their un-permitted right to do so.

Now, if only the rest of the U.S. Open field would show that same sort of fight, we might actually have a tournament on our hands.


2011 U.S. Open: Lemonade Stand Draws Attention [ESPN]

  1. lewp - Jun 19, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    I had this story on my website before my site crashed, but an additional point of this story is the county said ok to many homeowners allowing visitors to park their cars at their residence for 60.00 a pop. It’s really an amazing story in that it definately sends the wrong message to the kids at the lemonade stand. Good for the kids for making a “stand”.

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