Tower Hamlets Council Fine 5 Year Old £150 For Selling 50p Lemonade Cups
In an astonishing act of heavy handedness, trading enforcement officers from Tower Hamlets Council have issued a £150 fixed penalty fine notice to a five year old girl in Mile End, East London, after she set up a small table near her house to offer 50p cups of lemonade to festival goers at last weekends Lovebox Festival. The girls father, Andre Spicer, told the BBC that his daughter burst into tears on being handed the notice and told him ‘I’ve done a bad thing’.
Tower Hamlets Council has since cancelled the fine and apologised.
Mr Spicer said his daughter loved the idea of setting up a stall near their home.
‘She just wanted to put a smile on people’s faces. She was really proud of herself,’ he said.
‘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 licence.
‘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.’
A 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’.
Westmonster Dave is the editor of alt-politics.com