Girl’s lemonade stand leads to £150 fine from Tower Hamlets Council
A five-year-old girl was reduced to tears after council officers issued a £150 fine for selling cups of lemonade to festival-goers.
Andre Spicer helped his daughter set up a makeshift stall near their home in Mile End, east London, as she wanted to sell 50p and £1 cups of fizzy drink to fans heading to last weekend’s Lovebox Festival.
Soon after, they were confronted by four enforcement officers from Tower Hamlets Council, who handed them the fine for trading without a permit.
Mr Spicer, a professor at City University, said his five-year-old daughter burst into tears and said: “I’ve done a bad thing.”
“It’s not like she was trying to make a massive profit, this is just a five-year-old kid trying to sell lemonade,” he told the Evening Standard.
“She was very upset because she was proud of selling it, and this really soured the experience.”
After being approached by the council officers, who filled out Mr Spicer’s details on the fixed penalty notice, the pair packed up and went home.
Mr Spicer added: “Things like this are common in America… when I shared our experience with my cousin who lives in Chicago, he told me this would be a national scandal.”
A spokeswoman for Tower Hamlets Council said the fine would be cancelled and an apology would be issued to Mr Spicer and his daughter.
She 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.”