Lemonade Freedom Day 2013 – One Word – “INSPIRATIONAL”

Aug 12, 2013 by

Lemonade Freedom Day 2013 – One Word – “INSPIRATIONAL”

Saturday, August 10th, 2013. It was a perfect day for a lemonade stand. The lemons were freshly squeezed the night before. The sun was shining. We arrived at 1pm to Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, PA. It was a beautiful day.

We immediately set up the table and the supplies for the lemonade. We hung the Lemonade Freedom sign in front of the table. The kids were ready to go. Before we could even finish getting ready, we already had people lining up to buy an ice cold glass of lemonade.

The turnout was amazing. People came from all over the country for this year’s Lemonade Freedom Day. There were independent journalists, activists, supporters, and kids.

While the kids were selling the lemonade, the adults were sparking up some absolutely amazing conversations with the customers and the other people passing by. I had some of the best and most inspirational conversations with complete strangers there. It was amazing!

I couldn’t believe the amount of people who were completely fed up, not only with the shutting down of kids’ lemonade stands, but also with the “police state” that we are living in. (And these were their words not mine!) The same can be said for the amount of people who walked away with the desire to become involved. The support and enthusiasm in the crowd was amazing!

As the day went by, we were all starting to get a little bit tired. We weren’t sure how much longer we were going to stay. We even considered packing it in. That was until a Philadelphia Police Officer paid us a visit.

As soon as the officer arrived on the scene, he was surrounded by yellow Lemonade Freedom shirts and a myriad of video cameras. He instructed us that we would have to shut down, because we do not have a permit. After a few minutes of attempted dialogue with this officer, despite his threats, we ultimately refused to shut the stand down, and the officer walked around the corner and made a few phone calls.

At this point, we weren’t sure what the outcome would be. So we made some preparations at the stand. Would we be ticketed, and fined? Would we be arrested? None of us knew. But the stand continued to thrive. It almost seems as though the police encounter actually boosted sales a bit.

An hour or so later, we received a visit from another Philadelphia Police Officer. This time it was a Sergeant. He informed us that they would not bother us. There would be no citations, no arrests. That was it. The day was a full success.

Despite being threatened with arrest, we were able to successfully run an “illegal” lemonade stand, without a permit in Philadelphia. We did far better than break even on our sales, and the two girls who were operating the stand ended up walking away with some good earnings for their hard work.

We had some great outreach with some amazing individuals throughout the day.

And this is why it was so inspirational. As activists, sometimes we fight hard and long, and get little or no respect. But not today. The comments, the encouragement, the support of the people was in full force. As activists, we know that we made a difference today. We know that we’ve lit sparks in the minds and hearts of countless others. We have inspired and encouraged others to stand up against injustice.

And on the flip side, the people. WOW… the people. They were amazing! I can personally say that so many of the great people who showed up to support us, or to buy some lemonade have inspired me to continue what I am doing. And I am sure that many of the other activists involved are just as inspired as I am.

I would like to send a personal message to everyone who attended. Whether you there as an activist, a supporter, or just buying some lemonade. Thank you! You are all amazing human beings! You should all be very proud of yourselves. I love you all! Thank you!

Lemonade Freedom Day 2013 was a COMPLETE success!

Lemonade Freedom Day in Times Square, NY

Lemonade Freedom Day in Times Square, NY

 

 

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Police Are Sour On Queens Girls’ Lemonade Stand – NY1 For You

Aug 8, 2013 by

Police Are Sour On Queens Girls’ Lemonade Stand – NY1 For You

NY1 For You: Police Are Sour On Queens Girls’ Lemonade Stand By: Susan Jhun

Setting up a lemonade stand left a serious sour taste in the mouths of a couple of Queens kids after the police got involved. NY1′s Susan Jhun filed the following report.

A little lemonade stand was a sweet summer pastime for 9-year-old Nora and 11-year-old Jameala Lahoud, until the two Queens girls got ticketed by the police. “One jar of lemonade and a few cups and that’s it,” says Michael Lahoud, the girls’ father.

Apparently, that was enough for a police officer to write two tickets to the family: one for selling without a vendor’s license and another for obstructing the flow of vehicular traffic.

Michael Lahoud says the day the tickets were issued for his daughter’s stand there was a vendor across the street from his house at the beach selling drinks and blocking traffic.

“Neighbors were complaining. They called the police because he was obstructing traffic,” he says.

