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.

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

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!

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!


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phone: 484-278-3733

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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


Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – 1:00pm

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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
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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.


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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!


Cops called on Toronto-area charity drink stand

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



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.”

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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:


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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Milk Moonshiner – Whey Jude

Oct 5, 2012 by

Here is a comical song poking fun of the government’s efforts to harass farmers as they try to provide milk as it came out of the cow – raw and unpasteurized – to families who want to drink it that way because of the health benefits. The author and performer of this song, Whey Jude, was nice enough to join us in Washington DC for our Lemonade Freedom Day event. Enjoy!

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Lemonade Freedom Day 2012 Was a Huge Success!

Aug 23, 2012 by

I am still taking everything in from this year’s Lemonade Freedom Day. This year’s event was such a huge success. People all over the country participated in Lemonade Freedom Day this year. In Washington, D.C. over a hundred people showed up to support the right to voluntary exchange. We were selling lemonade and raw milk (which is illegal in DC) on the lawn of the Capitol where 3 peaceful individuals were arrested last year for selling lemonade. We stood our ground for 2 hours and sold lots of raw milk and lemonade with no arrests this time around.

Freedom loving folks from Philly to Houston to California to Vancouver, British Columbia organized events and individuals all over the country set up stands and sold lemonade or raw milk without licenses or permits. Please enjoy the pictures and videos below. If you would like to share your own videos or photos with the world, please contact me and I will let you know where to send them.

Thanks to everyone who participated this year and remember. Lemonade Freedom isn’t just one day. It is every day. So, get out there and set up a stand… Sell lemonade or raw milk or cookies, or whatever you can think of.Because this is what lemonade freedom day is about. It is about your right to voluntary exchange. Exercise your rights!

Also.. Stay tuned to this site for updates on future events.



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