Lemonade Stand Robbery Latest Stupid Crime Wavelet

Elaine Radford - Author

Aug. 2 2013, Updated 7:20 a.m. ET

The latest report came from Johnstown, Pennsylvania on Thursday, when Johnstown Sargeant Patrick Goggin said that a 12-year-old boy held up a 10-year-old’s lemonade stand with a BB gun.

According to a Crimesider report, the tough younger tween wasn’t impressed, and the children reportedly actually fought over the $30 in the money box before the older boy took off with the cash.

But he got chased down by three other kids, who told the police where to find him. The would-be lemonade stand robber was then arrested and will be charged in juvenile court.

Ugh. An armed robbery over a $30 lemonade stand take? Doesn’t seem worth it.

And yet it isn’t a one-off.

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According to Penn Live, an 11-year-old boy in Wisconsin set up a lemonade stand in late July to raise money for a camping trip. Not one but two older teens teamed up to rob him of the $20 he’d raised.

A 17-year-old was arrested for the crime but the money was already gone. That’s sort of what happens in like two seconds when two people plan to split a whole 20 bucks.

For that kind of money, you could just mow a lawn or something. Think risk versus reward, people. This crime ain’t worth the time.

I reported on a more positive lemonade stand story in June. In that case, brave 5-year-old Jayden Sink set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church hate group’s property in Topeka, Kansas in order to raise money for The Equality House Planting Peace Project.

Jayden raised $400 at the lemonade stand in one day and thousands more online as a result of her courage. Fortunately, she was protected by multiple adult well-wishers from the hate group — not to mention any wannabe lemonade stand armed robbers.

Have you heard about any other stupid lemonade stand robberies? Is this actually a thing now? Let me know.

[lemonade stand file photo by Hurst Photo via Shutterstock]


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