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(TampaBay.com (St. Petersburg Tim)   Not news: 12-year-old boy opens lemonade stand. Fark: Irate neighbor demands that city shut it down. "Please help me regain my quiet home and neighborhood"   (tampabay.com ) divider line
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2014-08-24 01:00:24 AM  
I admire the kid for showing effort, his parents must be decent.
The old man sounds like a whiny b*tch, it's not even on his lawn.
 
2014-08-24 02:57:27 AM  
I like articles like this. A local newspaper basically points out the village ass, does an excellent write-up with in depth research and proper inverted pyramid writing.

Sadly, I  wish that generally all the press would handle news in this manner.
 
2014-08-24 06:55:19 AM  
Sorry, but if you are running a "lemonade stand" in front of someone's house for over a year, that IS a business-and subject to the rules.

If it was a onetime deal-or a couple days in the summer, sure. But for over a year?
 
2014-08-24 07:38:11 AM  

mr_a: Sorry, but if you are running a "lemonade stand" in front of someone's house for over a year, that IS a business-and subject to the rules.

If it was a onetime deal-or a couple days in the summer, sure. But for over a year?


This.
 
2014-08-24 07:42:19 AM  
Sound of children too noisy for ya? Don't worry, old man. Soon you'll have peace and quiet. Forever.
 
2014-08-24 07:44:20 AM  
Country Time?

/that kid should be in jail
 
2014-08-24 07:46:59 AM  

mr_a: Sorry, but if you are running a "lemonade stand" in front of someone's house for over a year, that IS a business-and subject to the rules.

If it was a onetime deal-or a couple days in the summer, sure. But for over a year?


Why are you sorry?  It's not illegal to be mean old crank, it's just nobody will ever love you.

Oh wait, that must be why.
 
2014-08-24 07:48:54 AM  
They should shut him down for using powdered lemonade, the kids of Springfield fought hard for that tree.

/saw that last night
//yay marathon
 
zez
2014-08-24 07:52:58 AM  
I think he's paying the neighbor to be a crank in the newspaper to drum up business for the "poor kid who doesn't want his stand shut down". People will show up thinking they are sticking it to the crank.
 
2014-08-24 07:53:54 AM  
A few weeks each summer is cute.  Every afternoon/evening for months at a time is going to get on somebody's nerves.
 
zez
2014-08-24 07:54:44 AM  
Picture of the neighbor

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2014-08-24 07:55:05 AM  
an "illegal business" that causes excessive traffic, noise, trash, illegal parking and other problems

Oh c'mon. How much business could he possibly be doing?

They should send over an APC full of cops in full gear with ARs to shut him down. They'll need the manpower in case all of his customers decide to riot. And hopefully they'll be wearing their face masks. He could squeeze a lemon in their direction and hit someone in the eye. Then they'd be forced to open fire.
 
2014-08-24 07:56:32 AM  
Sounds like some rational people work for that city. Usually when I hear stories like this, the city shuts the stand down because it's a technically a business, and technically correct is the kind of correct. Glad they are supporting the kid.

And the kid has some gumption - good for him for being so productive.
 
2014-08-24 07:58:26 AM  
Headline:

Old man upset about lemon party in his front yard
 
2014-08-24 07:59:04 AM  
Mr. Wilkey sounds like he has hemorrhoids.  On the brain.  Nasty old coot.
 
2014-08-24 07:59:18 AM  
It's unclear how many hours government agencies have dedicated to the rancor.

static.fjcdn.com


AS MANY AS IT TAKES.
 
2014-08-24 07:59:43 AM  
I'd much rather have that kid on the street selling lemonade than some crack dealer selling his wares. Good on the kid. Old man, not so much. Bet he locks his door and shuts out the lights on Halloween.
 
2014-08-24 08:00:40 AM  
Kid must not be that smart if he's been in business for a year and can't even clear enough profit to buy an iPod.
 
2014-08-24 08:01:10 AM  
Old man buys the kid a video game console. Problem Solved.
 
2014-08-24 08:10:10 AM  
I hate powered lemon drink. That is all.
 
2014-08-24 08:14:07 AM  
A kid that wants to work. We must stop that. We can't have productive kids out there.

GO BUY SOMETHING FROM HIM OLD MAN!
 
2014-08-24 08:21:05 AM  

Keys dude: I'd much rather have that kid on the street selling lemonade than some crack dealer selling his wares.


