OSHKOSH, Wis. – An 11-year-old boy who was robbed at his lemonade stand is seeing another side of humankind in the outpouring of support he has received since his story was reported.
Austin Cundy says some people have asked if he would like to set up a lemonade stand at their businesses, while others have sent cards with money or offered to replace the $20 that was in his plastic container when it was taken Tuesday.
"I think it's very nice that people care," he said Thursday.
Austin was using the stand to raise money to go camping with his grandparents and to buy his mother a birthday present.
He told police he saw two teens eyeballing him as they bicycled past, then one of them punched him, shoved him off his chair and took the container along with his wallet.
A tip from the public led officers to the home of a 17-year-old boy on Wednesday where officers found a container but no money, police Sgt. Steve Sagmeister said. The teen was being held on suspicion of robbery and physical abuse of a child, pending formal charges, he said.
Austin's mother, Nicole Cundy, said the community's response has been impressive.
"All of these people are showing how much they care about a little boy they don't even know," she said. "It's wonderful."