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Customer pays kid working lemonade stand with fake $100: cops

An 11-year-old boy with a lemonade stand in Everett, Washington, got scammed when a customer gave him a fake $100 bill.

An 11-year-old boy with a lemonade stand in Everett, Washington, got scammed when a customer gave him a fake $100 bill.

Screengrab from GoFundMe

An 11-year-old boy gathered his money to start a lemonade stand, Washington police said.

Then a customer scammed him out of his entire allowance, the Everett Police Department said in an Aug. 4 Facebook post.

A customer came up to the boy’s lemonade stand and asked to buy a drink, police said.

The customer handed him a fake $100 bill and asked for exact change, police said. The boy “did his best to wring all his allowance money to give the suspect $85 in change,” the police said.

Then the boy tried using the bill at a gas station — and discovered it was fake, police said.

Now police are looking for the individual who scammed him.

The boy’s neighbor set up a GoFundMe to raise the money back and to help him get “some more funds to possibly expand his enterprise.”

As of Aug. 5, his fundraiser has raised over $3,000.

Anyone with information about this incident can call the police’s tip line at 425-257-8450 or send a Facebook message.

Helena Wegner is a McClatchy National Real-Time Reporter covering the state of Washington and the western region. She’s a journalism graduate from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She’s based in Phoenix.



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