5-Year-Old Girl Fined £150 For Lemonade Stand By Dumb Officers

A five-year-old girl was fined £150 for selling lemonade to festival goers. Seriously?

The little girl had set up the stall in Mile End, east London where thousands of music fans coming to the Lovebox Festival at the weekend.
However, four enforcement officers fined her £150 because she has no street trading license.

According to the girl’s father, Andre Spicer, his daughter loved the idea of setting up a stall near their home but she suddenly burst into tears and told him “I’ve done a bad thing”.

Mr. Spencer said, “She just wanted to put a smile on people’s faces. She was really proud of herself. 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 license.

“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.”

Street trading license rules:

  • To operate a market stall, you will need a street trading license
  • There are two types of street trading licenses: temporary and permanent
  • The application fee for both temporary and permanent licenses is £75
  • You must be over 17 years of age to hold a license
  • To sell hot/high-risk food, there are several extra restrictions in place on a street trading license.

A Tower Hamlets 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 canceled immediately and we have contacted Mr. Spicer and his daughter to apologize.”