Cops Called on 12-Year-Old’s Lemonade Stand

Grumpy neighbor calls police on 12-year-old’s lemonade stand
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A Tampa man is trying to shut down a child's lemonade stand.

A Florida man is in the the running for the title of world’s crankiest neighbor after repeatedly calling the police on a local child’s lemonade stand.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, 12-year-old T.J. Guerrero had been selling homemade cookies and lemonade from a folding card table. He set up his stand from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. during the summer and most of the neighborhood said they had no problem with it, but one man is on a campaign to shut the middle schooler’s stand down.

"I am very worried about the value of my home, which is why I built in a residential area, not a business area," said 61-year-old Doug Wilkey in an email to City Hall urging police to shut down Guerrero’s “illegal business.” Wilkey maintains that Guerrero’s friends make noise and cause a nuisance. He also cited concerns about food safety.

"The city could possibly face repercussion in the event someone became ill from spoiled/contaminated food or drink sales," Wilkey wrote in another email.

Police, however, surveyed the neighborhood and the other residents said they thought the lemonade stand was cute.

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"I had one when I was a little kid. We all did," said neighbor Vincent Titara. "I think it's cute."