A five-year-old girl in the UK has been fined £150 (about $AUD 250) for selling homemade lemonade to passersby on her street.
Her father, business professor Andre Spicer, said his daughter was looking for something to do over the summer holidays and wanted to try running a market stall—like those she’d seen at her school’s fete.
“It was my daughter’s suggestion and after 30 minutes labouring over the blender, we had four jugs of lemonade,” Spicer wrote for The Telegraph.
“My daughter drew a sign with some beautiful bright yellow lemons on it. I added the prices: 50p for a small cup; £1 for a large one. After cleaning off an old table, we packed up our things and walked to the end of the street.”
— BBC News England (@BBCEngland) July 21, 2017
It was a particularly busy Saturday in East London due to a music festival, Lovebox, being held nearby—within minutes, the little girl had her first customer.
“The lemonade quickly disappeared and her little money tin filled up. A happy scene,” Spicer wrote.
But after only 30 minutes as a budding entrepreneur, the little girl was approached by four officials who issued her with a $AUD 247 fine, telling her it could be reduced to $AUD 148 if she paid it quickly, AAP reports.
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“My daughter burst into tears, repeating again and again ‘Have I done a bad thing?'” Spicer wrote for The Telegraph. “We packed up and made the short walk home. My daughter sobbed all the way.”
According to AAP, the local council has since cancelled the fine and hand-delivered a note to Spicer’s home to apologise.
The internet’s reaction, however, has been swift and savage.
Did you have a good day darling?
Yeah, I fined a little girl £150 for selling homemade lemonade
Wow, impressive. Hero
“BBC News – Girl”
— Mark Elwood (@Thisiselwood) July 21, 2017
BBC News – Girl … how much of a tool do you have to be to fine a 5 year old girl £150 for selling lemonade? pic.twitter.com/fmr641ZMPr
— Scrub (@pin_lock) July 21, 2017
I saw a girl selling lemonade outside so I drove around the block to park and buy some and when I went back she was packing up crying omg ????????
— brianna summers (@bsummers919) July 9, 2017
5-y/o girl in London fined £150 for selling lemonade at her stand. She was left crying, saying “I’ve done a bad thing.”
Way to go, London. pic.twitter.com/FiTOyCZwDn
— /pol/ News Forever (@polNewsForever) July 21, 2017
Imagine being so shallow and so hateful that you fine a 5 year old girl for selling lemonade?? Why didn’t they get sacked??
— sean the cabbie (@northolt3103) July 21, 2017
Imagine fining a little girl selling 50p lemonades to people going to a festival. What an absolute jobsworth! https://t.co/6fnf1nB5mB
— Phil Taggart (@philytaggart) July 21, 2017