East Hampton shuts down Jerry Seinfeld’s charity lemonade stand

Posted at 3:32 PM, Aug 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-28 15:32:13-04

EAST HAMPTON VILLAGE, NY -- Kids running a lemonade stand in New York got shut down by police last week reportedly happened after a neighbor complained.

If you think it sounds like a neighborhood spat you might see on a sitcom, you're not too far off: comedy legend Jerry Seinfeld is part of the story.

"I could think of a lot of other things that they should shut people down for but that's carrying it a little too far,” said Barry Wayne, who lives in East Hampton.

An Instagram posted by the comedian's wife shows Seinfeld, his son Julian, and two of his friends with their hands up posing after being ticketed for selling lemonade on a street near their home by police.

Apparently a neighbor called village police complaining the kids didn't have a permit, even though they were donating all of the proceeds to charity!

The town’s police chief as well as mayor were “'unavailable” for comment.

"I think it's terrible, and my kids sell lemonade all the time on the street for charity, and we actually make a lot of money and donate it to pediatric cancer,” said East Hampton resident Jordan Rosner.

Police reportedly told the Seinfelds they not only needed to have a permit, but that they should not hold up traffic.

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Lemonade dreams crushed by local neighbor but not before raising lots of money for @loverecycled. Thanks to all of our customers and big tippers! 🙋🏼🙌🏾 thanks Xander and Jaden for crushing it today with Julian and Jerry.

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The Instagram post with Seinfeld and the kids read in part, "lemonade dreams crushed by local neighbor but not before raising lots of money."