Lemonade Stands Now Illegal?

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This article was written by at I have reprinted it because I am outraged by the latest licensing fee demanded by our government! This is even more ridiculous than the "Stuffing License" that Tail Wags Helmet Covers pays for ( Here's the Bunch Family article in its entirety: Remember how important you felt running your own lemonade stand – nay, lemonade business – as a youngster? That old folding table in the garage became your very own “store” where you peddled your wares: fresh-squeezed lemonade, or maybe just some grape Kool-Aid. Sadly, times have changed, and running a lemonade stand is no longer the innocent money-making endeavour it once was. No, pouring your friends cold drinks out of a plastic pitcher for 50 cents a cup is illegal. At least according to bylaw officials in Port Coquitlam, Vancouver. As this National Post article reports, 12-year-olds Mackenzie and Alex were selling lemonade, popcorn and homemade dog treats to raise funds for Mackenzie’s soccer team until some presumably bitter lady with nothing better to do reported them to city officials. The poor little dudes had to dismantle their stand because (and remember, we are not making this up) they were running it without a business licence. Ridic. We at Bunchland have great respect for the law, but in this instance we say for God’s sake do it anyway. And as a form of protest against the ridiculousness of harshing some kids’ summer fun, we encourage families everywhere to take up wooden spoons and lemon squeezers and head to the sidewalks to sell some ‘ade. If you agree this business license requirement is RIDICULOUS, please share this article on twitter and facebook!

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  • This is so sad!! How devastating for the kids that had to take their stand down. That bitter old woman seriously must have nothing better to do. The Lemonade stand is SO AMERICAN!!! Love the blog…will follow. Drop by mine if you get a chance!

    Lanae Bays on
  • All I can say is “Leave our kids alone”! Thanks Erin for visiting my blog site.

    Karyn Climans on
  • This is just absurd. I feel like I heard this is happening in my city of Pittsburgh too, though I still see lemonade stands popping up here and there.

    The fact that it’s “against the law” is annoying enough, but that people actually are mean enough to turn in kids is another.

    Erin on
  • Thanks Kimberly! I’m on my way over to your blog now.

    Karyn Climans on
  • Great blog! Came across your blog from one of the blog hops, and looking forward to reading more of your stuff. I am now following… feel free to follow back if you like!!!!
    All the best,

    Kimberly on

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