I have to give credit where credit is due. I was swindled at a lemonade stand yesterday, which was hosted by a few kids. I'm guessing here but all three of them looked to be between the ages of 6-10 and they found the perfect customer to sell lemonade to...there's a sucker born every minute.

In 2021, there was a Tweet that went viral from a father whose daughter cashed in while hosting her own lemonade stand. What happened to me yesterday (July-6) reminded me an awful lot of this viral tweet.

According to Mirror, Eric Hulse Tweeted this back in July of 2021

My daughter made $110 on her lemonade stand today, in like an hour. Turned out people were handing her $5s and $10s and she was just assertively saying thank you for the tip, and not offering change.

Unsplash - Marina Grynykha
Unsplash - Marina Grynykha

Most of the internet found this pretty funny and thought it was a pretty cute story. Of course, you can't please everyone on the Internet. There were some individuals who thought this girl was stealing people's money and it wasn't okay.

I'm here to say, I was 100% okay helping out these young entrepreneurs and this is all in good fun.

Yesterday, after going out to dinner, my fiance and I drove past these 3 kids selling lemonade. We both started joking about the lemonade stands we did when we were kids and we decided to turn around, pull over, and grab some lemonade. There was one problem, I only had my cards and a $10 bill on me. With technology these days, you just never know if the kids have a way for you to pay with a card. I thought, "Maybe they'll have something to swipe my card." 

When I walked up to them I quickly realized this was a cash-only lemonade stand, so I asked them if they had any change. Sadly, they only had a $5 dollar bill and a $1 dollar bill in their "piggy bank." Each glass was $1, so what was the only choice to make? I gave them $10 for two glasses of pink lemonade and told them to just keep it. My kind heart be damned.


Was I swindled by these 3 young entrepreneurs? ABSOLUTELY! I was swindled by their adorableness and how excited they were to receive 10 bucks. I would've done anything for $10 when hosting a lemonade stand as a kid.

In the photo, you can see the lemonade did come with these great plastic red cups and straws, so I'd say the presentation of this item was pretty solid. That alone has to be worth a few bucks. They also had to make the lemonade and pour it into 2 cups, so that also has to be worth a few extra bucks on the tip. As I continue writing this, I'm starting to think I might've actually won in this transaction.

When I got into the car, I had to tell my fiance that I just spend $10 on two glasses of lemonade and she just laughed. She gave me a good reminder that "those kids need the $10 more than we do" and you know what, she was right.

I hope they don't spend it all in one place. I'm also not exactly sure how the 3 of them were going to split a $10 bill but I hope they at least shared.

Be careful the next time you go to a lemonade stand! You might be overwhelmed by the innocence of children and before you know it, you've left a 500% tip without even realizing what just happened.

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