Parents Charged $500 For Lemonade Violation
SCOTT SIMON, host:
Some children may have learned a little politics this week. A group of kids opened a lemonade stand just outside the entrance to the U.S. Open Golf Championship in Bethesda, Maryland, but their parents were fined $500 for not having a commercial permit. The news report showed local homeowners making thousands by charging golf fans $50 and even more to park their cars in their front lawns.
The kids made it clear that they wanted to donate their lemonade profits to a children's cancer charity. So the Montgomery County officials reflected and said if the kids would move the stand just a little further from the entrance thered be no fine. The kids and county officials may have learned an important lesson about politics: you don't do anything that you can explain on television.
(Soundbite of song, Cold Beverage)
G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE (Rapper): Yo, mom, can you make some lemonade for the fellas?
(Rapping) Yo, could I get a cold beverage? I need some leverage. It's sunny outside. Some lemonade would be nice. Or a Sprite through the drive through at B.K. Yo I'll buy girl a drink but girls got to pay on the front porch. I got some iced tea. If you like a taste of tea then come along with me. It's martini time. Yeah, yeah feeling golden. Bring your own beverage. Just make sure it's cold.
SIMON: Thats G. Love & Special Sauce. Youre listening to NPR News.
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