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Girl Fined for Lemonade Stand Before Town Council Apologizes

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A 5-year-old girl was fined for her lemonade stand. (Brad Calkins/Dreamstime)

By    |   Friday, 21 Jul 2017 02:10 PM

A 5-year-old London girl was fined 150 pounds ($195) for setting up an unlicensed lemonade stand near her home.

The girl sold cups of homemade lemonade for 50 pence (65 cents) to fans walking to the Lovebox Festival nearby. According to the BBC, her father Andre Spicer said the girl cried when she received the penalty notice, saying, “I’ve done a bad thing.”

The Tower Hamlets Council later canceled the fine and apologized for its actions.

“We are very sorry that this has happened,” said the council in a statement. “We expect our enforcement officers to show common sense, and to use their powers sensibly. This clearly did not happen.”

The apology came after Spicer wrote an article about the experience for the Daily Mail that was shared and commented on hundreds of times online. “She just wanted to put a smile on people’s faces,” Spicer said about his daughter. “She was really proud of herself.”

Spicer, a professor at City University business school, also wrote in the article, “Americans would not stand for the spirit of free enterprise being throttled in someone so young,” and said the incident was an example of how the U.K. may be “discouraging budding female entrepreneurs.”

Spicer also lamented the overly supervised nature of childhood as hindering children’s development of traits like responsibility and independence.

“Perhaps I should just ... hand my daughter an iPad so she can spend hours watching a creepy guy opening up toys he has just bought,” he finished the article sarcastically.

As might be expected, Twitter users were quick to condemn the fine.

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