UK girl fined $195 for selling lemonade without a license

lemonade stand

Big government at work.

From Fox News: Officials in a London borough apologized Friday after a local council’s decision to fine a 5-year-old girl for selling lemonade without a license drew international backlash.

“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 Tower Hamlets Council said in a statement.

Andre Spicer said his 5-year-old daughter was left in tears after local council officers fined her 150 pounds ($195) for selling lemonade without a license near their home in London.

Lemonade stands fall under the Tower Hamlets Council’s guidelines for operating a market stall, which requires a street trading license. To gain a license, an entrepreneur must be at least 17 years old and pay a 75-pound ($97) application fee, the BBC reported. Stalls that sell food carry additional restrictions.

The girl was selling home-made lemonade to fans attending the Lovebox festival when she was fined.

Spicer wrote an article about the experience for the Daily Telegraph that gathered hundreds of comments and shares online.

“Holding the notice of the fine in my hand, I’m reminded just how restrictive we have become with our children,” Spicer wrote. “When I was growing up, my brother and I were able to wander miles from home without adult supervision. We were encouraged to sell things to raise money for clubs we were part of.

“By selling biscuits, we learned about maths, communication and basic business skills. But more importantly, we gained a degree of confidence. I can’t ever recall a council officer popping up and fining us,” he added.

Local officials said Friday the fine will be cancelled immediately.


18 responses to “UK girl fined $195 for selling lemonade without a license

  1. As children we safely went house to house to sell Christmas cards to fund raise for needy families and their children. Come the sweltering heat of summer we made and sold lemonade and brownies or cookies. We learned a lot by doing these things including socializing with good neighbors, math, food preparation, marketing, earning and giving and the most important value of helping others less fortunate too.

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  2. Since it is in England she may not need a license to dispense free POT.

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  3. It’s all about control and asking permission. They don’t want anyone believing they can do anything on their own initiative.

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  4. We face very much the same governmental mindset here in the US. The Government SAYS they support America’s desires to start their own businesses,but their behavior indicates the opposite is true.
    An example is the business I want to build,to hopefully earn an income to augment/replace my SSD checks if things go south,though I’m not as pessimistic now as I was under the Obama Badministration.
    In my County,there are many “home sites”,usually mobile homes and out buildings,with no utilities or water,in the far reaches of outlying areas,that are abandoned-either the owner passed away,moved into town or moved to another area. At any rate,it doesn’t take vandals long to wreck the places.leaving the buildings destroyed,trash strewn about,abandoned appliances,piles of clothing,furniture and vehicles. Many who have moved just keep paying the taxes on the land like they’d pay for a storage unit in town,or they stop paying the taxes and eventually the land will be auctioned for back taxes. I believe many of these places could be cleaned up and all the trash and scrap removed,making the land ready for the owner to sell at a much higher price than it would bring with all the debris scattered over it. There are others in the area that do this clean up,but they won’t take these places on for two reasons;
    1-They’re not equipped to haul anything as big as cars,mobile homes or a truckload of junk appliances.
    2-The distance from town makes it too expensive to do the job.
    I want to start a business doing ONLY these properties,because this area NEEDS someone to do them,and I believe the jobs CAN be cost-effective by selling much of the materials to businesses that will pay for the materials. i.e.-the scrap yards will buy vehicles,sheet metal of the Mobile homes,wiring,the frames,axles and metal plumbing from them,appliances,etc. The rest can be hauled to the landfill at a lower rate if I haul enough per load.
    Problem-it takes a LOT of money to start a business,and in this case,much of it is in Fees,Licenses,Bonds,Insurance,Special Permits and other bureaucratic BS placed there to squeeze every cent possible out of a new Business Owner. So I invest in ALL these requirements,PLUS the equipment,fuel,repairs and maintenance,MORE Licensing just to start out. If the business doesn’t prove to be feasible for whatever reason,MOST of that money is gone-with-the-wind. (I could sell off what equipment I no longer need-that’d help a little.)
    My first instinct would be to try a couple of jobs “under the radar” to see how the plans work,and see where improvements can be made. The down side of this idea is that if I get cau8ght,I’d lose all my equipment and be fined a lot of money I don’t have from buying and maintaining that equipment.
    I tried running this business idea through a “Small Business Administration” workshop,but they couldn’t offer any real help because it doesn’t fit into any of their neat little niches like “open a drug store”,”start a mobile home park” or “open an archery supply store”. As is the story of my life,I’m on my own in this. I believe I’ll have to “shoot-from-the-hip” to get this rolling.
    Sorry for hijacking the thread. I believe my point started out to refer to the Government’s innate tendency to kill anything of a PROductive nature in the American spirit.

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  5. Just look at it. They have hoards of Pakis stealing young girls into white slavery. What do they do? They cover it up, of course. It wouldn’t do to be accused of “racism”.

    They have a white child selling lemonade. “Lock ‘er up”. Instead of groveling and looking down people need to look them right in the eye before they chase them through the streets.


  6. Well, the Brits have certainly outdid themselves yet again. Sadly, this is becoming the norm. Instead of addressing the real dangers of the world, we find those in office attacking the right to protection, the right of little children to learn ways to grow a business. They are using these distractions to avoid doing their job. It is easier to attack those that aren’t a threat and ignore those that want to do harm.
    We must put the pressure of those ignoring their duty for which they were elected.

