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no lemonade stands?

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no lemonade stands?

What's wrong with this country when a fella can ride over 60 miles through sundry towns, counties, and suburbs on a hot, sticky day and not find any kids selling lemonade?
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Maybe their parents are scared of what might happen, in these "modern" times?

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LOWELL, Mass. | July 21, 2005 1:11:44 AM IST


Police in Lowell, Mass., sought a man with missing and rotten teeth who exposed himself in front of two girls, causing them to flee their lemonade stand.

Police advised parents to watch their children after the July 12 incident, in which the man pulled up in a two-toned blue minivan and began fondling himself.

We are urging all parents that if their children are outside to make sure there's a grown-up with them ... because of the society we live in, police Capt. Robert DeMoura told the Boston Herald.

Police were working with the 9- and 10-year-old girls, who fled their lemonade stand, to identify the thin, white man with missing and rotten teeth.

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By ROBERT MATAS

Saturday, July 23, 2005 Updated at 1:43 AM EDTKey

Globe and Mail Update

Ana Cross's lemonade stand is back in business.

A municipal bylaw officer went to her family's home on Protection Island in Nanaimo harbour this week to advise her that she would not be required to move the structure off public property. The complaint against her makeshift shop on city land had been dropped.

“The people who complained really didn't care any more,” Ana said yesterday in a telephone interview. “They didn't know it was going to be this big,” she said, referring to national media coverage.

The 10-year-old, who will enter Grade 5 in the fall, said it was hard to explain exactly what happened. “They just told me I got to keep my store,” she said. She immediately took out her lemonade and started selling at her regular price of 25 cents a cup. But the stand won't be operating this weekend, and she wasn't sure when she would open again for customers. “I just sell when I feel like it.”

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Her lemonade stand attracted media attention after a Nanaimo bylaw officer left a note advising Ana that her structure could not be located on municipal property and should be moved back onto the family's lot. However, tall shrubs line the property and would have hidden the stand from public view.

The move would have, in effect, put Ana out of business.

Her fight to keep her lemonade stand drew widespread support on the island. One neighbour offered to pay any fine Ana might face. Another offered to rebuild her stand to meet the city's building code.

Ana's mother, Gretchen Brown, said she does not blame the municipality for enforcing its laws.

“He [the bylaw officer] said they were not out to try and close her down. They just had to do something about it because someone complained. It's the law. You are not allowed to have a structure on public property,” she said in an interview.

As for the neighbour who filed the complaint, Ms. Brown said she does not know who it was and does not want to know. “It's a small island,” she noted. The island's permanent population in the summer is about 500 people.

Ms. Brown is pleased with how things turned out. “It's been really good for Ana, because she realizes she has a bit of power in the world; she can make a change,” she said. “Ana told me, ‘I cannot believe one person can make such a difference.'”
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I've seen kids selling lemonade along the the Capitol Crescent Trail in Bethesda, Maryland.

I'm more interested in seeing refridgerated Gatorade stands though.
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geezus walrus, so much for the old days.
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I live in a very expensive part of town (but I'm broke..don't ask), and I see kids selling lemonade. The difference is that these kids have a large tent, coolers, a table, chairs, and lemonade costs $5/glass. When I passed today, 3 of the 5 kids were on cell phones haha.
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ive seen them once or twice but i dont carry money on my rides.
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Out in Chicago, on the trail to the Botanic Gardens, the kids would set up a lemonade stand.

I just wouldn't take an open drink from anyone, kids or adults. Sad. Nowadays, I don't trust kids any more than I trust adults.

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This little kid (maybe 9 years old) here in West LA wanted $2 for a little cup of lemonade. The little snake got my last two dollars
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About a month ago, i stopped off at a lemonade stand that was set up in the yard opf a home having a garage sale. I asked the little boy "How much?" and he said "25 cents a cup". I then asked if I could buy enough to fill my water bottle. He said "Uh, hold on" and ran into the house, saying "Maaaaaaaaaaa" as he went in. Came out a few seconds later and told me that his Mom said it would be OK. So I opened the bottle, and he diligently filled the cup, poured it into the bottle, and repeated until it was full. He then said "That'll be one dollar". I told him that he used 6 cups, and he answered "That bike is cool." I guess he liked my old chromed Raleigh SuperCourse.
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Originally Posted by duane041
About a month ago, i stopped off at a lemonade stand that was set up in the yard opf a home having a garage sale. I asked the little boy "How much?" and he said "25 cents a cup". I then asked if I could buy enough to fill my water bottle. He said "Uh, hold on" and ran into the house, saying "Maaaaaaaaaaa" as he went in. Came out a few seconds later and told me that his Mom said it would be OK. So I opened the bottle, and he diligently filled the cup, poured it into the bottle, and repeated until it was full. He then said "That'll be one dollar". I told him that he used 6 cups, and he answered "That bike is cool." I guess he liked my old chromed Raleigh SuperCourse.
That is a pretty slick looking ride.
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My wife and I were coming back from running errands and got 2 raspberry lemonades and 4 cookies for $2.00. They actually charged us a dollar but we gave them an additional dollar tip. I believe you should always stop at lemonade stands. It's good for the soul. Would have stopped again when I went out for my ride but they had already closed up shop.

