Little Girl Fined $200 for Selling Homemade Lemonade

Last weekend, Andre Spicer was really upset after what had happened to his daughter. His little girl decided to set up a stall in the east London borough of Tower Hamlets after attending her school fete. She sold 50 pence ($0.65) for a small cup and 1 pound ($1.31) for a large size.

After an hour, he saw his little girl sobbing because she was fined £150 ($196.99) for selling cups of lemonade without a license. The enforcement officers approached them and handed the fine and told them to pay within 14 days to avoid higher penalty.

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Mr. Spicer is a professor of organizational behavior at the Cass Business School at City University London. He tweeted what had happened but didn’t receive anything in response from the local council. He then wrote a column for The Telegraph, strangers began to support him and his daughter and everyone was asking what was wrong with Tower Hamlets.

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In his column, he noted about the difficulties of giving kids space to pursue real-world activities, specifically in shifting parental norms, electronic gadgets and the like.

The ticket was immediately canceled and the Tower Hamlets contacted Mr. Spicer and his daughter to apologize.

According to TheGuardians, Tower Hamlets Council spokesperson said: “We are very sorry that this has happened. We expect our enforcement officers to show common sense, and to use their powers sensibly. This clearly did not happen. The fine will be canceled immediately and we have contacted Prof Spicer and his daughter to apologize.”