The Denver Post - - BUSINESS -

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

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

The girl was sell­ing home-made 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 and said “I’ve done a bad thing, Daddy. I’ve done some­thing wrong.”

“I think ini­tially she was a bit shocked and sad,” Spicer said. “And then I sug­gested we try it again with a per­mit. And she said: ‘Oh, it’s a bit scary.’ ”

Lo­cal of­fi­cials said the fine will be can­celed 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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