Lemonade Stand Shut Down By Authorities, Parents Fined

A lemonade stand has been shut down by authorities in Montgomery County, MD, and the parents of the kids who ran it have been fined $500.

The kids had set up their lemonade stand on Thursday right next door to where the U.S. Open golf tournament has been taking place at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. The kids were planning to donate 50 percent their profits to a charity working to fight against pediatric cancer.

According to a Montgomery County inspector, however, the kids needed to obtain a vendors' license in order to legally run the stand. They were accused of ignoring some warnings that they received, so the inspector fined the kids' parents $500.

Inspectors do not usually go looking for lemonade stand vendors’ licenses, but this stand was especially large, according to Jennifer Hughes, the county's director of permitting. She also said that other vendors have been told that they can’t run stands near the golf tournament due to safety concerns.

In response to their stand being shut down, Yahoo News quoted one of the kids as saying, "I don't agree, I think the county is wrong.”

Carrie Marriott, the mother of one of the kids, is quoted by Yahoo News as saying, "The message to kids is: There's no American dream."

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