News media nationwide reported this story, the St. Petersburg Times recounts: A 6-year-old girl in sweltering Southwest Florida tries to make a little summer money by starting a lemonade stand. A crabby neighbor demands that the stand be licensed or shut down. Heavy-handed police officers force the child out of business. Finally, stingy city officials cave to public pressure and grant the license – for free.
But the reality of Avigayil Wardein’s lemonade adventure was different, the Times says. Police didn’t really shut down the stand, much less arrest any children, as some have claimed. And the city had granted the license without a fee long before the first word about the controversy was broadcast or printed.
Naples, Fla., Police Chief Steven Moore chuckled at what everyone calls simply “The Lemonade Case.” He said, “It’s really no different from hundreds of complaints that we respond to all the time. But the mother has done an excellent job of marketing this.”