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A five-year-old girl in London was fined £150 ($194) by a local government in London for selling 50p (65 cents) cups of lemonade. The fine upset the little girl because she thought she had done something wrong. The girl's father, Andre Spicer, is a university professor. He said his daughter set up the stall on a street in London. She wanted to sell her lemonade to people who were on their way to a music festival. Mr Spicer said his daughter burst into tears. He said she told him "I've done a bad thing". Mr Spicer said his daughter was very excited by the idea of setting up a lemonade stall near her house. He said: "She just wanted to put a smile on people's faces. She was really proud of herself."



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Mr Spicer explained what happened to make his daughter cry. He said: "After a short time trading, four enforcement officers walked over from the other side of the road. I was quite shocked. I thought that they would just tell us to pack up and go 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 local government spokesman said: "We are very sorry that this has happened….The fine will be cancelled immediately and we have contacted Mr Spicer and his daughter to apologise."

Sources:

  • http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-40679075
  • http://metro.co.uk/2017/07/21/girl-ordered-to-close-50p-lemonade-stall-and-fined-150-by-council-officers-6795345/
  • http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2017/07/it-s-scary-do-it-again-five-year-old-fined-150-running-lemonade-stand

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