Grown Man Tries to Destroy 12-Year-Old Neighbor's Lemonade Stand

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Most of us smile at the sight of a cute, enterprising kid manning a lemonade stand. There is something sweet about seeing a child work hard for spending money. However, one Florida man doesn't think so. Doug Wilkey is trying to get 12-year-old T.J. Guerrero's lemonade stand shut down.


He started selling cups for $1 and cookies for $.50 to earn money for an iPod. Apparently the roadside beverage business, which the kid runs for several months, is a menace to the 61-year-old. He has emailed the city at least four times about it. His complaint: T.J.'s foul-mouthed, hooligan friends hang around the stand and throw things on his lawn. He even alleges they lit fireworks that scared his dog. In addition, he claims one of them crashed a bike into his parked car.

“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,” he wrote in one of his complaints. “I am very worried about the value of my home, which is why I built in a residential area, not a business area.”

And to show that his concern extends to his neighbors, he added, "The city could possibly face repercussions in the event someone became ill from spoiled/contaminated food or drink sales."

You would think he would be happy the kid is doing something constructive with his time rather than loitering or getting into trouble with his friends.

He clearly comes off as the neighborhood Grinch. Other residents don't mind. That said, Wilkey has every right to complain. He has probably worked hard for his home and takes pride in its appearance. Perhaps what T.J. is doing does affect his property values. That would annoy or anger lots of people, I'm sure. Though I have to wonder if he tried speaking with T.J. or his parents first. This attack just makes him seem like a grumpy old man.

Do you think Wilkey is right to complain?


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