Dear Snarky – A Lemonade Stand is Pissing Me Off

Dear Snarky,

My entire cul-de-sac now hates our neighbor’s kids. Since the beginning of the month every single warm day the kids set up a lemonade stand and harass anyone walking, biking or even driving a car by their stand. The kids are also so loud they sound like carnival barkers. I’m in my house with all the doors and windows closed and I can still hear them shouting non stop – “Buy our lemonade! You better buy our lemonade!” (P.S. The lemonade is $1.00 for a Dixie Cup sized sip.)

To make matters worse if you don’t stop and buy lemonade the mom, if she’s outside, will heckle you. Last week, she yelled at me with “What’s wrong with you? Who doesn’t buy lemonade from kids? You just said to no to kids. Unbelievable!”

These kids are homeschooled so they’re always outside even at 11 a.m. on a weekday. It’s like you can’t escape them.

Signed, I Want My Quiet Neighborhood Back.

Dear Quiet,

A person who believes in the goodness of mankind would tell you to have a friendly conversation with this mom and gently ask if the lemonade hawking could be scaled back and perhaps sold at a lower volume.

But because I’m already inclined to believe that this mom is a jerk. I mean, come on, who audibly shames people for not buying her kids’ lemonade, I’m going to suggest a more hard-core option.

I checked with the local police and there’s not much they can do, but they did offer up a back door solution. Call City Hall and talk to their Code Enforcement officer. Your neighbor is quite possibly violating city code in terms of soliciting. It seems a perennial lemonade stand is frowned upon in most suburban neighborhoods.

This solution keeps you out of it in terms of any direct neighbor finger-pointing and it serves as a heads up to the lemonade gang that they’re overstepping the bounds of cute kids selling fruity drinks and entering the harassment zone.

*If you have a question for Dear Snarky – 21st Century Advice With an Attitude – email me at snarkyinthesuburbs@gmail.com or PM on my Snarky FB page.

 

 

 

 

 

6 thoughts on “Dear Snarky – A Lemonade Stand is Pissing Me Off

  1. HOA President says:

    If the letter writer lives in a neighborhood with a HOA they could probably help limit the hours of lemonade selling. IMHO these neighbors sound awful. Who allows their kids to shout “you better buy our lemonade”? I guess a mom who heckles her neighbors. 😦

  2. Adult beverage cart says:

    As a response to the mom I would say I don’t have my vodka with me and walk away. Just leave that hanging in the air.

  3. Scott B says:

    I agree with the sentiment that you should buy lemonade from kids. . .but that applies to the ones that set it up a few times at most. I would speculate, though, that this mom will try to go to the local news if the cops shut down the lemonade stand. I think it’s the right tactic in this case and hopefully will get them to scale it back. I guess if the HOA has a management company to deal with stuff it would also keep the neighbors out of being the “bad guys”

  4. texashomeschooler says:

    How about going up to the kids and offering them some advice on sexual predators with statistics on prostitution rings etc.., I’d be willing to bet that lemonade stand would be shut down ASAP! I suspect after that little piece of assistance with their home schooling and the mother getting to explain that little nugget, you may never see them outside again 😬 Your welcome!

  5. Laura says:

    The Health inspector might be another resource. If the stand is supposed to be part of a “learning experience” for the children, they need to learn about obtaining proper permits, standards for selling food products and proper inspections, and effective marketing. It surely must be a time of learning if they are out there during prime learning hours.

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