Jerry Seinfeld Responds After Cop Shut Down His Kid’s Lemonade Stand

August 27, 2015   |   ANTIMEDIA

Anti-Media Staff
August 27, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) New York — Last Week, Jerry Seinfeld and his son set up a lemonade stand in the family’s East Hampton, New York neighborhood. Seinfeld and son — along with a few neighborhood friends — were raising money for his wife’s Baby Buggy charity. Everything was going well until the lemonade stand had a run-in with the law.

According to Counter Current News, one of their neighbors called the police to complain. Sure enough, the police jumped at the chance to rush over and shut down another lemonade stand. Jerry didn’t want the cops to get away with shutting down their innocent lemonade stand without capturing a chance to make fun of the cops.”

Jerry’s response? The Seinfeld family, along with his son’s two friends, decided to mock the cops by posing for a picture as if they had been arrested.

Jessica Seinfeld’s Instagram followers instantly joined in ridiculing the police for their ‘crime fighting’ activities. ‘What can you do, you live in a seedy town, from the wrong side of the tracks,’ one commenter said jokingly. ‘Lemons are a gateway fruit to bigger and badder things like vegetables,’” Counter Current News documented.

While police shutting down “criminal” lemonade stands is not uncommon, this is the first time a celebrity’s child has been subjected to the overbearing police state in such a petty fashion. In what has become a running joke, children’s lemonade stands are shut down all over the country over permit and regulatory violations.

Further, heavy-handed regulators and their police thugs are now targeting kids for other “illegal” entrepreneurial activities, as well. An 11-year-old girl from Madison, Illinois recently had her illicit cupcake business shut down because it violated the state’s food service code.

Fortunately, some local governments are making moves to avoid similar PR nightmares by “legalizing” kids’ lemonade stands. The Salt Lake County Council slashed much of the bureaucratic red tape required for small entrepreneurs in 2013, making a special exemption for “lemonade stands and similar operations run by children.”

RELATED: Illegal Street Vendors Bring Half Billion Dollars Into Los Angeles Economy Every Year

Still, widespread suppression of children’s activities begs a dismal question: What kind of country do we live in when setting up a lemonade stand as a child results in a raid by heavily armed police officers? What’s next? A SWAT team showing up to verify permits for Girl Scouts selling their cookies door-to-door?


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  4. Here's the thing. Put aside the police state thing for a minute. In every single one of these incidents is started by a "neighbor" (if you can call them that) initiating the complaint. The police, bad or not, are required to respond. It starts with us, folks.

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  5. Well you won't think the cops are so stupid when you need them and they respond. They respond because that is their job! This is not about COPS, this is about laws that need changing and neighbors that have nothing to do than bother the cops for petty stuff like kid's stands. This was more than likely about Jerry Seinfeld and not wanting a "star" to get away with something, it did not matter that it was a lemonaide stand. Think!!!

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  8. My scorn is for the busybody, anti-fun neighbor, and society at large that elects control-freak turds who enact these laws, not the cops who MUST respond when called. Save your outrage for the right people, start in the mirror, then work your way to the voting booth.

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  9. Mitch Varn , they are compelled by a law to shut it down if it violates a law. Who wrote the law, and at whose behest?

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  10. More stupid than doing what they're told, often at responding to a complaint they don't agree with, forcing kids to shut down a stand they'd happily let stand if not for a neighbor who would complain to their superiors that they came out and did nothing? Moron. You hate cops, we get it.

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  11. Control freak neighbor America. Cops didn't call themselves, or write their own laws, or demand these laws.

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  12. Who are they protecting, who are they serving? The police are not permit enforcement.

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  13. This is pretty offensive to anyone who was actually in the Holocaust. Bunch of kids got their lemonade stand shut down because a neighbor complained, and you're comparing it to genocide. Unbelievable.

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  14. Sha Un Were you in the Holocaust? My grandpa was and he used to make fun of those times too. Stop being a sensitive little prick and take a joke because politically correct pricks like you are what's really wrong with this world.

