Country Time Stands Up to “Arcane Laws” Against Kids Lemonade Stands

By Aaron Kesel

Popular lemonade brand under Kraft Heinz, Country Time, is “taking a stand for lemonade stands” and pledging to help kids cover the costs of city permits when young kids end up getting their lemonade stands shut down and fined.

“Around the country, kids across the country are getting busted for lemonade stands,” the company said in a video posted to its official Twitter account Thursday.

Using the hashtag #SaveLemonadeStands the company stated, “when life gives you arcane laws, make lemonade.” The clip briefly featured what appeared to be headlines about lemonade stand-related prosecutions of the last few years.

The brand is launching a new fund called Legal-Ade, “a crack team ready to straighten out lemonade stands permits and fines.”

The stipulations are simple:  your kid needs to be 14 years old or younger to take part in the program.

If a lemonade stand gets shut down or ticketed by city officials for not having proper permits or licenses, Country Time said it will reimburse the cost of the fine or permit up to $300, and up to a total limit of $60,000 for 200 kids’ legal defenses.

In addition to the reimbursement, Country Time said it will donate $1 for every retweet that the Legal-Ade video gets on Twitter — up to $500,000 — to help kids with the same issue in the future.

“Life doesn’t always give you lemons, but when it does, you should be able to make and share lemonade with the neighborhood without legal implications,” according to the Legal-Ade website.

Just two weeks ago on (May 30th), police officers in Denver, Colorado, shut down two young boys’ lemonade stand, raising money for charity, because the boys didn’t have a $125-a-day permit.

Their mother, Jennifer Knowles, said she was horrified when an officer confronted them and demanded that they shut down the stand immediately, The Denver Post reported.

“The police officers came over and they said that because my boys and I did not have permits for a lemonade stand they shut us down and we had to stop immediately,” Knowles said. “My boys were crushed. They were devastated. And I can’t believe that happened. I remember as a child I always had lemonade stands and never had to worry about being shut down by the police officers. I mean that’s unheard of.”

This isn’t an isolated incident either. Police have also shut down kids’ lemonade stands in Georgia and Texas over the years.

Big government is encroaching on wholesome summertime fun of kids and its great to see two corporations standing up for the kids’ rights to have a lemonade stand. Yes, lemonade stands are often unlicensed, and we should keep them that way. Who cares? No single kid is operating under the assumption that lemonade stands are established businesses. They are just doing it for fun.

August 20th is now unofficially National Lemonade Freedom Day, because when life gives you oppressive government regulation — make lemonade or something to that effect.

Aaron Kesel writes for Activist Post.

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19 Comments on "Country Time Stands Up to “Arcane Laws” Against Kids Lemonade Stands"

  1. Good for Country Time !

  2. Simple solution: cop shows up and tells you that a permit is needed to sell lemonade. You tell him, “I’m not selling lemonade, I’m selling cups. The lemonade is free.” Of course your stand should be advertising free lemonade with the purchase of a cup. Other strategy is to advertise “Free Lemonade! Donations welcomed” Country Time could actually do a funny commercial outlining this whole legal charade. You can’t sell lemonade but you can hold a yard sale every day of the week in any city in America with one bothering you. Go figure.

  3. How about just changing the F-ing laws to something more reasonable.

    • Plebs and Slaves petition their gov’t to do things.

      Freemen first ask, then demand, then do it themselves.

      We don’t have enough Freemen that will stand, so everyone dies. Oh well, it’s 6/11, let’s see if anything happens as predicted by #TooQuteAnon and #ETS now #TheCheshireCat. Today, no new news, so I still am calling BS.

      As Anthony Bourbain said, the world would be a much better place if white people didn’t exist. I doubt that very much but he thought globally and acted locally, even if #TheClintonBodyCount help him out after his 6/5/18 tweet saying he had information that would put Hillary in jail.

