June 12 (UPI) — Country Time Lemonade announced a “Country Time Legal-ade” program to pay fines and permits for kids whose lemonade stands get them into trouble.
The lemonade brand, owned by Kraft Heinz, announced the new program will cover fees of up to $300 for lemonade stands owned by kids under the age of 14 who were fined for operating their small businesses without a permit.
The company said it will also cover the cost of permits purchased this year for lemonade stands.
“Life doesn’t always give you lemons, but when it does, you should be able to make and share lemonade with the neighborhood without legal implications,” the company said. “That’s why we’re here to take a stand for lemonade stands across the nation.”
Officials said the program was inspired by news coverage of kids whose lemonade stands were shut down by local authorities for operating without a permit.
“When we saw these stories about lemonade stands being shut down for legal reasons, we thought it had to be an urban myth. After looking into it and seeing even more instances, we realized these weren’t myths, they were real stories,” Adam Butler, Kraft Heinz’s general manager of beverages and nuts, told CNN. ” A very real response seemed the best way to shine a light on the issue.”