August 24, 2014 5:19 pm -

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]

D.B. Hirsch
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39 responses to Florida Man Wants Police To Shut Down Child’s Lemonade Stand

  1. tiredoftea August 24th, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Ummm, OK, the lack of civility and neighborliness has reached this point, now? I suppose we should be thankful the idiot didn’t threaten the kid with a gun, it is Florida.

    • Tommy6860 August 24th, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      You just gave this idiot an idea for his defense as “Lemonade Stand Your Ground” 😛

      • tiredoftea August 24th, 2014 at 6:46 pm

        Oh, crap, you’re right!

      • moonkat51 August 27th, 2014 at 9:20 am

        Well done, Tommy

  2. fantagor August 24th, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    When life gives others lemons, bitch when they make lemonade.

  3. Cal August 24th, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    What an a$$hole this old dude is.

  4. Tommy Bresnahan August 24th, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    What a DICK!!

    • tiredoftea August 24th, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      Hey, nice family pic!

  5. Cal August 24th, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Get off my lawn

  6. bpollen August 24th, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    I, on the other hand, always try to patronize lemonade stands when i see them.

  7. RK Johnston August 24th, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    I did not know that Oscar The Grouch lived in Florida!
    Sweet Fanny Adams!
    And this man is concerned that a lemonade stand is going to affect his property values?
    Just goes to show you that the Geezer Ebeneezer is still alive-and-well.

  8. Heathyr Lynn August 25th, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Property values? Don’t lemonade stands usually make one think “nice family friendly neighborhood”? Don’t they fold down and go away fairly easily ? This man is lonely and depressed he needs a psychiatrist. I feel sorry for him and all that fall in the wake of his sad miserable existence

  9. granpa.usthai August 25th, 2014 at 1:34 am

    have the kid round up a bunch of his little friends, lock and load with a lot of US Military armaments, call the ole geezer out (“GO F*CK YOURSELF_we’ll f*cking kill you”) and see who backs down first. We must instill in our youth to uphold ‘rule of law’ otherwise they’ll be as lawless as some of the protesters in Ferguson, Missouri not “moving fast enough” – a dark enough violation to be considered a felony preventing the ‘legal’ bearing of arms in a well UNREGULATED militia.

  10. David August 25th, 2014 at 5:58 am

    If this guy is 61 it means he was born in the 50’s. In the 50’s we actually did stuff like this ALL THE TIME! For crisakes, doesn’t this ass pipe remember being a kid? Ruin his property values? Give me a break. This guy is just an anal retentive, ornery old bastid with nothing better to do. Go home and watch Fox News and leave the kid alone!

    • momatad August 25th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      Got a nickle that says it’s not the ‘stand’ Ol’ Man Wilkey is worried about ruining his property values………it’s that the kids’ name is Guerrero.

      • Judgeforyourself37 August 25th, 2014 at 2:47 pm

        Sad to say that you are probably right. So that old fart is a racist, too, along being nucking futs. I digress if he is a racist, he IS nucking futs.

        • AverageRandomJoe August 27th, 2014 at 3:32 pm

          Or just another old fart that hates kids, regardless of race. As one with kids, the older the person the more likely they are going to act like jerks toward my kids.

      • David August 25th, 2014 at 9:22 pm

        My dad was a bloody racist when I was quite young. I can still remember some of his remarks about folks of color……asinine. The neighborhood we finally moved into was so diverse and the folks so friendly and non-stereotypical, that eventually my dad became “enlightened” and actually reached out to his neighbors and became good friends with many of them. His property values were only affected by the real estate crash, not by his neighbors…..they all got smacked the same.

      • AverageRandomJoe August 27th, 2014 at 3:31 pm

        That would be the race card point of view. But any person with kids and lives around older residents knows that older people can be nice with kids or curmudgeons with kids. Our neighbor runs to the HOA whenever a kid uses sidewalk chalk or the other neighbor that reports the kids each time they ride their bike in the street (actually, the HOA rules states they have to ride in the street) with adult supervision. Could it be racial? Sure, it is possible. Do I assume every conflict that has two people from different races is racially driven? No.

  11. John_St_John August 25th, 2014 at 6:12 am

    Talk about mental issues. David Wilkey is chock full of them.

  12. NancyEH August 25th, 2014 at 6:54 am

    There are very few facts in this piece, but two interest me: (1) the kid is 12 and (2) he *now* sells alone. I know no 12yo who would be interested in running a lemonade stand, so I’d have been interested to know why *this* endeavor and not something more age-appropriate. On the second point, how many kids were there at the beginning? Were they doing what Mr. Wilkey said they were? A few pointed questions would have been valuable.

    • Snoopy1964 August 25th, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      You don’t know many 12 year olds then, how else can a kid that age earn money.. that’s the perfect age appropriate endeavor.

  13. Denise August 25th, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Whatever happened to the free market? I doubt only kids buy the lemonade. Leave him alone! Most of the noise I hear is coming from the jerk who has forgotten what it is like to be 12 and is complaining about a lemonade stand.

  14. CIAustralia August 25th, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Oh pull ya head out of yer ass, ya whinging ole git.

  15. Shades August 25th, 2014 at 8:57 am

    What a DB.

  16. sharongibson August 25th, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Going after a kid with a lemonade stand. Good grief, does he call the police when the ice cream truck comes jingling along?

  17. voice_reason August 25th, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    sounds like a freaking crotchety old fart who needs to have a talking to by some adult in the room

  18. Rixar13 McGinnis August 25th, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    I’ll be nice, this guy is Nucking Futs.

  19. Adam J. Reizner August 25th, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Get off my lawn!

  20. Dan Francis August 25th, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Um….Aren’t there more important, actual problems, to worry about?

    • R.J. Carter August 25th, 2014 at 5:03 pm

      Yes, like the little girl in Illinois who had to quit selling cupcakes out of her kitchen because she didn’t have Health Inspector certification. (Source: Time Magazine

      • Dan Francis August 25th, 2014 at 11:28 pm

        I do hope that’s sarcasm. Because a kid selling freaking lemonade (on public land, by the way; the kid isn’t crossing any ‘lease lines’) is SOOOO much the horrible thing compared to parents killing their disabled children, or cops being dishonourable pigs and killing civilians, right?

        • R.J. Carter August 26th, 2014 at 9:27 am

          Well, no, not exactly sarcasm. More to point out that the issue was hardly singular in its occurrence. At least once a year I hear about a kids lemonade stand (or other lucrative entrepreneurial venture) being shut down for being too successful.

          So let’s move on to ISIS…

          • Dan Francis August 26th, 2014 at 5:18 pm

            True, that. This kid is what, the fourth this year?

  21. Kenda Rye August 26th, 2014 at 10:02 am

    A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

  22. Marty Holden August 27th, 2014 at 2:47 am

    Speaking as a Real Estate Agent, the thing in the story that will affect property values negatively, is the knowledge that someone with Wilkey’s behavior lives/and or owns property in the neighborhood.

  23. R.f. Burns August 27th, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    I wish the kid the very best!

  24. fifthdentist August 28th, 2014 at 12:23 am

    I think he’s about due to have the old dog poop in a burning bag on his porch steps played on him.

  25. fifthdentist August 28th, 2014 at 12:24 am

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that he voted for Romney. … And Mussolini.