When life steals your lemonade stand money, keep making lemonade. That’s exactly what happened on Sunday afternoon on the corner of West 70th Street and Columbus Avenue.
According to an NYPD spokesperson, while 8-year-old entrepreneurial tycoon Julian Lin was running his lemonade stand, two young males (who appeared to be teens) waited in line and approached him, asking for lemonade. When Julian turned to give them drinks, they swiped his jar of money and blew the spot, riding their scooters south down Columbus Avenue.
Julian’s mom tells us the jar had between $100-$150 in it. He had been selling for 4 hours at the time of the incident (about 3:20 p.m.), but thankfully, some of his customers had paid him using Venmo.
ILTUWS connected with Julian (also known as ‘Julian Business Man‘) on Monday, June 5 to chat about the incident. The following interview was conducted via text, and we were told it was Julian, so we’ll go with that.
Did the incident that took place at your lemonade stand change the way you feel about humanity?
Definitely. I feel disappointed in humanity. I didn’t realize that someone would want to rob an 8-year-old.
How did it feel seeing the community support you after the incident took place?
When I lost all that cash, a lot of people wanted to help me recover, so they gave me extra big tips. It made me feel good that so many people wanted to help me recover from this attack. It made me feel happy, joyful and grateful.
Do you think you’ll make any changes moving forward?
Yes. I will not have my money out there for anyone to grab. I will be more alert. I will trust my instincts because I could tell that those guys were shady since one of them was wearing a ski mask. But I will keep doing what I’m doing, because I love being a businessman, and I love dogs. And 30% of all of my profits go to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.
If you’d like to donate to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, you can contribute to Julian’s fundraiser page here.
If anyone sees the young thieves scooting down the street or has relevant information about them, call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website or by sending a direct message to @NYPDTips on Twitter. All calls are strictly confidential.