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Little Kid’s Lemonade Stand Shut Down by Cops, Restaurant Steps in to Help

Dave Thomas- Toronto Sun

I know yesterday was Good News Monday, but there’s nothing wrong with spreading the good news through the week, is there?


Do you remember when we were kids and it wasn’t summer until you had a lemonade stand? I can’t even tell you how many days I spent set up outside my house selling 10 cent cups of lemonade to my neighbors and nobody had a problem with it.  Having a lemonade stand was basically a rite of passage and neighbors had better things to do than fight to shut down the innocent money making operation of a little kid.

A 9-year-old autistic boy whose grumpy neighbor stopped him from selling lemonade for a good cause will now get his chance to raise money and on a much, much larger scale.  


Corbin Potter was selling lemonade near his house in Toronto earlier this month when his neighbor complained to the cops and got the stand shut down.


Corbin was raising money to help Toronto’s Sick Kids hospital, but he was apparently shouting a little too loudly at customers.  After the mean neighbor first offered him $5 to keep quiet, the woman called police and complained and they forced Corbin to stop selling because he didn’t have any permits.  


The Toronto Sun eventually picked up the story, which caught the attention of Ryan Grant, the business development manager for nearby Baton Rouge restaurant. Grant has now offered Corbin and his siblings use of the restaurant on August 13th.


Proceeds from the lemonade sales will go to Sick Kids, but that’s not all. Baton Rouge’s staff has already started donating money to the cause, and the company’s head office and franchises are both planning to match whatever Corbin makes.  


“Corbin has been so touched, he was almost in tears,” his mom told The Sun.


Talk about turning lemons into lemonade!

[Toronto Sun]

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