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  15. Let's not twist and Pervert What this Is saying. this means more than just a bunch of kids losing a lemonade stand if we could only open are eyes and open are mind to the things that are going on in your country. yes Hitler was a bad man.and we live in varybad times.but Holocaust also means GREAT DESTRUCTION OF LIFE Webster dictionary.we as a people worry about how much money we make how great our cars are how much we can party at the weekends, the newest video game console shall I go on the list goes on and on and on bombarded by stupidness from the medias around the world, brainwashed from times past unable to move on are world is about dead from corporate companies the ozone layer, record-breaking warm, all of the ice is melting dude and all you can say is how this is pretty offensive. I love the Jews bro they are the chosen people, and the reason why most of them don't follow Jesus of Nazareth is because they know religion when they see religion, they don't see how Jesus of Nazareth fits in with the God of Israel us westerners think he's just some amazing powerful God that anything and everything comes to you prosperity gold and silver and nothing can touch you because you say that you believe in God and Jesus.there fathers new the real god most new the real Jesus but the so called church in the Westren World is there church calling it the church of Christ.these are corporations as well .notice on every corner there's another "church" we made and call it the church.but they all believe something different but sence they say Jesus its his church lol .Jesus Christ is not Divided but the fact is we who are not Jews by nature are Jews from the inside. may Jesus of Nazareth the king of Jacob, and in him and through him be glory to the Father of Israel the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob be glory forever and ever amen.may god give us all site.

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  16. Fiona Lovesee The cops wouldn't have bothered them if a call had not been made. They often have to do things they don't want to do because they are required to enforce laws. They need to work to get that law changed. Don't be simple.

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  17. Arbiter Mundi Wouldn't it be simpler for you to move elsewhere? Why would anyone want to live in a country they detest? Just can't figure it out.

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  18. Fiona Lovesee , those "thugs" have specific orders from the people who make the laws, from the political appointees who oversee them, and from a public who enabled it all…and lastlly from the twat that called in the complaint. If they don't respond, they are reprimanded or fired, and if they don't enforce the law, the twat neighbor calls again and complains. They're caught in a bad situation, they're not thugs, they're not shooting the kids…what a histrionic, biased, sick way of looking at it. I hope when you hear breaking glass in the middle of the night, you don't call a violent thug to come and help you.

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  19. Fiona Lovesee Take your meds. The cops in The Hamptons are exceedingly polite. And there was no violence at all.

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  20. Craig Gibson I call BS. I have called the police for real violations of the law and the police do nothing. They use their own discretion ALL THE TIME. They did not have to shut down a lemonade stand. Our country has been lost. Our freedoms are gone. And we only hear apologists for the state we're in. Wake up.

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  21. No fault to the police, they are just doing their job I guess. However, if parking can be considered a viable reason to initiate the shutdown of a lemonade stand, why isn't telemarketing considered a viable reason to initiate a shutdown based on nuisance (harassment?).

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  22. Remove the law STATEWIDE and in every state too. Todays lemonaid sales by kids are tomorrows business owners. I sold lemonaid as a kid. We use to hold a carnival in our front yard too. Loved it! LOVE our COPS TOO! Thanks for your service.

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  23. Lol Because Lemonade Stands aren't being operated by folks in other countries that operate illegaly to begin with.

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  24. what no one is talking about is wtf is wrong with that ass hole neighbor scum fuck that called the cops. That right there is what is wrong with the world.

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  25. Craig Gibson I wouldn't call the cops becuase they would show up and probably shoot me instead. I would handle it myself like a self repecting american should. We used to be a notion of go getters, not a bunch of helpess fools.

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  26. Fiona Lovesee Lol sounds like the Seinfields should have gotten everything cleared with their Neighbors first. Could you imagine the insane amount of food traffic/vehicle traffic that occured when the Seinfields opened a Lemonade Stand? Probably HUGE. At some point common courtesy was dropped by the wayside by both parties here. Seinfields only getting a pass because he's famous and popular with you people.

