A lemonade stand is often the first introduction to capitalism young children in America have — and what a lesson. Supply and demand, baby. The weather is hot, it’s humid, and your plastic water bottle ran out of the goods two hours ago.
Like a mirage, the thirsty will see young children running a stand in the distance. Sure, they don’t have an “A” rating from a health inspector, but they did load enough sugar in their lemon concoction to get you through.
Often, they charge a reasonable amount, since they are not yet initiated into deflation. We’re talking about 50 cents a pop — at most.
So when a Brooklyn Park boy made $20 off his stand, it was a big deal. Gracen, who is 9, earned a full Andrew Jackson.
Unfortunately, two junior high kids rode their bicycles past his stand and stole the money out of his cup.
Gracen’s dad, Mark, told KTIS:
“Two junior high kids on bikes drove by his stand and stole $20 out of his cup. Gracen called me up and asked me if he should call the police, and I said that he probably shouldn’t bother them, but I did pray for him over the phone using the verse from Proverbs 6:31 that says whatever the thief steals, he has to pay back sevenfold. Later I called him back and told him to go ahead and call the police that if they weren’t busy maybe they would help him out. When I got home there were two Brooklyn Park police cars on the street in front of his lemonade stand and the nice lady officer told him she was going to replace his $20, and she said, “but I want Dad to hold on to it, ” so she gave it to me to hold for him. After that, a third police car showed up, and that officer asked for 4 cups of lemonade and gave him $5. By the end of the day, he had $50 because of the officers.”
The next day, another officer stopped by for lemonade. Mark’s wife was stunned by the officers’ heartfelt response.
In return, Gracen plans to bring cookies and a thank-you note to the department.
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