Children's Families Fined $500 For Operating Illegal Lemonade Stand

06/17/2011 10:52 am ET | Updated Aug 17, 2011
  • Harry Bradford Associate Editor, HuffPost Business and HuffPost Small Business

This post has been updated.

Even for kids selling lemonade near the US Open golf tournament in Maryland, it's hard to make a buck these days.

Many residents living nearby the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland have found a number of ways to earn a little extra income from the annually descending throng of fans. But this year, two families, the Marriotts and Augustines, have been fined $500 by the local county because their children were "operating a lemonade stand without a permit," according to a Thursday report by local news network 9News Now.

When asked to justify the fine, a county official noted the size of the operation. "Kids selling lemonade making five, ten dollars is a little different than making hundreds," he said. Meanwhile, those who paid the county nearly $300 were selling individual parking spots on their lawns for up to $60.

To the parents of the children, it doesn't seem fair. "The message to kids is: there's no American dream," Carrie Marriott, mother of some of the children, told 9News Now.

Update: Montgomery county has subsequently waived the $500 fine and allowed the lemonade stand to reopen in a location outside the "main strip."

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