Ten-year-old Anthony Sanders has the entrepreneurial spirit.
The boy wanted to buy a $400 PlayStation 4 video-game system, so he set up a lemonade stand in his Johnstown, Pa., neighborhood and went to work.
“Instead of sitting around being lazy this summer, I wanted to save up money,” he told the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat. “That was my goal this summer.”
But Anthony’s short stint as a lemonade-stand operator took a sour turn when he became the victim of an armed robber.
A 12-year-old boy walked up to Anthony, pointed a BB gun at him and threatened to shoot him if he didn’t hand over his money, according to police.
“They got into a wrestling match over the money box,” Johnstown police Sgt. Patrick Goggin told the paper.
The alleged robber made off with $30, but not before tearing apart the lemonade stand.
Three other youngsters saw what happened and helped police track down the 12-year-old at his home.
“He ran home with the other kids chasing him,” Goggin said.
Police in this city 60 miles east of Pittsburgh have charged the 12-year-old suspect in juvenile court.
Anthony said he wasn’t frightened or intimidated.
“Nope, not at all,” he said.
The next day, he was back on the street selling his lemonade, his dad, Milik Satterwhite, told the paper.
“I’m like, wow,” he said. “I’m proud of him.”
Anthony’s bravery and can-do attitude caught the attention of community leaders.
On Wednesday, the Enactus chapter at the St. Francis University School of Business visited the boy, giving him gift certificates, a plaque and a book on entrepreneurism. The organization promotes entrepreneurial spirit as a way to improve society.
“We’re not here to focus on the young man who robbed him or to characterize Anthony as a victim of crime,” said Randy Frye, dean of the business school.
“What this is about is entrepreneurship,” he added. “Entrepreneurship is having the courage to start a business, have a product and promote your business on the street. For a 10-year-old, that’s amazing.”
Anthony is still hawking his lemonade to raise money for his video game. He said he plans to someday become a chef.
“I’ll start out small with a soup kitchen and work my way up to the top,” he proclaimed.