Jerry Seinfeld opened a charity lemonade stand with his son and two friends in an upscale East Hamptons neighborhood in New York. However, the lemonade stand was shut down by police after neighbors complained about the television star “peddling” in the streets. It seems the Seinfelds were good sports about the shutdown as Jerry Seinfeld’s wife Jessica chronicled the ordeal with a hilarious photo. The picture shows the lemonade criminals with their hands behind their head and a police cruiser in the backdrop.
Local newspaper 27 East reports that police were called to a East Hamptons neighborhood after it was reported that Jerry Seinfeld was operating an “illegal” lemonade stand in the area. Seinfeld was operating the stand with his son Julian and two friends, Xander and Jaden. The group was selling lemonade to raise funds for Jessica Seinfeld’s charity, Baby Buggy. The organization’s website notes that it provides essential clothing, gear, and services to children 0 through 14 with the goal of improving their safety, health, and well-being. Since the charity began in 2001 it has donated 16 million items to families in need.
Despite the noble cause behind the lemonade, police informed Seinfeld that he would have to close up shop as the stand violated village code. East Hampton Village Police Chief Jerry Larsen said they went to the scene after receiving complaints from neighbors and did not specifically seek out to shut down the stand on their own.
“Village code does not permit lemonade stands on village property. The village prohibits all forms of peddling on its property.”
The police chief noted that he received complaints from neighbors about illegally parked cars purchasing lemonade and the possibility of illegal peddling activity. Upon arrival, Jessica Seinfeld notes that Jerry was told the stand violated neighborhood codes and would have to shut down.
Jessica memorialized the epic lemonade stand shutdown with a photo of Jerry and the three boys standing with their hands behind their head as a police cruiser can be seen in the background. Though she was disappointed to see the stand shut down, Jessica says she is still thankful for all the “customers and big tippers” who came out before the stand was closed by police.
“Lemonade dreams crushed by local neighbor, but not before raising lots of money for @loverecycled. Thanks to all of our customers and big tippers! Thanks, Xander and Jaden, for crushing it today with Julian and Jerry.”
[Image Credit: Instagram/ Jessica Seinfeld]