That is when Lahoud says the police came, let the vendor off because he had a vendor’s license but ticketed him for his daughter’s lemonade stand.

Lahoud says what bothers him the most about the ticket is not the money but the message it sends to his daughters.

“They were afraid at first. They thought they were in trouble and that was what upset me the most,” he says.

NY1 called the Department Of Health and a spokesman said the agency’s bottom line is public health and ideally anybody who is working with food needs a permit. However, he said the DOH would not go out of its way to follow up on something like a lemonade stand.

NY1 then called the NYPD and asked a spokesman whether the agency would dismiss the summons.

The spokesman said that is up to the courts, but went on to say in order to operate any food stand, a person needs a permit from DOH — no exceptions.

That apparently means kids across the city might want to think twice before making lemonade out of these lemons.

 

- See more at: http://brooklyn.ny1.com/content/features/186899/ny1-for-you–police-are-sour-on-queens-girls–lemonade-stand#sthash.M5R0hm7A.dpuf

 

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Reno Nevada Health Inspector Shuts Down Girls’ Lemonade Stand!

Aug 8, 2013 by

Reno Nevada Health Inspector Shuts Down Girls’ Lemonade Stand!

UPDATE 8/8/2013 – 9:41pm EST : The Reno Tahoe Open PGA Tournament got word about this incident and they have made an offer to Alex and Emma. The girls have been invited to move their lemonade stand down to 18th hole next year. 

 

A summer cannot go by without hearing more news reports of kids’ lemonade stands being shut down by a bureaucrat. And this summer is no different. This time the “illegal” lemonade stand was in Reno Nevada, and the “perps” who were running the stand were 12 year old Emma Farrell and 14 year old Alex Farrell.

The family lives inside the housing development where  the Reno Tahoe Open PGA Tournament is hosted every August. Alex and Emma sell ice cold lemonade, homemade cookies, and gently used golf balls that they custom decorate for customers. They have been operating this stand in front of their house for the past five years with nothing but compliments and support from the community. They have even built a loyal and established customer base that returns year after year.

But this year on August 3rd, they were shocked to receive a visit from the Washoe County Health Inspector. They were told to cease operations immediately. They received a written warning and were told that they would be fined if they did not comply.
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According to the girls’ mother Kelly, the Washoe County Health Inspector stated that the girls’ stand was being shut down this year because another vendor launched a complaint claiming that sales were low because of the girls’ lemonade stand.

Like many entrepreneurs, these two girls took advantage of an opportunity, and decided to do something positive with it. They decided to set up a stand and make some money.  According to their mother Kelly, the girls usually make anywhere between $100-$150 at their stand. After running their stand, they like to treat themselves to ice-cream with some of their earnings. They save some of the money, use some to invest in new equipment, and donate some to their church. A few years ago, they purchased their “official” lemonade stand, and this year they purchased a new 4 gallon lemonade container.

At Lemonade Freedom, we applaud these girls’ actions, but the state bureaucrats obviously do not appreciate these motivated girls’ contributions to society. Maybe it is because the agents of the state have absolutely no understanding for the free market and voluntary exchange. How could they? They “earn” a living on taxpayer money. Their entire livelihood is funded at the expense of the productive members of society.

You see… 14 year old Alex, and 12 year old Emma understand more about the free market and voluntary exchange than any bureaucrat or government employee will ever know. In the last 5 years of their young lives, they have been operating a business. They have learned important messages about providing a good product at a reasonable price. They have learned about the importance of re-investing into the business to make it grow. They have learned about the importance of keeping a good reputation and to remain in good standing in their community. They learned about being accountable to their customers.

private business, such as Alex and Emma’s lemonade stand has to cater to its’ customers. If a private business does not provide quality products at a reasonable price, then the customers will go elsewhere. This promotes innovation, efficiency, and accountability in the marketplace.

The “public” sector doesn’t understand this, because they will receive funding whether they provide high quality service, or poor service. Money doesn’t enter the “public” sector because they provide such great services which people demand. Money comes into the “public” sector because they demand it from taxpayers. This is why quality, innovation, efficiency, and accountability will always be lacking, at best, when services are provided by the government.

You see… Alex and Emma are peaceful girls. They weren’t harming anyone. Nobody in their right mind could disagree with that. Yet, because of the law, this government employee believed that it was necessary to intimidate these two young girls for providing a beneficial service to others. Think about the message that this sends to Alex and Emma, as well as many other creative and motivated kids across the country.

