5-year-old sobs as her lemonade stand shuts down, father fined 150 pounds

Steven Mei
By Steven Mei
July 21, 2017World News
5-year-old sobs as her lemonade stand shuts down, father fined 150 pounds
A 5-year-old girl has her lemonade stand shutdown for not having a permit. Her father was fined 150 pounds ($195). (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

A 5-year-old’s lemonade stand was shutdown for operating without a street trading license. As a result, her father, Andre Spicer, was fined 150 pounds or 90 pounds ($195 or $117 respectively) if he paid within two weeks.

“My daughter burst into tears, repeating again and again ‘Have I done a bad thing?’,” wrote Spicer, a professor of organizational behavior at the Cass Business School at City University London, in his The Telegraph article.

His daughter was selling cups of lemonade at the end of her street in Mile End, as hundreds of people were attending the Lovebox festival in a nearby park, reports The Independent.

After around 30 minutes of setting up, four local council enforcement officers “stormed up to her little table,” wrote Spicer.

One officer “immediately launched into a legalistic script” and later handed them the fine, reports The Independent.

That’s when his daughter burst into tears and “sobbed all the way” home, wrote Spicer.

He offered to get her a permit and open a stall on another day, but his daughter said it was “too scary.”

Town Hamlets Council later apologized for the incident and canceled the fine.

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