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Three heroic Parks Department agents shut down renegade lemonade stand

Three sourpuss Parks Department agents put the squeeze on a 10-year-old girl in Riverside Park yesterday, slapping the tyke with a $50 ticket for hawking lemonade without a permit.



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Clementine Lee, who lives just blocks from the Upper West Side park, had dreamed of opening a lemonade stand since last year and took advantage of yesterday's beautiful weather to set up shop.

"It was such a hot day I figured people would want a cold drink," the aspiring juvenile juice mogul told The Post.

Business was booming for Clementine and her photographer dad, Richard, 49, for the first 20 minutes at the stand on West 73rd Street and Riverside Drive.

The father-daughter team was able to sell 10 glasses of the ice-cold drink for 50 cents each and the dozen chocolate chip cookies they baked.

But their day turned into the pits at 3 p.m. when the heartless pack of city sticklers iced their operation.



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"They approached us nonchalantly but then surrounded us," the peeved papa recalled. "They were very hostile as soon as they approached, saying 'Where's your permit? Where's your permit?' "

When Richard admitted he didn't have the right to sell on Parks property, the agents immediately slapped the dad and daughter with a summons for selling food without a license, which carries a maximum fine of $200.

"You've got to be kidding me, this is outrageous!" he told the agents.

Dozens of onlookers rallied to the pair's defense, shouting that the Parks officers were violating the Lees' civil rights, but the brokenhearted pair packed up and went home.

"Don't these agents have anything better to do?" Richard fumed to The Post. "They could have at least told us to move but they didn't give us a chance.

"There are better ways to raise money for the Parks Department then busting 10 year-olds."

His soccer-enthusiast daughter said the ordeal left a bitter taste in her mouth.

"I was really nervous when these three agents cornered me and my dad," said Clementine, who loves classical music and has been playing violin since she was 4.

"I think they should let people sell lemonade out here. We weren't hurting anyone."

But yesterday, after The Post contacted the department, Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe announced that the ticket would be nixed.

"The agent used extremely poor judgment" and didn't properly enforce the rule, Benepe said.

The bumbling Parks enforcement patrol officer will be re-trained on rules and regulations and will be reassigned, he added.

"We're going to make lemonade out of lemons . . . I look forward to buying lemonade from her if I pass by," said the commissioner.

Clementine said she might take him up on the offer.

"I'm going to wait a little while, but I'd love to [sell lemonade] again," she said.

As for her dad, he was relieved that "justice was served."


Added: Aug-16-2009 
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  • Yep. Shutdown a kid with a work ethic but reward welfare babies. Great work guys! Your true american heros!

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  • If that was a black girl and father being ticketed by white park officers there would have been far worst consequences. And the rainbow coalition would have been crying for their jobs.

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  • agents acted 'stupidly'

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  • We have all wondered what the effects of Affirmitive action would actually be. This my friends, is the tip of the ice berg. What's next, the presidency? Whoops...

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  • I bet they couldn't wait to slap da white man wit da ticket.

    too bad its gonna backfire.

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  • They should be fired!!!!

    But yesterday, after The Post contacted the department, Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe announced that the ticket would be nixed.

    "The agent used extremely poor judgment" and didn't properly enforce the rule, Benepe said.

    The bumbling Parks enforcement patrol officer will be re-trained on rules and regulations and will be reassigned, he added.

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    • he just caved to media pressure. They should have fined her to teach her how the real world works. I don't care who you are if you sell something then the government should get its proper tax for that sale.

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  • so 3 loonies stop a kid who has a work ethic rather than sitting in her room stuck on a xbox and she ends up being punished for it.
    that's a nice way of telling her she's useless as an entrepreneur and is better off getting welfare when she's older.
    these pc idiots should be ashamed of themselves,imagine going home and saying hey honey guess what?i stopped a young girl from selling lemonade today,aren't i a hero.

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  • The 3 zealous goons should come over to my country and shut down all the illegal immigrants that sell all sorts of garbage out of sacks in the streets.

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  • She should have given "protection" money.

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  • This is NOTHING NEW!...THey did the same thing to me when I was a kid!






    Well, SORT of the same thing...and instead of lemonade, it was weed, but still...same, y'know, general principal.

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  • We ve got thousands of these "little Hitlers" running around with uniforms here.
    You put an idiot with no common sense in a uniform this is the result you get.
    You wonder why kids have less respect for adults.
    $50 fine on a harmless kids experiment?
    What kind of crap are we letting in our governments these days?
    Is it any wonder they are robbing us blind.

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  • Some people just deserve a beating.

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  • Isnt it illegal to run a profitable business in Kalifornia?

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  • just another racist black woman looking for a chance to attack helpless white people

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  • I love the reaction of the commissioner! He seriously pwnd his own employees! God, do you feel stupid when you read the article knowing the commissioner is talking about you.

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  • A happy ending.

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  • It really upsets me when people can't have critical conversations without acting emotionally. These Park agents didn't have to corner these people and yell.

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  • note the 2 black state.gov-job-4-life nazi's holding the White man down.

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  • yep, the left will not tolerant non-union work...its pay to play now that youve elected democrats, chicago style ass rape.

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  • Welcome to liberal America. Liberals HATE anyone stepping out of line. They are in reality the POLAR opposite of what they claim to be. Ridicule one today! Show them some REAL power!

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  • They should have tazed her, the little scofflaw!

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  • repost
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  • they should have told them to move on, stop the sale and tell them the consequences if they didn't. Both parties made too big a deal out of it, WhopperJr is right, the park can not expose itself to liability. Furthermore, give people an opportunity and soon there would be a hundred people hawking shit.

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  • WHY DON'T "OUR" FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND STATE "RESOURCES" ACTUALLY DO THEIR JOBS INSTEAD OF USING OUR TAX DOLLARS TO PERSECUTE AMERICAN CITIZENS? SECURE OUR BORDERS, DRILL HERE -DRILL NOW, GET US OUT OF THE ESCALATING WAR IN AFGHANISTAN

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