If you are as outraged as I am, I expect that you will all show your support for these two young entrepreneurs. And this weekend is the perfect time to show your support for them by setting up a lemonade stand. August 10, 2013 is Lemonade Freedom Day. For more information please visit lemonadefreedom.com.

If you happen to be in the Reno, Nevada area, please set up a stand in support of these girls. Let them know that they are not alone.

They may be able to shut one lemonade stand down, but they can’t shut them all down!

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Lemonade Freedom Day 2013 – Official Event Page

Jul 30, 2013 by

Lemonade Freedom Day is kicking off it’s third year! Please check this page for all updates.

Please join our Facebook event page for LEMONADE FREEDOM DAY 2013! https://www.facebook.com/events/683366271679579/

It is the official page for Lemonade Freedom Day 2013. We encourage everyone, everywhere to go out and open a lemonade stand on August 10th, 2013. This is in response to the bureaucrats and law enforcers who are shutting down lemonade stands for not having permits or licenses. For the past two years, thousands of people across the world participated in Lemonade Freedom Day to show these bureaucrats and law enforcers that they could not shut down kids’ lemonade stands. This year, we are doing it again. Let’s spread the word!

 

Contact Info:

email: robert@lemonadefreedom.com

phone: 484-278-3733

 Please ‘LIKE’ us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LemonadeFreedom

 

 

Are you looking for an event in your area? You can find local events here. If you do not see an event in your area, then you can start your own. Please contact us with details, and we will post your event on this page.

Local Lemonade Freedom Day Events

PENNSYLVANIA: 

Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – 1:00pm

RSVP on the Facebook Event Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/499718856774061/

 

TEXAS:

 

Westheimer Rd & Dunlavy St Houston, TX – 11:00am – 1:00pm
RSVP on the Facebook Event Page:
The Alley Cat bar & lounge
3718 Main Street, Houston, Texas
RSVP on the Facebook Event Page:

 

If you are organizing a stand, please let us know: robert@lemonadefreedom.com

 

 

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Save the lemonade stands – Daily Herald Tribune

Jul 30, 2013 by

Save the lemonade stands

By Shannon McKinnon, Slice of Life

Airianna Bayne, 3, pours a cup of lemonade at her and her friends lemonade stand in the Crystal Lake area in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Monday, July 8, 2013. Bayne and her friends are trying to raise enough money to go to the movies. August 10 is  Lemonade Freedom Day; a day where people all over North America are encouraged to set up a lemonade stand. AARON HINKS/DAILY HERALD-TRIBUNE

Airianna Bayne, 3, pours a cup of lemonade at her and her friends lemonade stand in the Crystal Lake area in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Monday, July 8, 2013. Bayne and her friends are trying to raise enough money to go to the movies. August 10 is Lemonade Freedom Day; a day where people all over North America are encouraged to set up a lemonade stand. AARON HINKS/DAILY HERALD-TRIBUNE

 

Saturday, Aug. 10 is Lemonade Freedom Day; a day where people all over North America are encouraged to set up a lemonade stand to exercise their right to sell lemonade without a licence.

The idea is to make people aware that voluntary exchange is not a crime. It certainly is a grey area. As, I suppose, are garage sales. More and more the two are combined with hopeful children setting up their lemonade and cookie stand – or sometimes simply bottled pop and water – while their parents host the garage sale.

When you think about it, who else is allowed to sell food, beverages or goods without a business licence or a health inspection? And yet I would hate to see either practice shut down. The very idea seems like a poke in the eye of democracy.

Who isn’t charmed by the initiative of children setting up a lemonade stand?

Judging by the headline “Sour Neighbour Calls Cops on 9 Year Old Boys Lemonade Stand” a woman in Oshawa, Ont., was one such person. According to the article the woman phoned 911 to complain about the stand. Well, first the neighbour tried to bribe the children with five bucks to close the stand down and then she phoned the cops. To make matters worse, the stand was part of the children’s annual effort to raise money for the SickKids hospital. According to the children’s mother the police ordered the stand closed because they didn’t have a vendor’s permit.

Like everything there is always another side to the story. When the police were contacted by the press the sergeant confirmed an officer was called to the stand around 2 p.m. after a woman from the neighbourhood dialed 911.

