|RT | Jul 21, 2017|
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The girl’s father, Andre Spicer, said his daughter set up the stall in Mile End where thousands of music fans were on their way to Lovebox Festival at the weekend.
Spicer said after a short time trading, four enforcement officers from Tower Hamlets council walked over from the other side of the road to shut her stall down.
My five year old daughter was fined £150 for selling lemonade on the corner of our street. MT in @Telegraph today https://t.co/uHFyxEEEBh— André Spicer (@andre_spicer) July 20, 2017
They then fined her £150 - reduced to £90 if she paid early.
“My daughter clung to me screaming ‘daddy, daddy, I’ve done a bad thing.’ She’s five,” Spicer said, according to the Evening Standard.
“She sobbed all the way home … she was very upset because she was proud of selling it, and this really soured the experience.”
Following the incident Spicer told his daughter he would apply for a permit for her but she said it was “too scary.”
The council has since apologized for what happened and cancelled the fine.
“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.”