MONROE, N.C. (AP) — A 9-year-old entrepreneur whose lemonade stand was robbed of $17 by an older boy is getting a business boost from a home-improvement giant.
Union County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Underwood said Tuesday that investigators are still searching for a male teen suspect in the Saturday afternoon stickup.
Lemonade vendor Mark David said a teenager pointed a handgun at him while he was at his stand in Monroe, about 30 miles southeast of Charlotte.
“I opened the box, he grabbed it, pushed the gun at me and ran away. My heart was beating out of my chest,” David told WSOC.
A business card that one customer collected from the David’s lemonade stand states that he also works as a lawn mower and dog walker.
Home-improvement chain Lowe’s gave the boy a new, $1,100 riding lawn mower on Monday. Spokeswoman Sarah Lively says officials at the company’s Charlotte headquarters made the gesture after seeing news reports.