      Sjw’s and progressives, take a stand: “Save the Earth, Kill Yourselves,” –

  4. There are no lemons in countrytime. It’s industrial effluent that doesn’t even taste remotely like lemonade.

    sugar, fructose, citric acid (of which less than 2 percent is ascorbic acid), natural flavor and soy lecithin. Other ingredients include artificial color, calcium fumarate, magnesium oxide, maltodextrin, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium citrate, tocopherol and yellow 5 lake.

    Lake colors, by the way, contain aluminum. Great for kids growing brains.

    Get some lemons for crissakes.

    • Chemical cocktails. I wonder if the laboratories that produce the crap that is marketed as a “healthy substitute” for natural foods have to have a “city permit”. Perhaps a condition of holding government elective office, appointive office, or employment as a bureaucrat as government is now constituted should be daily consumption of as much of the toxic substances they recommend for the rest of us as possible.

  5. I call BS on this article and Country Time. What a PR stunt (only).

    As written, it basically states Country Time will help some kids that are caught breaking “arcane laws” to pay a fine and admit guilt.

    Where are any “arcane laws” going to be fought?

  6. It seems to me you are confusing government with organized crime. It is not government, it is organized crime muscling in on the action by extorting permits, ‘protection money’. This is communism folks. Plain and simple. Pay the extortion slaves, or else. Extortion/ racketeering are crimes. Criminals cannot represent government.
    If only the Fn slaves weren’t so stupid maybe something could be done, but you can’t fix stupid. God knows I’ve tried for so many years.

  7. When laws or ordinances are made, they are made to cover the sources of the greatest possible harm without paying due attention to the small things like Lemonaide stands, which falls under the regulations that also cover restaurants where food safety is really important. The same goes for the Ag rules which can apply to your garden even if you just give away the produce as happened to a neighbor last year when he put surplus Zukes on his curb. If you look though the city ordinances of particularly small towns you will find some really strange things. About 50 years ago, I found that Ft. Collins, CO had an ordinance that forbid the carrying of lunch pails in public – this was left over from about 1910 when the UMW and the underground coal mining in the area were taking off; my room mate had been cited for ‘making strange noises’ – which was not against the law. If you want to look at some laws that are never enforced you should look at the Federal laws that only apply to Federal employees and then look to find that there is no record of them ever being enforced. Check out 26 USC 7214.

  8. Big PR stunt. ” there were definitely cases over the years where children’s entrepreneurial dreams were dashed by municipal red tape. In most incidents, children were directed to obtain permits (and in the ones involving fines, the costs were typically waived).”

    Snopes found no actual cases of fines, police not they enforce only when there are public compliant, and permits are issued to insure health of public: “There was a lemonade-related brouhaha in Texas in 2015, but again the costs involved pertained to obtaining permits (not fines assessed). The same scenario made the news in Oregon in 2010, where a child needed a costly permit to continue hawking lemonade. And in 1998, a child was purportedly threatened with a fine for selling cold drinks on a hot day.

    And why not report this: “Kids no longer need permits to open lemonade stands in the city of Austin.”

    Here’s why we have permits and health regulations: “This week’s Food Safety Infosheet from the International Food Safety Network focuses on a norovirus outbreak traced to a lemonade stand run by cheerleaders at a community festival.”

    Is food poisoning a real risk? “According to the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 1 in 6 Americans get sick with food poisoning each year. Infants, children, older adults, and people with chronic illnesses or compromised immune systems are at the greatest risk.”

    For an education on why food safety regulation is necessary, read Sinclair Lewis’s classic The Jungle: ” Upton Sinclair wrote a novel entitled The Jungle—a tale of greed and abuse that still reverberates as a case against a free economy. Sinclair’s “jungle” was unregulated enterprise; his example was the meat-packing industry; his purpose was government regulation. The culmination of his work was the passage in 1906 of the Meat Inspection Act,”

    Here is the “Nanny” state at work: “March 3, 2018 – Interstate Meat Distributors, Inc., a Clackamas, Ore. establishment, is recalling approximately 14,806 pounds of ground beef and pork products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.”

