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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 concept has become iconic of youthful summertime Americana to the degree that parodies and variations on the concept exist across media. The term may also be used to refer to stands that sell similar beverages like iced tea.
Lemonade stands are often viewed as a way to have children experience business at a young age, to plant the idea of earning money, economy freedom, and teamwork. Meanwhile, unlike a real business, they benefit from free labor and rent, lack of expenses, and the "love" from adults.
In some areas, 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.
Prosecutions of lemonade stand operations are extremely rare, but have been known to occur, typically to public outcry. As an example, a child's lemonade stand was shut down in the town of Overton, Texas in June 2015. When the mother tried to get a permit, she was told she would be required to have her kitchen inspected.
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- Aileron. "Are Lemonade Stands Good Training For Entrepreneurs?". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-04-20.
- Capotosto, Rosario; Wicks, Harry (August 1979). "Build the best lemonade stand on your block". Popular Mechanics. 152 (2): 86, 87, 129–131.
- Police in Ga. shut down girls' lemonade stand. Associated Press. Retrieved 2011-07-16.
- "Police Shut Down Girls' Lemonade Stand for Ridiculous Reason". yahoo.com.
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