UK girl fined $195 for selling lemonade without a license

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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.
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stlonginus
3 years ago

Numb nuts.

Alexa
Alexa
3 years ago

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.

Alma
Alma
3 years ago

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

lophatt
lophatt
3 years ago

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

daveyone1
3 years ago
truckjunkie
truckjunkie
3 years ago

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.… Read more »

lophatt
lophatt
3 years ago

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.

Glenn47
Glenn47
3 years ago

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.

CalGirl
3 years ago

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”).

Jackie Puppet
Jackie Puppet
3 years ago

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… Read more »

dkolb2010
dkolb2010
3 years ago

‘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… Read more »

dkolb2010
dkolb2010
3 years ago

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… Read more »

dkolb2010
dkolb2010
3 years ago

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… Read more »

Arbiter
Arbiter
3 years ago

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

Dr. Eowyn
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Dr. Eowyn
3 years ago
Reply to  Arbiter

“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.

timothyjcharles
3 years ago

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

ardalionanguiano
3 years ago

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