That's such an overwhelmingly common either/or situation out here in the suburbs that I'm finding it hard to make a decision anymore.
 
2014-08-24 08:23:54 AM  
Old man needs to take a page from Starbuck's  operating manual.  Open a stand next to the kid and drive him out of business.
 
2014-08-24 08:24:31 AM  

mr_a: Sorry, but if you are running a "lemonade stand" in front of someone's house for over a year, that IS a business-and subject to the rules.

If it was a onetime deal-or a couple days in the summer, sure. But for over a year?


From 3-7pm.  Nobody's "property values" are being affected.
 
2014-08-24 08:29:31 AM  

mr_a: Sorry, but if you are running a "lemonade stand" in front of someone's house for over a year, that IS a business-and subject to the rules.

If it was a onetime deal-or a couple days in the summer, sure. But for over a year?


You know how you can point at someone and just declare "You're part of the problem?"

No, you probably don't.
 
2014-08-24 08:29:45 AM  
Thamike, Not sure if my sarcasm meter is working this morning, but I live in a suburban area and had a crack dealer two doors down. We called the person who owned the place to complain (of course, she didn't know what he was doing), she immediately had him evicted
 
2014-08-24 08:32:26 AM  
Murrica'


/wait what?
 
2014-08-24 08:37:54 AM  
I think this will end very soon, if the old man can hold out that long.

Rather, he's counting the months until he turns 14.
Then he can apply for a bagger position at Publix.


Now, that's how you successfully interview for a position months in advance.
 
2014-08-24 08:43:37 AM  
You think the city is taking a reasonable approach because it's a kid with a lemonade stand?  How fast do you think the city would crack down on this kid the moment he opens his stand in a public park.
 
2014-08-24 08:43:51 AM  

kwame: Kid must not be that smart if he's been in business for a year and can't even clear enough profit to buy an iPod.


You might want to re-read; I got the sense that was a list of things he has already done with the money.
 
2014-08-24 08:50:22 AM  
"and other problems that reduce his property values "

Oh God I hate it when people can't shut up about imaginary things that will affect their precious property values. Do you plan on selling your house while this kid is selling lemonade? Then STFU.
 
2014-08-24 08:57:44 AM  
Wonder if he'd worry as much about his property value if the kid's last name wasn't so...ethnic?
 
2014-08-24 09:00:23 AM  
Lemonde stands charge $1 now?  Man I'm old.  I used to charge 25¢.  (And it wasn't Country Time.)

Good on this kid, though.  Better than sitting in front of the Xbox all day, and he's got future employment aspirations.

SBinRR: Now, that's how you successfully interview for a position months in advance.


Very much this.  He's got that job sewn up already.
 
2014-08-24 09:07:29 AM  
Ah Florida.. is there anything you can't come up with?
 
2014-08-24 09:12:54 AM  
The only property values you need to worry about are burial plots, nasty old man.
 
2014-08-24 09:17:38 AM  
Lives in Dunedin, I does
Gonna go buy some lemonade. I am
Bring Mr. 9mm, I will
Just in case...
 
2014-08-24 09:18:30 AM  
Well he could have called the IRS on him too.
 
2014-08-24 09:19:57 AM  
I'll wait for the followup story for when the customer in the pickup truck backs over a pedestrian, and the town is sued for sued for allowing a business in a residential zone.
 
2014-08-24 09:22:14 AM  

Keys dude: Thamike, Not sure if my sarcasm meter is working this morning, but I live in a suburban area and had a crack dealer two doors down. We called the person who owned the place to complain (of course, she didn't know what he was doing), she immediately had him evicted


We had one next door for 2 1/2 years. The landlord couldn't believe it was a problem. One of my other neighbours is a para-legal. He could get the eviction papers filed for nothing. My wife and I said we would pay the filing fee with City Hall. Nope. See wanted us to pay a months rent as well. So we kept calling the cops. Cops kept busting them, and the rotating door on the courthouse just kept putting them back in business. Finally the female half of the equation started getting nicked for prostitution as well as the dealing. She finally started doing time and this screwed their business mode. They couldn't make rent. THEN she booted them.
 
2014-08-24 09:24:01 AM  
mr_ass: Sorry, but if you are running a "lemonade stand" in front of someone's house for over a year, that IS a business-and subject to the rules.

