Girl, five, fined for selling lemonade outside her house

Cheryl Sanders
July 21, 2017

Prof Spicer said that after the incident, when he told his daughter they could secure a permit for the stall and try again, she said it was "too scary".

A five-year-old girl was fined £150 by a London council for selling cups of lemonade at a stall near her home.

The stall attracted people passing by on their way to the Lovebox music festival, which was taking place in nearby Victoria Park, and the jugs were quickly emptied.

In a letter to United Kingdom daily The Telegraph, Spicer said: "I'm a professor in a business school, so I probably should have known some kind of permit was required".

Girl, five, fined for selling lemonade outside her house

Spicer said his daughter burst into tears and said, "I've done a bad thing" after she was fined.

He directed a tweet at Tower Hamlets council and, on deeper reflection, "realised there were broader issues at stake, including how society treats children".

"We made up some homemade lemonade and then we went down to the end of the street, not far from where the Lovebox festival was going on", he told ITV News.

The council has since apologized for what happened and cancelled the fine.


"People were so happy, they thought she was so cute and called her a "little grafter".

But after about half an hour, several enforcement officers came up and began reading lengthy legal notice before writing a fine.

Mr Spicer said his daughter was left "very upset" by the experience.

"My daughter burst into tears, repeating again and again "have I done a bad thing"?" he said.


"After five minutes, the officers' jobs were done and they went on their way". Children are under a lot of pressure these days and are often not encouraged to take risks.

Tower Hamlets council has now promised to cancel the fine and said it will contact the Spicer family to apologise.

"We expect our enforcement officers to show common sense and to use their powers sensibly", said a spokesman.


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