City officials have fined a little girl and her father nearly $200 just for operating a lemonade stand near their home, according to CBS News.
London resident Andre Spicer and his 5-year-old daughter were selling lemonade from their homemade stand when “four enforcement officers walked over from the other side of the road,” he told BBC.
Spicer told reporters he expected the officers to shut down the humble operation, which consisted of just four jugs of lemonade. Instead, he says, they issued a fine that totaled $190, for operating the stand without a license.
“I was quite shocked. I thought that they would just tell us to pack up and go home,” he said. “But they turned on their mobile camera and began reading from a big script explaining that she did not have a trading license.”
He says his little girl was traumatized, screaming “Daddy, daddy, I’ve done a bad thing.”
“My daughter burst into tears,” he told The Telegraph. “She just wanted to put a smile on people’s faces.”
Spicer is a professor, who teaches business, and said that Americans would not accept this kind of treatment.
“Americans would not stand for the spirit of free enterprise being throttled in someone so young.”
However, since the story began picking up steam, the town council has erased the fine and issued a statement of apology.
“We are very sorry that this has happened. We expect our enforcement officers to show common sense and to use their powers sensibly,” the statement read. “This clearly did not happen.”
In the future, though, Spicer said setting up a lemonade stand would be “far too risky.”
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