Politician Calls Cops On Kids’ Cupcake Sale

Lawmaker Refuses Interview After Newspaper Blows Whistle

NEW CASTLE, N.Y. (CBS 2/WCBS 880/1010 WINS) — Call it a “cupcake crime.”

Two 13-year-old boys from Westchester County set up what they thought was a simple, harmless bake sale.

That is, until the police showed up.


WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi reports

1010 WINS Reporter Al Jones reports on the cupcake shutdown

Last month, Andrew DeMarchis and his friend Kevin Graff and two other boys decided to sell cupcakes to pick up spending money. They sold the cupcakes in Gedney Park in the town of New Castle, near Chappaqua. But when they went back the following Saturday the police said, wait a minute.

“And we had sold cupcakes, a whole bake sale, the week before and we had made a lot of money. And then we decided to go back the next weekend and do it again,” DeMarchis told CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman.

“A police officer pulled up and he told us to shut down our bake sale ‘cause we didn’t have a permit.”

“I was shocked. I couldn’t believe it. We didn’t know we needed a permit. We’re really rules followers and had we known we would have had one,” added Suzanne DeMarchis, Andrew’s mother.

Someone had complained to police about the boys using a public park to make money for themselves and not a charity. The Journal News newspaper found out through the Freedom of Information Act that that person was town board member Michael Wolfensohn. He refused Guzman’s request for an interview. New Castle Superintendent of Recreation and Parks Robert Snyder said that while a permit would normally have been required, there are allowances.

“Again, if it was kids, maybe I would charge them a dollar or something, if they were trying to make money for college or something like that. Just to teach them there’s a cost of doing business,” Snyder said.

“We didn’t expect to get as far as we did. We thought that it would be something that we would talk about and we would never actually do it,” Andrew DeMarchis said.

Andrew said they were going to take the profits and put them back into the business — not just spending money.

Warren Buffett, look out.

Normally, a permit for selling in the park requires a million dollar insurance guarantee. But the recreation superintendent now says something could be worked out.

Andrew’s mother said she’ll give the superintendent a call.

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Comments

One Comment

  1. howard says:

    this is a bunch of bull @#@$%^

  2. HOPE!!! says:

    this guy must have serious issues calling the cops on little kids that didnt even know that they needed a permit. they were just trying to have fun and besides you done see anyone else caring that they are selling cupcakes other people like it and are buying them. this guy is ridiculous and needs to appologize. JERK!

  3. California Living says:

    I guess he rather these kids sell drugs and rob people than learning the value of the dollar, thank goodness I don’t live their cause I would make sure to never vote for him.

  4. Tempest says:

    The laws regarding food preparation are in place to protect people! Dont restaraunts and others in the food prep business have to have their kitchens inspected? Heaven help the parents if someone were to get sick off the cupcakes! I’m sure a few cupcakes aren’t worth the possibility of getting sued for someones medical bills! Besides the fact that these kids are learning it’s ok to duck the laws!

  5. shellie says:

    i under stand that the law says you must have a permit, but come on!! these are 12 and 13 yr olds. selling cup cakes to make a little spending money, some of y’all have to remember having your own lemon aid stands to make money, i guess the council men would rather they be out stealing, then making some money buy old fashioned hard work

  6. dks says:

    Sorry, the teen and his parents were in the wrong, the person who called the cops were in the right. No one wants to hear this, so I’m sure my comment will be ignored. How could you NOT know it was illegal to set up a business at a public park? Come on, this is common sense.

  7. Johnny Cupcake says:

    Good Job Wolfensohn !!!!! That”s just what we need to inspire free enterprise in today’s society. You are a meddling government official. You should have bought one instead of voicing your stupid opinion. Get a life.

  8. TheLazyComic says:

    Wolfensohn should be fired from council and forced to go sell cupcakes to make ends meet. What a freaking goober. This is why I don’t trust or like politicians. And I’ve been thinking about moving to New York? What WAS I thinking ??

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