    I wonder if you'd be singing the same note if someone famous in your neighborhood opened an event that blocked your entire neighborhood from local access without first notifying you beforehand. I'm sure you'd be pretty pissed too. That being said this situation could have been handled so much better by everyone.

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  27. Craig Gibson Nope, Cops use their descretion, they dont HAVE to do everything by the book. saying otherwise is a lie

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  28. I live about a 45 minute drive away from this area. I can honestly say I am not surprised AT ALL.

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  29. NAZIS WASNT DOING THEIR JOBS ??????????????TERORISTS ARENT DOING THE SAME ????MILITARY THE SAME ??????I love retarded replies like this one ….try to open some book and try to read man …..history is overfiled with examples that your duty is to chalange authorities …If u asking why ,here is ansver .- worst things in human hystory resulted from sheople just blindly accept authorities . :GENOCIDE ,SLAVERY ,WAR .But i gonna be kind and gonna give you a chance to answer with 3 things to cunterbalance it .Go for it ….WAKE UP

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  30. and i dont think its the cops, who have to go to a complaint and follow the law. I blame the neighbors who obviously have no heart.

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  31. It anyone surprised? East Hampton? You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

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  32. With all the money he has in the bank, why does his kids have to "raise money"? Rich snobs don't contribute to charity unless they nget a significant tax break….everyone knows, the Middle Class communities have way bigger hearts and much smaller pocket books than the rich & famous..

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  35. Betz– While Mom and Dad may be loaded and able to dole out the dough, it doesn't help kids to learn how to work for their own money. If you have everything you need where is your motivation to work? If you have to earn that money it then becomes more valuable to you, thus you are more careful about how you spend it. Although there are irresponsible people no matter how you train them. Have a good day!

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  36. Maybe he's trying to teach his kid something other than just to throw money at people.

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  37. Someones angry jealousy towards rich celebrities is showing. Maybe he's just trying to teach his kids some lessons in working to help others and give back to those who are less fortunate. No need to get your panties in a twist.

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  38. Jim Halbert : OMG you found out that I loathe haughty, pompous arrogant rich folks…what will I do now? I simply asked a question. It wasn't me that called the cops on him….it was his haughty snobbish neighbors that did….

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  39. Point taken Ms. Terry…however, it was the neighbors that called the cops…apparently they are the ones who got their panties in a twist ( Mr. Jim Halbert) not me…

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  40. Betz Kimble – No you didn't. You STARTED to just ask a question then started into your "Rich snobs" rant AFTER that. Go read it again I think you've forgotten.

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  41. Thomas Tallant, they are protecting and serving the people who called them, just like they would if YOU called them on one of the neighborhood lemonade stands in YOUR area. Now matter how petty you may think a permit is, when the police are called, they are required to respond and make sure no laws (even permit laws) are being broken.

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  43. Because teaching childern about Entrapreurship & money managemen is a bad thing??

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  46. God forbid we teach our kids to be self sufficient entrepreneurs… They might not NEED government. THEN what'll the Gov do???

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  47. Michael Diniz Because it's the politicians that make assanine laws to stop these ne'er do well business people…

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  48. this sure wouldnt happen in the 50's. You want to promote your child to do such activities, they learn business etc Stopping kids from doignconstructive production like lemonade stands will destroy them from producing in the future. Why are we trying to destroy this county. Small business made it strong and it syarts with kids lemonade stands

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  49. I would totally be in favor of SWAT teams shutting down on the girl scout cookie peddling. Lets be honest here folks, this cookie peddling amounts to little more than guilt laced panhandling. I've NEVER been approached by any actual girl scout selling these cookies. It is always some Aunt or Cousin or other parental figure who ends up selling these overpriced treats. They approach you at work, or at the local bowling alley and bully you into buying something that you don't even want or need in the first place. Meanwhile Princess Piddlypants is sitting at home, playing on twitter and painting her toenails. The only thing these kids are learning is how to pawn off work onto others.

