You've got to give him kudos for this...
Jack Anderson, 9, set up a lemonade stand yesterday on his block to raise money for the World Wildlife Fund. But by the end of the day, he had barely raised more money than he spent on ingredients, and had to use whatever was left to pay off his dad's kidnapper.
But hey, at least it was a good try.
Jack set up shop in the busiest intersection in his neighborhood, thinking the area would be ripe for profit so that he could give back to animals and the environment.
But when he heard his father, a powerful CEO in charge of unsettled workers with unfair wages, was kidnapped and demanded ransom, he knew the money had to go to that. The kidnapper's called his house phone demanding "$20,000" or else "we'll throw your father in the East River." Jack had $17 and some change, but decided it would be best spent on the criminals anyway.
Well, this would've been an inspiring story of a young boy wanting to make a difference in the world, had Jack's father not been jumped on the street walking home from work at night. Though his ransom did nothing to quell the kidnapper's threats, at least we know Jack's head was in the right place.
Good for you, Jack.