Are illegal lemonade stands the greatest threat to Ocean County?
We've been having a pretty epic run of hot and humid days. And what can be more refreshing on a muggy 90-degree day than an ice cold cup of lemonade?
Well, apparently if you're in some areas of Ocean County, setting up a lemonade stand is a good way to get a quick childhood lesson in code enforcement.
This past weekend, I was leaving my neighborhood to go run some errands when I spotted an enterprising group of pre-teens setting up chairs and a table, with a cooler and hand made signs in tow.
I decided that when I got back from my errands, I'd give the tots some business and throw a few bucks their way for their effort.
When I came back less than half an hour later though, it was like they were never there.
I asked one of my neighbors what had happened to the kids setting up the lemonade stand, and she told me that they were chased away by a representative of the condo association.
Let's dig into this a little deeper for a moment. I understand that lemonade served by 9-year-olds isn't strictly monitored, inspected by the Health Department, or giving the tax man his cut.
But they're kids, for crying out loud.
My neighborhood has much bigger problems than a few eager future entrepreneurs.
From residents cooking up dangerously large summer bonfires, to the dog owners who couldn't care less, you'd think that a neighborhood watch would have much more serious concerns than some maverick lemonade salespeople.
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