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  7. Well, for sure if their “one-payer” socialized medicine can pull the plug on anyone without family permission (recent “Charlie” case) or EVEN prevent the parents from seeking alternative medicine on their OWN outside the country for the last 7 months (effectively and for SURE delivering the death sentence to this child), then——pulling the plug on a child’s lemonade stand is……well…..CHILD’S PLAY for them (and a net $195 to the “government”).

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  8. Jackie Puppet

    Earlier this summer, I was stopping at a house in an ultra-liberal Chicago suburb (Oak Park) on my way home from work. Across the street, a little girl was selling lemonade. She came across the street to give me a free lemonade (only a couple of ounces).

    I asked “How much?” and she said it was free. I reached in my pocket and gave her $1. And hoping that her village wasn’t like London, but if there was one place that would be, it would be her village. Stories like this were on my mind, but I didn’t want to ruin her innocence by talking about it, so I kept my mouth shut.

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  9. ‘There is no American dream’: Kids fined $500 for setting up lemonade stand to raise money for cancer without permit

    While some residents are making enough money to put their kids through school, others aren’t even allowed to set up a lemonade stand for charity.

    A county inspector in Maryland ordered local school kids to shut down the stand they set up outside the US Open despite the fact others were being allowed to sell their parking spots.

    Carrie Marriott told WUSA9: ‘This gentleman from the county is now telling us because we don’t have a vendors license, the kids won’t be allowed to sell their lemonade.

    Scroll down for video


  10. wikiHow to Run a Lemonade Stand

    Three Parts:Making PlansSetting Up Your StandSelling LemonadeCommunity Q&A

    There’s nothing like an ice-cold glass of lemonade when summer is at its hottest. Generations of kids have earned money by selling lemonade on sweltering summer days. Finding the right location and advertising your stand are two perfect ways to get lots of business. Most importantly, offer delicious, fresh drinks, such as lemonade, that will keep people coming back for more. You should also sell other treats to keep the customers happy, and possibly convince them to tell their friends about your stand. To find out how to start a successful stand, read on!


  11. Martha Stewart ~ Making a Lemonade Stand ~ (it’s a good thing)
    For many young people, selling lemonade from a stand is a summer rite of passage — a chance to earn some pocket money, spend time outside, and perhaps learn a lesson about entrepreneurship. It doesn’t require an elaborate set of plans or involved construction; in fact, with some colored paper, string, and a set of posts, you can build a perfectly functional and attractive lemonade stand.

    Begin by drawing out each letter of the word “lemonade” on an 8 1/2-by-11-inch piece of construction paper, making the letters as large as possible and keeping the size of the letters uniform. Cut the letters out with scissors, and using a glue stick, affix each one to a different-colored piece of construction paper. Using a hole punch, make four holes along the top edge of each of the letters. Thread a 12-foot piece of twine through the holes, starting from the back side and weaving in and out until all the letters are strung together in order. There should be about 2 feet of extra string on either end of the chain so the banner can be tied to the stakes.

    Tie the sign to a set of 1-by-2-inch, 7-foot lengths of poplar or a similar wood. First, attach an eye hook several inches down from the top of the stake. Make a starting hole in the ground, and drive the stake 6 inches to 1 foot into the ground, using a sledgehammer and making sure that the screw-eye sides of the stakes are facing each other. Tie the ends of the twine to the screw eyes.

    To make a smaller sign that displays the price, cut sheets of construction paper in half, and follow the same process as with the larger letters. A 5-foot length of twine should be sufficient to hang this sign, which can be tied to rocks set on opposite corners of the stand’s table. This technique can also be used for yard sales or parties, and the letters can be laminated to make them durable and reusable.

    An attractive stand needs a complementary product, and even though there are many brands of lemonade on the market, the stand will be best served by the homemade variety. This recipe calls for sugar syrup, which is simple to make in your own kitchen. Martha’s friends sell their lemonade for 50 cents a glass, along with a plate full of delicious confetti squares.

    Makes about 2 quarts
    1 cup sugar syrup (recipe follows)
    1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about six large lemons)
    1. In a large pitcher, combine 2 quarts cold water, sugar syrup, and lemon juice.
    2. Add ice, and serve in tall glasses.
    Sugar Syrup
    Makes 1 cup
    2/3 cup sugar
    4 two-inch strips lemon rind (yellow part only)
    1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, 1/2 cup water, and lemon rind. Bring to a boil, remove from heat, and cool.


  12. The fine was given to the father, not the child. The stall was set up on a footpath which was the main route for 40,000 people attending a music festival and constituted an obstruction. The regulations the Council applies are intended to prevent the enormous problems it has had with uncontrolled street trading in the past. Context is everything.

    Also the kid’s lemonade stand concept is still regarded as unusual in the UK – bit of an American import


    • “The fine was given to the father, not the child.”

      It’s still a fine.

      “The stall was set up on a footpath which was the main route for 40,000 people attending a music festival and constituted an obstruction.”

      Then the fine should be for obstruction and endangering public safety. Instead, it was for selling without a license.

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    • Seems the UK prefers Muslim imports more than American ones…


  13. .

    Makes about 2 quarts
    1 cup sugar syrup (recipe follows)
    1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about six large lemons)


  14. .

    Makes about 2 quarts
    1 cup sugar syrup (recipe follows)
    1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about six large lemons)


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