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Neighbor Hellbent On Shutting Down Kid's 'Illegal' Lemonade Stand

08/26/2014 02:45 pm ET | Updated Aug 27, 2014

When life gives you lemons, stay away from this guy.

Doug Wilkey, 61, is fighting to get authorities to close down the unlicensed lemonade stand of his 12-year-old neighbor, T.J. Guerrero, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Wilkey, who lives in Dunedin, Florida, has emailed City Hall at least four times, pleading that they force Guerrero to close his business, according to the Times.

“Please help me regain my quiet home and neighborhood,” wrote Wilkey, who said the stand is causing excessive traffic, trash, illegal parking and noise.

Records obtained by the Times say Wilkey contacted City Hall twice to complain last year, then twice this year to complain the stand was back "AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Deputy Wayne Gross of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s office investigated, finding that Guerrero had around 10-30 customers a day, and other neighbors seem to be fine with the situation.

Wilkey however, says he’s "very worried about the value of my home, which is why I built in a residential area, not a business area."

The man’s complaints may have backfired. After news of the conflict came out, hundreds of customers came to purchase lemonade and cookies from Guerrero, according to Fox 13. Guerrero made more than $600 in two hours.

Supporters of the pre-teen included Dave Eggers, the mayor of Dunedin.

“I think it is a great show of entrepreneurship," Eggers told WPTV. "This 12-year-old is setting a great example. I don't know what the other neighbor’s problem is, but I would like to talk to him to try to figure it out.”

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