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A lemonade stand is a business that is commonly owned and operated by a child or children, to sell lemonade. The term may also be used to refer to stands that sell similar beverages like iced tea.
Lemonade stands are usually in technical violation of several laws, including operation without a business license, lack of adherence to health codes, and sometimes child labor laws. Despite this, prosecutions of lemonade stand operations are extremely rare, and when lemonade stands are shut down by authorities, the events can make national headlines. They create news reports portraying examples of governmental authorities overstepping their responsibilities.
Perhaps the best-known of all lemonade stands is Alex's Lemonade Stand for pediatric cancer research, which Alexandra Scott, herself a pediatric-cancer patient who eventually died of her strain of the disease, established to benefit such hospitals as were treating her condition.
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- Hayes, Kevin. "Lemonade Stand Shut Down by Food Inspectors; County Chair Apologizes". CBS News. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
- Police in Ga. shut down girls' lemonade stand. Associated Press. Retrieved 2011-07-16.
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