This was a classic case of competitor sabotage. Another lemonade vendor contacted the police about the kids’ stand. It’s still hard to believe that the police responded by shutting them down, though.
Denver Police Shut Down Children’s Lemonade Stand for Not Having Permit
Young boys selling lemonade faced an unpleasant surprise when the Denver police shut down their lemonade stand for not obtaining a permit.
The boys, along with their mother Jennifer Knowles, set up their lemonade stand during Memorial Day weekend to show off their entrepreneurship skills and raise money for a good cause.
“The boys went online and they decided they wanted to help a child in another country less fortunate, and we found a place in Colorado Springs called Charity International, and they picked a five-year-old boy in Indonesia,” Knowles told CBS Denver.
But their business venture turned sour when a nearby lemonade vendor called the police to shut down the stand for not having a permit.
“We had never thought that the other lemonade vendor could feel threatened by our little kid lemonade stand,” Knowles said. “I can understand why someone would get upset.”
Since when do kids even need a permit for this type of thing?