Florida Man Wants Police To Shut Down Child’s Lemonade Stand
Doug Wilkey, 61, is going after 12-year-old T. J. Guerrero in Dunedin, FL, for a lemonade stand he feels is making too much noise and harming his property values.
Dunedin planning and development director Greg Rice told the Tampa Bay Times, “We’re not in the business of trying to regulate kids like that; nor do we want to do any code enforcement like that. We are not out there trying to put lemonade stands out of business.” But that hasn’t dissuaded Wilkey, who brought Pinellas County sheriff’s community police officers to the area twice to settle the conflict.
Wilkey claims T.J’s friends make noise, use profanity, and throw rocks and debris that he then has to clean up. (Because of Wilkey’s complaints about his friends, T.J. sells his $1 lemonade and $.50 cookies alone.)
Wikey wrote in an email
“If this were a once a year event by a couple kids to earn a little money for a holiday or something, I would not have a problem with it. I am very worried about the value of my home, which is why I built in a residential area, not a business area.”[su_sky_ad]