(The Blaze) In a shocking video, a lemonade stand operated by two young boys in Illinois was robbed at gunpoint. The children were selling lemonade in the East Bluff section of Peoria last Friday afternoon when two “older kids” walked up, one armed with a gun, and snatched the boys’ cash drawer, according to the Peoria Journal Star.
Surveillance video from a neighbor caught the armed robbery of the lemonade stand at 4:52 p.m. last Friday. The suspects reportedly stole about $30 before running off…
Nathan Peterson, the father of one of the boys at the lemonade stand, wrote a Facebook post about the scary incident.
While the police officers conducted their investigation into the theft, many of the cops purchased lemonade from the victims.
“Meanwhile, passersby stopped and bought lemonade, encouraged the boys, and one guy even went end bought a bunch of candy and chips for them to sell,” the dad said. “Between the police and the community, the boys left with more money than what they would have had. More than that, we all left feeling loved instead of only violated.”
The young entrepreneurs were not deterred by the armed stickup and continued selling their lemonade. Then on Tuesday, even more police officers showed up to help turn lemons into lemonade.
“The boys continued their lemonade stand today,” Peterson said. “The moment they opened, a parade of police cars, led by an armadillo, pulled up! SO MANY officers, including the Police Chief, surrounded the boys, handed them a gift of money they’d raised, and let them know that they have their backs. Then they all bought lemonades. I may have cried a little.”