A British girl was hit with a $200 fine for selling lemonade, USA Today reports.
Andre Spicer told the paper that his five-year-old daughter was given a fine for selling lemonade without a commercial license.
Spicer says government officials confronted his daughter, who started crying and said “I’ve done a bad thing.”
“She was very upset and had to watch Brave a few times to calm down,” he told the paper.
“She wanted to sell toys or food or clothes but she eventually decided on lemonade. It was a way to entertain her on a summer’s day. We set up the stand and people started buying the lemonade,” Spicer said. “She brought a smile to their faces.”
The local government body said they made a mistake fining the girl and apologized for the incident.
“We are very sorry this has happened. We expect our enforcement officers to show common sense, and to use their powers sensibly. This clearly did not happen,” the borough government said.
More, via USA Today:
In an opinion piece for The Telegraph, a daily newspaper, Spicer wrote: “When I shared our experiences with my cousin who lives in Chicago, he told me this would be a national scandal if it happened in the U.S. Americans would not stand for the spirit of free enterprise being throttled in someone so young. A colleague I work with thought this was an example of how we are discouraging budding female entrepreneurs.”
Still, in 2015, Texas sisters Andria and Zoey Green, then 8 and 7, respectively, were told by police to shut down their traditional neighborhood lemonade stand because they did not have a “Peddler’s Permit” or permission from the Overton, Texas, health department.