Doree Lewak et al., New York Post, June 8, 2023
A pair of “shady” teenagers sank to a new low when they looted an 8-year-old Upper West Side boy’s sidewalk lemonade stand, police said.
The cowardly crooks waited until little Julian Lin had his back turned on Sunday to snatch his money jar — containing as much as $150, his mom said — and made off on two scooters, according to police and a local report.
“I feel disappointed in humanity,” the young entrepreneur told the ilovetheupperwestside.com blog. “I didn’t realize that someone would want to rob an 8-year-old.”
Police said the heartless theft took place around 3:20 p.m. on Columbus Avenue near West 70th Street when the two teens pulled up and asked for some lemonade.
When Julian turned his back they snatched the jar and sped off — leaving the boy empty-handed. The teens are still on the loose, cops said.
Some of his customers had paid him using Venmo, so it wasn’t a total loss — and Julian’s neighbors also stepped up to try to make up for the stolen earnings.
TWO WHITE THUGS ROBBED JULIAN LIN, AN 8 YEAR-OLD BLACK CHILD RUNNING A LEMONADE STAND ON THE UPPER WEST SIDE IN NYC.
NATIONAL NEWS MEDIA GEARS UP FOR HEADLINES AND THINK PIECES. @AOC PROMISES TO LEAD PROTES… OH, WAIT.
NEVER MIND. pic.twitter.com/1cRgc7PVUc
— CAPSLOCKHUSTLA (共匪) 💙 (@CAPSLOCKHUSTLER) June 10, 2023
Despite Sunday’s financial setback, Julian agreed that he hasn’t soured on future business endeavors — although he has learned some valuable lessons.
“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,” he said.