Apparently the neighbour was concerned for the safety of the children after hearing screams. When the officer arrived he did indeed find a child running up and down the sidewalk screaming. The child – a nine year old boy with autism – was shouting at passersby in an effort to drum up business.

However, the sergeant denied the officer had ordered the stand to be closed down. “We don’t shut down lemonade stands,” she said. “No one was ticketed, no one was cautioned or arrested, it was only one officer at the scene and that is the extent of what took place.”

The organizers of Lemonade Freedom Day were all over the incident like an ice cube on lemon juice, urging their neighbours in the north to open stands in Canada on Aug. 10 as well. In fairness to these organizers, it would appear that in the States stands actually are being shut down for not having a valid licence. And since it is such a grey area, I suppose it could be a problem up here as well.

And that’s just silly. Let the kids have their stands. I try to support these wee entrepreneurs whenever I can and I have yet to be poisoned. And I can bet that any money earned quickly finds its way back into the local economy.

Growing up in the country on a lonely dirt road lemonade stands were not part of my childhood. I only recall setting up a stand once and that was under the influence of a city cousin.

We worked for two days on a sign that simply read “Lemonade 10 Cents”, positioned our table by the road and set up our cups, pitcher and most importantly, our cash box. We counted crows and listened to the hum of a distant tractor and the occasional moo from a cow in the pasture.

And then … we heard the sound of an approaching motor. The truck rolled by without stopping, but we caught the look of surprised confusion on our neighbour’s face before he disappeared around the bend. Another hour passed during which we drank all the lemon juice and had to return to the house for more.

And then … another motor made its approach, this time in the form of a grader. We marked its painfully slow approach down the hill and almost passed out with excitement when it pulled to a halt in front of the stand. The door swung open and a large man swung down the steps onto the gravel road.

“Lemonade hey?” he said, taking off his cap and wiping the sweat from his brow. “That would sure hit the spot right about now.” He drained two glasses and then a third, plunked down an entire dollar bill and said, “Keep the change.”

I was so excited I grabbed the money and to the mortification of my older cousin, took off running for the house to tell my Mom about our newfound wealth before the man even had a chance to turn around to climb back into his grader.

We never got another customer for the rest of the afternoon, but we each made 50 cents. Enough for a couple comic books and some candy the next time we went into town.

In other words, we were rich.

 

Original article here: http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/2013/07/29/save-the-lemonade-stands

 

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Sour neighbor calls cops on 9-year-old boy’s lemonade stand

Jul 8, 2013 by

Note to all Canadians: Please join us on Lemonade Freedom Day 2013 in worldwide solidarity! Set up a stand wherever you are! http://www.lemonadefreedom.com/2013/07/08/where-will-you-be-selling-lemonade-on-lemonade-freedom-day-2013/

 

Cops called on Toronto-area charity drink stand

From left to right: Danika Potter, 8, her sister Brigit, 10, and her brother, Corbin, 9

Credits: DAVE THOMAS/QMI AGENCY

SHAWN JEFFORDS | QMI AGENCY

What a sour puss.

A cranky, unidentified woman in an Oshawa neighbourhood called 911 and sicked police on a 9-year-old autistic boy in a bid to shut down his booming lemonade stand Monday.

Worse yet, the officer called to the scene asked the boy’s family to stop the fundraiser for SickKids hospital because the boy didn’t have a vendor’s permit to sling the juice.

“It was upsetting,” said Dawn Potter, who said her son, Corbin, was startled by the encounter with the officer.

“By the end of it, he thought I was going to jail, he was balling his eyes out.”

Corbin and his sisters have been running a lemonade stand on July 1

for the past three years.

The trio raise money for the hospital where several cousins have received treatment.

But the trouble started when Corbin was holding a sign and shouting to passersby on Bond St. to drum up business.

A neighbour approached, scolded him for shouting and told him he couldn’t operate the stand, Potter said.

Later, Corbin went back up the street, this time with his uncle.

The neighbour approached again, this time offering him $5 to go away and take the stand down, Potter said.

“He told her that he didn’t want her money, that he wanted to keep doing his thing for SickKids,” she said.

Potter said that a short time later a Durham Regional Police officer arrived.

He was polite but asked them to take down the stand, she said.

“We were told it was distracting, too loud and we were disturbing people. It was

2 p.m. We were told we had to stop … that we didn’t have a vendor’s permit.”