If it was a onetime deal-or a couple days in the summer, sure. But for over a year?


Name above says it all.
 
2014-08-24 09:26:26 AM  
It seemed like a scene out of a Norman Rockwell painting. T.J. Guerrero

I never saw a Norman Rockwell painting with a "Guerrero" in it.
 
2014-08-24 09:31:35 AM  

Mugato: It seemed like a scene out of a Norman Rockwell painting. T.J. Guerrero

I never saw a Norman Rockwell painting with a "Guerrero" in it.


That's "Guernica" I think. the one with Helen Keller in it...
 
2014-08-24 09:33:44 AM  
Voodoohotdog

We have a pretty tight street here, everyone knows everyone and gets along; I watch the neighbor's dog when they go out of town, etc. The landlord who booted the crack dealer knows that and trusted us when we complained. She understands that it makes financial sense to get a good long-term tenant who will pay rent on time, not wreck the place, etc. Sounds like your situation went on far longer than it needed to.
 
2014-08-24 09:34:32 AM  
I recon if a kid under the age of majority (ie. not an adult) comes up with a business plan, then they should not have to pay anything to government (nor be held to corporate health standards, when I buy a lemodade from a kid on the street, then I know I am not getting the cleanest lemondade possible).

Good on em for getting off their butts.

(of course it can be exploited, so ensure a minimum of income for them ...  I know in my country you can make $10k on a hobby that doesn't incure income tax.)
 
2014-08-24 09:35:50 AM  
Again, can someone explain lemonade stands in this day and age? I understand in the past, when people didn't carry water bottles and there weren't stores on every corner... but in modern times, who would even want this?

I have a friend where the kids across the street from him do this all the time. We end up leaving when they are out there because they scream LEMONADE LEMONADE AHHH every time a car goes by (and does not buy lemonade because again, why would anybody do that in 2014? Maybe 1914.)  It's a nuisance.

But then again, all kids are. No need to encourage them to be worse than their normal noise.
 
2014-08-24 09:37:39 AM  

sbchamp: Lives in Dunedin, I does
Gonna go buy some lemonade. I am
Bring Mr. 9mm, I will
Just in case...


If we hear about a shooting with a 3 foot tall green wrinkly suspect you're likely to get a knock on the door.
 
2014-08-24 09:39:37 AM  
I watched the video because I wanted to see the old man yelling at a cloud. Did you see how much ice the kid puts in each cup? It's all ice and like a tablespoon of lemonade. Kid is business savvy.
 
2014-08-24 09:41:25 AM  

mr_a: Sorry, but if you are running a "lemonade stand" in front of someone's house for over a year, that IS a business-and subject to the rules.

If it was a onetime deal-or a couple days in the summer, sure. But for over a year?


fark off, seriously. It's people like you that are running this country into the goddamn ground.
 
2014-08-24 09:42:11 AM  
Plissken - Wonder if he'd worry as much about his property value if the kid's last name wasn't so...ethnic?

I had that same thought Snake... I suspect some of his customers are both ethnic and... shall we say... appear not as financially solvent... as that old man feels his area should appear to be. (I sometimes feel that when you read about something like this, you will usually discover that those two factors are the root cause of the complainer)

FTFA -  "I am very worried about the value of my home, which is why I built in a residential area, not a business area."

Umm... I am pretty sure you cannot build a residence in a zoned business area, Sir.

FTFA - '...an "illegal business" that causes excessive traffic, noise, trash, illegal parking and other problems that reduce his property values.'>>> "Repeat customer Dan Wright, a truck driver working on a project nearby..."

Umm... so the construction traffic and noise is not a problem, but this one boy with a few customers is???

/some people have too much time and not enough compassion on their hands
 
2014-08-24 09:44:29 AM  

serpent_sky: Again, can someone explain lemonade stands in this day and age? I understand in the past, when people didn't carry water bottles and there weren't stores on every corner... but in modern times, who would even want this?

I have a friend where the kids across the street from him do this all the time. We end up leaving when they are out there because they scream LEMONADE LEMONADE AHHH every time a car goes by (and does not buy lemonade because again, why would anybody do that in 2014? Maybe 1914.)  It's a nuisance.

But then again, all kids are. No need to encourage them to be worse than their normal noise.


I feel sorry for you. If kids making kid noises in the middle of summer put you on edge, you've lost all joy in life.
 
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