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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Mothers To Risk Jail over Lemonade or Milk

Aug 6, 2012 by

 

Media Advisory

 Mothers To Risk Jail over Lemonade or Milk

Farmers, Others Criminalized for Feeding Communities

What: Two groups of activists known as the Raw Milk Freedom Riders and Lemonade Freedom Day, are taking their raw milk and lemonade to the lawn of the US Capitol to celebrate what they call their right to “voluntary exchange.”

Recent shut downs of children’s lemonade stands and swat-style raids on small farmers have inspired these mothers and other activists to take their message to the Capitol where they plan to risk criminal charges, and possibly jail, by gathering for a picnic with these illicit foods.  Media are invited to witness the peaceful exchange.

When: Saturday, August 18, 2012 12:00 noon

Where: Lawn of the Capitol Reflecting Pool, Washington DC.

Who: Robert Fernandes, Founder Lemonade Freedom Day, Liz Reitzig, co-founder Farm Food Freedom Coalition and Eddie Free, National Individual Rights Activist.

Other Speakers include:

Max Kane, Currently fighting state of Wisconsin for the right to private contract

Derrick J, National Freedom Activist recently jailed for his peaceful activism

Pete Eyre, co-founder copblock.org

John Moody, Successfully challenged the state of Kentucky over private buying club rights.

Kristin Canty, Producer, Farmageddon the movie

Kathryn Dill, Liberty Activist

Visuals: Crowds with signs, Capitol building, Families with small children, Children with lemonade stands, Mothers distributing milk, Law enforcement

Background:  National Lemonade Freedom day founder, and one of the main organizers of the August event, Robert Fernandes, began the tradition after seeing multiple news reports about children’s lemonade stands being shut down because they did not comply with regulations.  FDA has engaged in several long undercover sting operations and raids against peaceful farmers and buying clubs over raw milk. FDA is also pressuring states to restrict raw dairy access.

These activists believe that people have the right to engage in voluntary exchange and peacefully obtain the food of their choice from the producer of their choice whether that’s raw milk from a local farmer or lemonade from the children next door.

Information about farm raids: www.FarmFoodFreedom.org For additional information on raw milk: www.westonaprice.org for information on Lemonade Freedom Day www.lemonadefreedom.com

Contact: Robert Fernandes or Eddie Free, Organizers, Lemonade and Raw Milk Freedom Day

484-278-3733, Rfernan@gmail.com   www.RawMilkFreedomRiders.com

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Philly Phreedom 2012 – Selling Lemonade without a Permit!

Apr 23, 2012 by

Philly Phreedom 2012 – Selling Lemonade without a Permit!

 

We had a great day despite the rain. It was pouring outside. Between 4000 and 5000 people showed up to hear Ron Paul speak in Philly. It is absolutely amazing that so many people would come out in the rain, shivering, freezing, soaking wet, to hear the message of freedom! We were there with our Lemonade Freedom stand selling lemonade without a permit. Lemonade Freedom is much more than just fighting for kids’ lemonade stands. If you believe that kids should have the right to sell lemonade to people who are willing to buy lemonade from them, then if your logic is consistent, you should come to the logical conclusion that every individual has the right to participate in voluntary exchange. Many people are starting to wake up and realize that our freedoms are being taken from us by a tyrannical government.

But very few people question the simple things, like… If we are free individuals, then why do we need to ask for permission to participate in voluntary exchange with one another? Why do we need to have a license to sell a service or product to someone who wants or needs that service or product? The answer is that we don’t. We don’t need to ask for permission. Every law, every regulation, every license or permit, is a roadblock standing in front of an entrepreneur. Government does not protect individuals. It does not help businesses. It only harms businesses. If more people understood this, then we wouldn’t be in the position we are in today. We need to get to the point where we don’t have the government telling us who we can or can’t do business with.

Ron Paul understands this. His goal is a society without coercion. He understands that every individual is a free person who can voluntarily choose to do business with anyone he sees fit. He understands that government gets in the way of a productive society, and he wants to get that government out of the way. If you value free markets and voluntary exchange, then Ron Paul is the only candidate who you should cast your vote for.  If you value freedom and liberty and you are thinking about voting, then Ron Paul is the only candidate to consider. A vote for any other candidates is a vote for government control over our lives.



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First Lemonade Shut-Down of the year – Boston MA

Apr 17, 2012 by

First Lemonade Shut-Down of the year – Boston MA

Well, it looks like we have a lot more work to do. This didn’t get much media attention, but it looks like we have the first lemonade stand shut-down of the year.  We have to stand strong together and put an end to this nonsense!

 

While the Boston Marathon start line puts Hopkinton in the limelight and is a source of pride for the town, residents also have to put up with a few inconveniences and annoyances each year as hosts.

So Jeanne Westbury of Hayden Rowe Street in Hopkinton was nonplussed when local health agents shut down a lemonade and baked goods stand run by her daughter and friends at the end of the driveway. The agents told the group they lacked a permit to sell cookies, brownies, banana bread and other items.

“We had done this every year,” daughter Eliza Westbury, a sixth-grader, said, citing no previous problems and plans this year to donate to the Relay for Life cancer fundraiser.

Down the street, meanwhile, a High School Relay for Life bake sale encountered no problems despite also lacking a permit. Hopkinton Town Hall was closed yesterday for Patriots Day, and the Board of Health could not be reached.

 

Read More: http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/multimedia/x668519991/Boston-Marathon-Notebook

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Join us in Philadelphia!

Apr 17, 2012 by

Join us in Philadelphia!

We will be setting up a lemonade stand at the Philly Rally for Phreedom 2012  on Sunday April 22, 2012. We hope to see you there.

 

http://www.phreedom2012.com/

   Featuring Dr. Ron Paul!!!

Join us Sunday April 22, 2012 as we gather on the lawn at Independence Hall at the Philadelphia Rally for Phreedom 2012!

Starting at 1:00, we will feature live music, guest speakers, and an overall day of fun! Prior to the event, we are hosting a VIP brunch, and an after party at the end of the day.

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