The Telegram (St. John's)

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


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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