In an amazing display of power, 4 police officers were able to shut down a 5 year old child’s lemonade stand by showing a lack of “common sense”.
A 5 year-old girl was fined £150 by a council for selling cups of lemonade to music fans
The girl’s father Andre Spicer said his daughter had set up the stall in Mile End, east London, while thousands of music fans were on their way to the Lovebox Festival at the weekend, reported BBC.
Mr Spicer said his daughter burst into tears and told him “I’ve done a bad thing”.
Tower Hamlets Council has since cancelled the fine and apologized.
Spicer said his daughter was excited about being able to set up a stall near their home.
“She just wanted to put a smile on people’s faces. She was really proud of herself,” he said.
“But after a small 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.”
The street trading license rules are:
- To operate a market stall, you will need a street trading licence
- There are two types of street trading licences: temporary and permanent
- The application fee for both temporary and permanent licences is £75
- You must be over 17 years of age to hold a licence
- To sell hot/high risk food, there are several extra restrictions in place on a street 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 council spokesman 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 cancelled immediately and we have contacted Mr Spicer and his daughter to apologise.”
(Article By James Carter)