Child Fined for Lemonade Stand

“The girl’s father Andre Spicer said his daughter had set up the stall in Mile End, east London, while thousands of music fans were on their way to the Lovebox Festival at the weekend. Mr Spicer said his daughter burst into tears and told him “I’ve done a bad thing”. Tower Hamlets Council has since cancelled the fine and apologized. Mr Spicer said his daughter loved the idea of setting up a stall near their home. But they turned on their mobile camera and began reading from a big script explaining that she did not have a trading licence.”

“My daughter clung to me screaming ‘Daddy, Daddy, I’ve done a bad thing.’ She’s five. We were then issued a fine of ¬£150. We packed up and walked home.” A council spokesman said: “We are very sorry that this has happened. We expect our enforcement officers to show common sense and to use their powers sensibly. This clearly did not happen. The fine will be cancelled immediately and we have contacted Mr Spicer and his daughter to apologize.””

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SOURCE: BBC, Image copyright ANDRE SPICER