    Here is yesterday’s Nanny state at work: “t least 60 people have been made sick and 31 are in the hospital after eating pre-cut melon contaminated with salmonella, federal health officials said Saturday.


    Trader Joe’s helps man pull off elaborate, ‘dream’ proposal inside a store

    Introducing IHOB! Here’s what IHOP is officially changing its name to
    The suspected cut melon products were sold in stores including Costco, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Walgreens and Whole Foods in eight states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

    They are all linked to the the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, the CDC said. The company has recalled the melon.

    “Recalled products were distributed to Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio,” the CDC said.”

    “ gives list of 25 recalls in the past 25 days.

    Today, we need to expand food regulation to ban foods which have been grown with carcinogens (ie 70% of gmo crops). Laws that safeguard our health are not arcane; they need to be expanded.

    The Constitution mandates the government to “promote…and provide for the general welfare.” Who would argue that safe food is NOT in the domain of the general welfare?

    Among the fake chemical “foods” that should be banned is the fake lemonade from countrytime, which markets toxic products and is using this fake scandal as a form of commercial propaganda.

    • throw your snopes away..its a left wing pro government disinformation site

      • Throw away your kill the messenger fallacy and provide some cases that refute the documented evidence snopes provided. A source is only as good as its primary sources, and if you have sources which provide evidence to refute the information snopes reported, present it Put up or shut up. Your logical fallacy will stand until you provide well-sourced evidence that the snopes information is false.

        • i just found a dozen different news articles on kids getting fined, it took me less than 5 minutes..some as young as 5 years old..tell that to your left wing pro government misinformation website

          • dale ruff | June 11, 2018 at 4:51 pm |

            That’s funny. I provide a source claiming fines are rare and you respond that you found dozens in 5 minutes but provide NO sources at all. I challenge you to provide the dozens of articles and sources. I think you are lying: assertions made without evidence can be dismissed without evidence (Christopher Hitchens).

            I googled fines for lemonade stands and found exactly one case of a fine (which was mentioned by snopes): “Heartless councilmen reduced a 5-year-old girl to tears by shutting down her homemade lemonade stand.

            The little girl set up a stall selling the homemade drink to music lovers heading to Lovebox festival in East London on Saturday.

            But the girl had her stand shut down by the local council and was slapped with the £150 ($195) fine.”

            It was in England.
            So show us the dozens of documnted fines. Put up or shut up.

          • freewill2 | June 11, 2018 at 5:12 pm |

            i found different news can too..some day i hope you left wingers learn how to do something other than protecting government thugs..

          • dale ruff | June 11, 2018 at 5:23 pm |

            You are busted! You can’t provide sources or links for the “dozens” of cases of fines you found in 5 minutes. You are exposed as a liar.

  9. This permitting process is nothing more han EXTORTION! Government seems to be of he opinion that its EMPLOYER’S, US, exist only to keep government afloat…….with our MONEY!

  10. Hillyard Hellraiser | June 11, 2018 at 11:53 pm |

    Cities all over the country will be ordaining “lemonade Nazi’s because they know they’ll get paid. It will be as beneficial to them as speed traps and parking meters. Watch them jack up the cost for permits and fines too and justify it by claiming they need to do it because they need to hire more officers to help break up the illegal lemonade underground.

  11. I BEGGED, I mean ***BEGGED*** Country Time not to do this!!! Yes. ***NOT*** to do this! Why would a robo-libertarian do that? Because what they are doing is *complying* rather than fighting back! They are paying into government coffers for the mis-deeds of government! They should *NOT* pay for permits, nor should they be paying fines! Rather than lining government coffers they should be fighting back by helping these kids and their parents go to court to challenge these laws. They should be there at un-permitted stands (with media perhaps) and challenge the police when they come. Then they should partner with the likes of the Institute for Justice and/or the Rutherford Institute to challenge these rules in court. This is not *only* about economic freedom, but a teaching opportunity for the kids.

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