Five-year-old gets fined £150 after setting up lemonade stand

The girl was in tears, telling her father, "I've done a bad thing".

The young girl set up shop near her house in East London
The young girl set up shop near her house in East London

A five-year-old girl was left bawling after she was fined £150. The fine came after the youngster set up a lemonade stand in East London.

Andre Spicer’s daughter decided to start her business at the end of her street, where hundreds of people were attending a festival in Victoria Park.

After only 30 minutes of being open, four officers approached her table and issued a letter informing her of the fine.
The fine was issued because the young girl was missing a trading permit, required by law to anyone selling products in a public area.

The young girl was reportedly devastated, telling her father “I’ve done a bad thing”.

Tower Hamlets council have withdrawn the fine and apologised.

A council spokesman said: “We expect our enforcement officers to show common sense and to use their powers sensibly.”

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