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Stop this criminal enterprise. We deserve to live in a world where we are free from the scourge of thin mints and peanut butter patties.

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  51. I noticed the little weasel of a police officer in the background. I am surprised his or her gun is not drawn. Children's lemonade stands are just the begining of the criminal life style! Thank goodness East Hampton's best is keeping a lid on it. Bravo!

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  52. Newman is the scofflaw, he had to have been the mastermind behind such an illegal activity! Lol

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  56. Sooooo it's ok for kids to potentially poison someone but not an adult??? Do they see how obnoxious they are???

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  57. Why are you jumping on the Cops? They went there because some anal retentive neighbor called the cops. Jump on the city to change the law (and the neighbor for reporting). The cops wouldn't be there if there was no complaint. They can't use discretion in enforcing if a complaint is made.

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  58. I wonder how many other countries require children to have a permit to open a lemonade stand??

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  65. the seinfelds are a bunch of @ssholes …the ho wife married him after ditching her fiance ….then she stole anoher woman's book idea and peddled it as her own ….publicity seeking douches …

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  66. Since when was it a cop's job to wait hand and foot on stupid bitches who wanna complain about everything?

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  68. The fact that for the most part, every complaint they get they have to make contact in one way or another. Some departments are too big, too busy, and too short staffed to do so but if they have the time, they have to. Technically speaking what they were doing was against code. Doesn't make it right. I'm just saying that I'm sure even the officer felt bad about having to do it and wished the neighbor never called.

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  69. And you think some little stupid ass permit paper will stop an adult from poisoning? Hello, wake up. No matter who makes your food, permit or naw, you can be poisoned.

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  70. I was under the impression that Jerry was a multi-millionare? I think to the tune of

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  71. Cops are suposed to be public servants. In this situation a cop with COMMON SENSE & PROFESSIONALISM would have avoided this situation with proper comunication & then buying a glass of lemonade putting a dollar into their box like any other normal red blooded American.

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  72. Victor Flores, what does that matter? He probably wanna learn his kids the value of money and all that comes with it. Everybody nowadays know the price of everything, but the value of nothing.

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  73. I think that in cases like this it should be impossible to file an "anonymous" complaint in these sorts of cases. Whomever this was shut down a Charity lemonade sale. People who hate charity are the very lowest of scum and deserve to be shamed until they crawl back under their rocks and stick to harassing slugs.

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  74. Cain built the 1st city. They've only got worse. Terminally infested with idiots and idiot law.

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  75. To those saying its not the cops its the neighbor are so ignrant. Yeah that neighbor is an ass. But its the cops reaction to it. Cop could have swung by saw it was a kids lemonadr stand FOR CHARITY…bought a cup of lemonade and said have a nice day. That would have been the correct response by a good cop.

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  76. And then people would bitch at the cops for not doing their job. Rock & hard place

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  77. Nontaxable income source….Your fellow New York Jewish kinsmen can't make a buck from your lemonade stand so they sent the Zionist Gestapo in to ruin your day.

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  78. Victor Flores You are sadly a joke of an individual attempting to sound intelligent. Please. For the love of keeping yourself from looking even more foolish. Cut it out.

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  79. Kenneth Williams I don't buy that. So it's legally ok for cops not to show up to a 911 call where someone winds up dead, but OMG they just HAVE to answer some busybody fucks call about a kids lemonade stand?

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  80. Abraham Helsing that was a foolish response.
    Kenneth said "…if they have time…"
    Of course a 911 call would take precedance. Only a fool would suggest otherwise.

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  81. Live in East Hampton. Didnt happen. Besides bad place for a lemonade stand on Further Lane.

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  82. My girls are the Green Girls from Overton tx. This happened to us in June.. We are currently lobbying the Texas senate to change the law. Call your state reps office.. Let your opinion be heard!

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