Police are called on boy selling “ice cold beer”—but then they get a closer look at his sign
The weather’s getting hotter and hotter—a perfect time for a nice cold drink. Which means it’s that time of year for children across the country to capitalize on that by heading out to the front lawn and setting up a good ol’ fashioned lemonade stand.
Seth Parker, an 11-year-old from Brigham City, Utah, had a cool idea on a hot summer day. He knew what the adults really wanted to drink—and his plan raked in good money until the cops showed up.
On Tuesday, a boy from Brigham City, Utah set out a drink stand that quickly caused a stir.
This was the sign he had up:
The business savvy sixth grader set up a stand advertising “ICE COLD BEER.”
It should come as no surprise that Parker’s sign quickly caught the attention of people passing by. Three people even alerted authorities.
The kid was apparently selling beer. Which is on one hand pretty smart—who doesn’t enjoy a cold one on a hot afternoon?—and of course rather concerning because he’s under 21, not to mention his stand presumably lacks a liquor license.
Naturally, concerned neighbors and passerby decided to call the police, trying to shut down the entrepreneurial child’s bootleg beer stand. Officers from the Brigham City Police Department showed up, ready to take action.
But then, they took a better look at his sign…
That’s right: he was selling root beer.
Just look at the kid’s face in that photo, and the little smiley face in the corner of the sign. That’s the look of a kid who just pulled off a masterful trolling.
The police let the boy go about his business… and apparently, business is good, when he’s not getting stopped by the law.
Now, Parker is going viral after the Brigham City Police Department posted photos to its Facebook page.
“Awesome! Way to go! Genius! We need more young entrepreneurs,” wrote one person in the comments. Added another, “This young man deserves a 6 figure salary with an advertising firm!”
Parker is serving roughly 100 customers a day since opening on Tuesday.
“Business is booming,” Parker’s dad, Alan, told TODAY Parents.
But for Parker, the stand isn’t just about making money. The middler schooler, who moved to Utah from Georgia in June 2017, has had trouble making new friends.
This kid clearly has a career in advertising ahead of him.