A Man Actually Threatened to Call the Cops on This Girl's Lemonade Stand

Jasmine LaRoche poses with her lemonade stand
Frank Somerville KTVU/Facebook

In the latest case of "What the Hell is Wrong with People?", a northern California man reportedly threatened to call the police on a 13-year-old girl's lemonade stand because she couldn't provide a business license. Take note of the key words here: 13-year-old girl's lemonade stand. 


Jasmine LaRoche was simply engaging in a summer ritual of kiddos everywhere -- the classic lemonade stand side hustle -- when she was approached by a dude who intimidated her by requesting to see a license to operate said "business." When she couldn't provide the paperwork (because what kid can?), the man pretended to ring the cops on his cell phone. The teen, whose stand was set up across from the main entrance of her family's gated community, packed up her refreshments and headed home, shaken by the exchange.

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Jasmine's father Richard was none too pleased to hear of the needless intimidation of his daughter, and posted an open letter to the killjoy on Facebook. The story quickly caught the attention of local news station KTVU's Frank Somerville, who shared it with the community. 

"Whoever the man (I wouldn't call you that if I didn't have to) was that threatened to call the police on my daughter for her lemonade stand, you are seriously pathetic," wrote Richard. "We allowed her only one hour to go there. Seriously, she was there 10 minutes and you threatened her. She is trying to do something constructive with her time and you hassled her for no good reason."

man calls police on lemonade stand
Frank Somerville KTUV/Facebook

The father then apologized if Jasmine's ambition threatened the stranger.

"There is a right way and a wrong way to do things. I understand that you are upholding the 'law' but really dude?" he continued. "You're the reason why kids lack ambition nowadays, fear caused by schmucks like you, you are a sad individual."

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Personally, I cosign all of this. Who is so offended by an innocent lemonade stand that they feel the need to confront a child? I would react the same way if my children were approached in such a hostile manner. 

Fortunately, with the help of her parents, Jasmine felt confident enough to reopen her lemonade stand, this time directly in front of the family's home. Even better, with the publicity from KTVU, the "business" did gangbusters, with neighbors and even police offers stopping by for a glass of the refreshing beverage.

police lemonade stand
Frank Somerville KTUV/Facebook

The moral of the story? When life hands you lemons, keep making lemonade.

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