What’s the deal with Seinfeld’s lemonade stand? When life gives the Seinfeld kids lemons, they open an illegal roadside refreshment outpost. No zest fest for you!
This isn’t the first time the 61-year-old comedian – known for his unique brand of observational humor – has had a little Hampton hullabaloo, but the previous times were as his semi-fictional character. Reports CBS New York on Aug. 27: “And this drama didn’t have anything to do with awkward situations between George and his girlfriend, or Kramer inadvertently stealing lobsters from a professional trap. This was the real Jerry Seinfeld in 2015 and his wife, Jessica – in a dustup over a lemonade stand.”
Evidently, Jerry’s son Julian Kal – the Kal being the first name of Seinfeld’s father and also the name of Jerry’s idol Superman – was operating a lemonade stand with two of his buds out of an old VW bus. Evidently, such things are frowned upon in the uppity Hamptons, and a nosey neighbor (Newman?) called the cops over the illegally parked cars. That’s a shame.
No peddling on Hampton property, the cop evidently informed the Seinfelds. According to the East Hampton news source 27 East, Village Police Chief Jerry Larsen said police, responding to a call about stopped traffic, “advised the Seinfeld family that village code does not permit lemonade stands on village property.”
Adds the Daily News: “The famous family hosted the lemonade stand to raise money for Baby Buggy, a national non-profit company started by Seinfeld’s wife Jessica in 2001 that delivers items to families in need.” The organization – using the handle Love Recycled – has donated over 16 million items to families in need.
Pic of the week goes to Jerry’s wife Jessica, who snapped a photo of Jerry, their son and his two friends with their hands on their heads, arrest style. The cop is seen in the background. “Lemonade dreams crushed by local neighbor, but not before raising lots of money for @loverecycled,” Jessica wrote for the caption on her Instagram photo. “Thanks to all of our customers and big tippers!”
Jessica’s Instagram followers had some fun with the incident. Of course, there were a handful of the hackneyed doughnut stand remarks (You realize she’s married to a comedian, yes? Step it up!), and at least one person had to wonder what the cops would have done had it been a group of black boys.
One wrote: “What can you do, you live in a seedy town, from the wrong side of the tracks. Lemons are a gateway fruit to bigger and badder things like vegetables.” Another said: “Well, what kind of lesson are we sending when this kind of thing happens? ‘Hey kids, it’s good to help people and all, but don’t even think about doing so without permission from your local government busy-bodies.’”
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