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I have yet to see a lemonade stand anywhere around my area. I'd stop at one if I saw one though.
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hahah..here inthe cleveland area one or two summers ago, a girl was noted for having the BEST lemonade around. she attracted so much attention that people were going out of their way on road trips to stop for lemonade on their way to vacation. well she had been making alot alot of money and this litttle girl was actually donating to some sort of charity from what i remember. well, she started having traffic backing up, lines around the block etc. the city moved in, gave her a ticket and demanded that she have a buisness lisence before she re open. it was ridculous. she made alot of money, donated it. and got ticketed for it. my my what troublesome 8 year old girls are to the world.
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I was driving my truck with a friend (on the way to a bar thirsty for a beer) saw a lemonade stand $0.50 for a glass of lemonade or a $1 for a small bottle of water.

they ended up getting $15 bucks from us for 2 glasses of lemonade and a bottle of water.

I don't know how much business they got being way out in the country like they was, but I still feel good about us stopping.


I am a sucker for girlscout cookies too.



Originally Posted by koffee brown
Out in Chicago, on the trail to the Botanic Gardens, the kids would set up a lemonade stand.

I just wouldn't take an open drink from anyone, kids or adults. Sad. Nowadays, I don't trust kids any more than I trust adults.

Koffee

I feel the same, I gave $10 for a bottle of water and called it charity. But I would be scared to drink the lemonade. Depending on what part of town I am in (or what town) I am even scared to eat fast food.

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What are you guys afraid of, as far as open drinks? Just curious.
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Originally Posted by operator
That is a pretty slick looking ride.
Also a very cool story!
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Duane, that is such a cute story! Good of you to give the kid some business, too. Maybe he'll remember your cool bike and get into riding, himself, in a couple of years! Make a good impression, and all.
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Originally Posted by koffee brown
Out in Chicago, on the trail to the Botanic Gardens, the kids would set up a lemonade stand.

I just wouldn't take an open drink from anyone, kids or adults. Sad. Nowadays, I don't trust kids any more than I trust adults.

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You didn't mace them, did you?
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Originally Posted by woodboy
You didn't mace them, did you?

AAAAHHH ... MY EYES!!!!!!!!!!!!

When I did my first hundo (solo), I planned my route to go see the first house I owned about 10 years ago, and stopped at a little lemonade stand just around the corner. A very memorable ride, all in all.
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Originally Posted by ivan_yulaev
What are you guys afraid of, as far as open drinks? Just curious.
Piss. Or worse.
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Originally Posted by pseudobrit
Piss. Or worse.

I'd worry more about someone messing around with my food in the kitchen at a restaurant than I would a little kid pissing in my lemonade.
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I'd worry more about someone messing around with my food in the kitchen at a restaurant than I would a little kid pissing in my lemonade.
Where do you think big kids learned to mess around with food?

Just hope for something sterile like piss. Pray they didn't grind up grandma's Rx and spike your drink with crushed hormone replacement pills... or worse.

"Restaurant" food is often just as dirty when it's not deliberately tampered with. Yuck.
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I have one of those "stop to smell the flowers rules" for myself: "always stop at the lemonade stand". Last Sept during the NYC Century, way the bleep out in Bumblebutt, Queens (sorry Queens people -- it's actually one of the nicest parts of the ride) there was a lemonade stand at which I and the guy I had been riding with stopped for a drink and, IIRC, a brownie to boot.

The sad thing is that it's the only lemonade stand that I have come across in years. <sigh>
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Originally Posted by pseudobrit
Where do you think big kids learned to mess around with food?

Just hope for something sterile like piss. Pray they didn't grind up grandma's Rx and spike your drink with crushed hormone replacement pills... or worse.

"Restaurant" food is often just as dirty when it's not deliberately tampered with. Yuck.
I work at a restaurant. It's clean, trust me. Pots and pans are washed right after they're used, plates go right to the dishwasher and are cleaned. Its not like we piss in the gravy.

In the 1 1/2 years I've worked there, I've only once seen something that was wrong. One of the waitresses spit in a guy's food. I couldn't believe it, even if the guy she was serving was a jerk.


So, don't be a jerk and you'll get some awesome, untainted food. Oh yeah, and don't eat the clam chowder.
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