U.K. girl left in tears af­ter fine for sell­ing lemon­ade

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS -

LON­DON - A Bri­tish man and his young daugh­ter have gained in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion for be­ing fined for sell­ing lemon­ade.

An­dre Spicer said his 5-yearold daugh­ter was left in tears af­ter lo­cal coun­cil of­fi­cers fined her 150 pounds ($195) for sell­ing lemon­ade with­out a li­cense near their home in Lon­don.

The girl was sell­ing home­made lemon­ade to fans at­tend­ing the Love­box dance fes­ti­val when she was fined. The four of­fi­cers ap­proached the girl and be­gan speak­ing in tech­ni­cal le­gal terms, telling her that her lemon­ade stand in­fringed on lo­cal busi­ness rights.

Halfway through the in­ter­ac­tion with the of­fi­cers, Spicer said his daugh­ter burst into tears.

Spicer wrote an ar­ti­cle about the in­ci­dent for the Daily Tele­graph that gar­nered hun­dreds of com­ments and shares on­line.

Lo­cal of­fi­cials said the fine will be can­celled im­me­di­ately. They have apol­o­gized to the fam­ily.

In a state­ment Fri­day, the coun­cil said it was “very sorry” about what hap­pened and that its en­force­ment of­fi­cers are ex­pected to “show com­mon sense, and to use their pow­ers sensibly. This clearly did not hap­pen.”

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