Monday, fourth grader Carolyn Lipsick was invited to set up her stand in the rotunda of the state Capitol.
Carolyn had wanted to sell lemonade from her front yard. Miami Beach officials said "no."
Carolyn says, "I couldn’t believe my ears and I couldn’t believe what they said."
The denial caught the attention of Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher. His staff volunteered to bake cookies and arranged for a stand to be set up in the Capitol rotunda where state employees lined up. Even Gov. Jeb Bush weighed in on the absurdity of the denial.
Gov. Jeb Bush says, "It's the death of common sense. Children ought to be able to sell lemonade, it's kind of part of American tradition."
Listening to Carolyn talk about her motivation is an inspiration for all.
Carolyn says, "It’s good to think of yourself sometimes, but it’s also good to think of other people and their culture, even how they live. You can’t just think of yourself, you have to think of other people."
Carolyn got this idea by checking a website, but selling lemonade isn’t the only thing she considered."
Carolyn says, "Any kind of stand except for candy.
Why not candy?
"Too sweet," she says.
In just about three hours, Carolyn raised $500, proving that even a 10-year-old can fight City Hall. All of the money raised will go to UNICEF for tsunami victims, and Carolyn will get to sell her lemonade in Miami Beach Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the city's Jewish Community Center.