But Potter said she defied the officer, this time taking the sign herself and walking out to the corner to advertise the stand.

In the end, they raised $135.

“How can I teach him to do the right thing no matter what if I don’t stand behind him and show him,” she said.

Durham Regional Police Sgt. Nancy van Rooy confirmed an officer was called to the lemonade stand around 2 p.m. Monday after a woman from the neighbourhood called 911.

She was reportedly concerned for the safety of the children after hearing screams.

When the officer arrived, he found the lemonade stand and a child running up the sidewalk “screaming,” but van Rooy denied the officer ordered the stand shuttered.

“We don’t shut down lemonade stands,” she said. “No one was ticketed, no one was cautioned or arrested, it was only one officer at the scene and that is the extent of what took place.”

Original Article: http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/canada/archives/2013/07/20130703-075858.html

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Where Will You Be Selling Lemonade on Lemonade Freedom Day 2013?

Jul 8, 2013 by

Where Will You Be Selling Lemonade on Lemonade Freedom Day 2013?

It’s that time of year again! It’s been hot out, and who doesn’t like an ice cold glass of lemonade mixed with some voluntary exchange of goods on a hot summer day? That’s why we are excited to announce that Lemonade Freedom Day 2013 will be held on Saturday, August 10th.  And just like the previous two Lemonade Freedom Days, we are encouraging everyone to go out and sell lemonade! Sell lemonade at your local public park, courthouse, city hall, or just in front of your house. The point is to get the word out that selling lemonade is not a crime! So, be sure to mark your calendars. I want to see lemonade stands all over the world!

We have been doing this for two years so far, but we still have a lot of work to do. There are still Lemonade Stands being shut down. This one is from Canada:  http://www.lemonadefreedom.com/2013/07/08/sour-neighbor-calls-cops-on-9-year-old-boys-lemonade-stand/

 

Please let us know where you will be setting up stands, take pictures and video of your lemonade stand, and send them to us!

 

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Celebrate Lemonade Freedom Day by Teaching Personal Finance Lessons

Aug 20, 2012 by

The NFEC encourages educators and families to leverage Lemonade Freedom Day to engage kids in a financial literacy education discussion.

Click here to go to the Lemonade Freedom Day Activity Page

Financial literacy education on Lemonade Freedom Day.

Lemonade Freedom Day offers educators and families a specific time to provide kids a financial literacy education in an engaging way. To celebrate the occasion, the National Financial Educators Council is giving away a project based learning activity that will help kids start their own lemonade stand and pick up important business and personal finance skills in the process.

The NFEC has developed financial literacy lesson plans that will help families and others start a lemonade stand. This activity is being given away complimentary to celebrate Lemonade Freedom Day as a part of the NFEC’s Financial EduNation Campaign. To receive this activity visit the Lemonade Freedom Day Activity page.

The Financial EduNation Campaign was developed by the NFEC to encourage people to gain the personal finance skills that can help them secure their future and make a positive difference in the world. Providing money management for students and kids through the Lemonade Stand activity can be a positive first step down the path to financial responsibility.

Robert Fernandes of LemonadeFreedom.com states, “Lemonade Freedom Day is about much more than just lemonade stands. It is about freedom and individual responsibility. When children set up lemonade stands, they are learning valuable lessons. It teaches them about finances, money, and responsibility. They learn how to set up and operate a small business. Throughout the process they learn how to be productive members of society. They learn about providing a service to the public.”

The Lemonade Stand activity helps kids learn essential business basics like: marketing, branding, cost of goods, profit, break-even points, risk, reward, budgeting, setting goals, accounting and the importance of location. All of these are taught through a simple lemonade stand.

The NFEC suggest having an adult on site ensure safety while giving them ownership and freedom to run their business. Adults should step away from their role as ‘parent’ or ‘educator’ and act as business mentors. Allow the children to make mistakes and give them positive guidance along the way.

According to Fernandes, “Children, by nature, want to be productive, creative members of society. This is what leads to future entrepreneurs. As a society we need to encourage this, not destroy it.”

The National Financial Educators Councils’ Financial EduNation campaign provides free personal finance training and material. Through collaborative efforts across the country, the NFEC is helping to improve the financial capability of our nation’s youth. The complimentary financial literacy lesson plans are made available according to the NFEC’s social enterprise business model, which provides free personal finance products or training for every service purchased.

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