A 12-YEAR-old American girl and her friends were astounded when a man walked up to their lemonade stand and demanded their takings.
"The guy came up and was, like, 'Give me your money,''' said 12-year-old Dominique Morefield of Terre Haute, Indiana, who was running the lemonade stand with her friends.
"I was shocked. It was just my immediate reaction to chase after him.''
She chased the man, who made off with $US17.50 ($18.50), to a nearby house before calling police, the Associated Press repported.
It took police 45 minutes to persuade Steve Tryon, 18, to come out of the house, where he was arrested and charged with robbery, the AP said.
He is being held in jail on a $US50,000 bond.
"I didn't think anyone would come up to a lemonade stand and steal. That's really low,'' 12-year-old Fred Erstine said.