An 11-year-old boy who was tricked into accepting a fake $100 bill at his Washington state soda stand could now technically start his own soda company after likeable and friendly GoFundMe users helped him build his fortune reverse in just a few days.
The boy, identified only as Jeremy, used his hard-earned pocket money to set up a lemonade stand in Everett, Washington this summer and position himself on one of the city’s main streets.
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However, the unsuspecting young man was bilked out of $85 when a malicious customer used a fake $100 bill to pay for a glass of juice.
According to a Facebook post from the Everett Police Department last Thursday, Jeremy used $85 of his pocket change to give the customer change. However, when he went to buy something at the local gas station, he was told that the $100 bill was counterfeit.
“While our detectives work hard to close each case, this case has touched them especially, and they want to do whatever it takes to be fair to Jeremy and catch this faker,” the police department wrote in their post, asking viewers to help to identify the thief.
Jeremy’s plight didn’t just resonate with officers, however. Shortly after the post rose, one of Jeremy’s neighbors set up a GoFundMe to help the young entrepreneur recoup his lost pocket money and rebuild his lemonade stand.
“(Jeremy) is a hard-working kid between his lemonade stand… he mows neighbors’ yards and shovels snow in the winter. He dreams of owning his own vending machine business in the future,” Amy Steenfott wrote on the online donation page.
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Steenfott set an initial goal of $250 to cover Jeremy’s loss of the allowance and “give him some extra cash to potentially expand his business.”
However, the goal was met in a matter of hours and, as of this writing, has surpassed an incredibly generous $24,000.
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In an update on Monday, Steenfott wrote that Jeremy’s family is “overwhelmed” by the generosity and is still concerned about the kindness of strangers.
“Proving that there are so many great people in this world and we far outweigh the bad,” she wrote.
Meanwhile, it does not appear that the suspect has been caught. Tips can be sent to the Everett Police Department through their Facebook page.
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