Advertisement
  1. Bizarre News

Utah boy advertises 'Ice Cold Beer' at root beer stand

In this Tuesday, July 16, 2019 photo provided by the Brigham City Police Department, Seth Parker stands at his soda stand in Brigham City, Utah. Parker is earning widespread social media attention for his neighborhood soda stand thanks to a sign he holds that reads, “Ice cold beer” with “root” above the word beer in tiny print. Brigham City Police Lt. Tony Ferderber said Thursday, July 18, 2019, that several residents in the northern Utah city called police concerned about a young boy selling alcohol in front of a church. Officers realized that it was just a clever marketing ploy and posted pictures of 11-year-old Seth Parker on Facebook with the comment, “a twist on a lemonade stand.” (Associated Press)
In this Tuesday, July 16, 2019 photo provided by the Brigham City Police Department, Seth Parker stands at his soda stand in Brigham City, Utah. Parker is earning widespread social media attention for his neighborhood soda stand thanks to a sign he holds that reads, “Ice cold beer” with “root” above the word beer in tiny print. Brigham City Police Lt. Tony Ferderber said Thursday, July 18, 2019, that several residents in the northern Utah city called police concerned about a young boy selling alcohol in front of a church. Officers realized that it was just a clever marketing ploy and posted pictures of 11-year-old Seth Parker on Facebook with the comment, “a twist on a lemonade stand.” (Associated Press)
Published Jul. 19, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah boy has earned widespread social media attention for his neighborhood soda stand thanks to a sign he holds that reads, "Ice Cold Beer" with "root" above the word beer in tiny print.

Several residents in the northern Utah city called police earlier this week concerned about a young boy selling alcohol in front of a church, said Brigham City Police Lt. Tony Ferderber on Thursday.

Officers that went to check it out realized that it was just a clever marketing ploy and posted pictures of 11-year-old Seth Parker on Facebook with the comment, "a twist on a lemonade stand."

Sen. Mitt Romney, of Utah, tweeted a picture of Seth with the comment, "A lesson in reading the fine print! The future is bright for this young Utah entrepreneur."

Seth's mother Alexis Parker said Thursday that the family is dumbfounded and excited by all the attention. She estimated that some 60 people a day come to the stand.

Seth started the stand because his parents urged him to get out more after they noticed he had struggled to make new friends since the family moved from Georgia last year, Alexis Parker said.

Seth thought about a yard sale or lemonade stand but settled on selling the soda because he is a root beer "fanatic," she said. He chose the sign with the tiny print as a little "wise crack."

The first day brought some scoffs and scowls, especially for people without good vision, she said.

But people soon caught on to the joke.

"We're loving people stopping by and just having a good laugh," said Alexis Parker. "It is a joy all the way around."

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. Draped against the St. Petersburg skyline on Tuesday evening on January 14, 2020, the Bella Vita is visible as it docks in Port St. Pete. The yacht is nearly 250 feet long and costs about $650,000 to charter for a week in the winter, according to broker Moran Yacht and Ship. It can accommodate 12 passengers between its six staterooms and six decks, and a staff of 22. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
    Meet the Bella Vita, a yacht almost too luxurious to believe.
  2. U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz and Florida Rep. Chris Latvala. [Times]
    State Rep. Chris Latvala and U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz logged on yesterday.
  3. The Valrico case is similar to other ATM explosions in Tampa and Oldsmar.
  4. This Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission photo shows an escaped pet Asian water monitor lizard after it was captured in Davie in 2018.  (Eric Suarez/Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission via AP) [ERIC SUAREZ  |  AP]
    More than 20 live water monitor lizards were hidden in socks that were sealed in tape, concealed inside electronic equipment and shipped under a false label to Massachusetts.
  5. The U.S. Mint revealed its latest design of its America the Beautiful Quarter program featuring the Samoan fruit bat in honor of the National Park of American Samoa. [U.S. Mint] [U.S. Mint]
    The U.S. Mint has revealed the newest designs for its annual America the Beautiful Quarters program, and you’ll see bats on the back of the coin as early as February 3.
  6. Kris Rotonda, the founder of Jordan's Way charity, snaps a selfie on night two of his 10-night stay with a dog that was previously up for adoption at the Humane Society of Pasco County. [Courtesy of Kris Rotonda]
    Safety Harbor resident Kris Rotonda slept in a cage at the Humane Society of Pasco to show the public what it’s like for the animals.
  7. Florida no longer provides free juice at welcome centers. [Times (2015)] [Tampa Tribune]
    The state supplied complimentary juice for about 70 years.
  8. This photo released Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, by the Somerset Police Department shows Tracy Milanovich, owner of Tracy's Psychic Palm Reader, of Somerset, Mass. She is charged with stealing more than $70,000 from a client by telling the woman her 10-year-old daughter was possessed by a demon and she needed the money to banish the spirit, police said. [AP]
    The victim said she was tricked into handing over large sums of cash, along with household items, in order to battle a demon.
  9. Our top 10 most-read online stories of 2019 include everything from the Florida Man Challenge to an ethics debate about catching a massive swordfish, and a flesh-eating bacteria outbreak. [Times (2019)]
    From the Florida man challenge to flesh-eating bacteria to discovering coffins buried at the forgotten Zion Cemetery, it’s been quite a year.
  10. Daniel Delellis was working as a Grubhub driver when he attacked two Burger King employees because he didn't think his order was done fast enough, police say. [Pinellas County Jail]
    The Grubhub driver was upset that the Burger King order he was to deliver wasn’t done as fast as he wanted, police said.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement