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Citation Rescinded for Families of Children Selling Lemonade Near U.S. Open

Children were raising money for charity, WUSA9 reports.

A citation that was issued to the parents of children selling lemonade along the side of Persimmon Tree Road near the U.S. Open has been rescinded, according to a Montgomery County spokeswoman.

WUSA9 and other outlets reported that Montgomery County issued the families a $500 citation for operating without a permit. The children were selling lemonade for charity, according to the report.

"I think the county's wrong," one child told WUSA9.

"We're sending the money to charity," another said.

County spokeswoman Bonnie Ayers said the family was selling the lemonade without a permit and was creating a traffic hazard on one of the major thoroughfares to and from the U.S. Open. The citation was issued Thursday after two warnings to move, Ayers said. The citation meant the family would have needed to go to court and pay a fine of up to $500 at the discretion of a judge, Ayers said.

The family has since moved the stand around the corner to Country Club Drive, Ayers said, and the citation has been rescinded.

"The individuals involved in selling drinks from coolers at a tented stand on River Road have agreed to move the stand around the corner to a location on Country Club Drive. This new location does not adversely impact traffic and pedestrian flow in the area of the U.S. Open. The citation issued yesterday is rescinded," read a statement issued by county spokesman Patrick Lacefield.

Anyone selling items near the U.S. Open needs a permit, but even with a permit there are limitations on where vendors can set up due to traffic and safety considerations, Ayers said.

merkinmuffy June 17, 2011 at 09:32 PM
We've heard this story so many times: children cited or arrested for selling lemonade, Girl Scout cookies, whatever. It took a while, but I finally figured out what this is all about. It has nothing to do with regulation or revenue. Somewhere, some liberal group is pushing municipalities to take these actions because they want to discourage children from developing an interest in business and capitalism.
Really? June 19, 2011 at 05:14 AM
Wow you nailed it! I'm sure that this IS a left wing conspiracy the goes all the way to the White House. But seriously. I hope your offspring marries a Hippy.

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