You’ve all probably heard this story many times before. Some local kids, with the help of their family, come up with the great idea of setting up a lemonade stand in order to raise some money to take their father to the water park, earn a few extra bucks, or raise money for a charity. They go out, and get all of the supplies. They make some fresh lemonade. They set up a stand, and they wait for the first customer. In doing all of this, they are getting a great lesson on entrepreneurship. But then, just as their newly created business gets rolling, reality hits. The police show up, and inform them that they can no longer sell lemonade, because they have not jumped through the hoops that the government has put in place, which usually consists of paying hundreds or even thousands of dollars, and even kitchen inspections. Yes… all this for a kids lemonade stand.
This time, the story has a lot of similarities to all of the rest. It includes a family, with kids, lemonade, a stand, the dream of earning some money for a charitable cause, and then some cops show up to break up the “illegal” activities that are being committed. But this time, the story has a twist. The family that was selling lemonade was none other than Jerry Seinfeld’s family.
According to 27east.com, “East Hampton Village Police Chief Jerry Larsen said police received a complaint about illegally parked vehicles at the location of the lemonade stand. At the scene, an officer advised the Seinfeld family that village code does not permit lemonade stands on village property. The village prohibits all forms of peddling on its property.”
Jerry Seinfeld’s wife, Jessica, runs a charity that focuses on providing families under financial strain with clothing, gear and services, and has donated 16 million items since its formation. All proceeds from the Seinfeld’s lemonade stand on August 18th, went to that charity, Baby Buggy. But despite the good deeds, and the charitable actions by the Seinfelds and their customers that day, the East Hampton Village Police still felt the need to shut down their lemonade stand.
Jessica posted the photo to her Instagram account.
“Lemonade dreams crushed by local neighbor, but not before raising lots of money for @loverecycled,” wrote Ms. Seinfeld in the caption. “Thanks to all of our customers and big tippers! Thanks, Xander and Jaden, for crushing it today with Julian and Jerry.”