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Girl, 5, fined £150 for lemonade stand

 

A five-year-old girl was fined £150 by a council for selling 50p cups of lemonade to festival goers.

 

The girl's father Andre Spicer said his daughter had set up the stall in Mile End, east London, while thousands of music fans were on their way to the Lovebox Festival at the weekend.

 

Mr Spicer said his daughter burst into tears and told him "I've done a bad thing".

 

Tower Hamlets Council has since cancelled the fine and apologised.

 

 

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-40679075

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note that the council backtracked when it became public knowledge. Also council was on a sticky wicket in identifying who was breaking the law as a 5 year old is below the age of criminal responsibility and enforcement against father would require use of different legislation that would not have an immediate effect.

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note that the council backtracked when it became public knowledge. Also council was on a sticky wicket in identifying who was breaking the law as a 5 year old is below the age of criminal responsibility and enforcement against father would require use of different legislation that would not have an immediate effect.

 

The father has done a good publicity job with the media of saying 'the council fined my 5 year old daughter' but actually as the copy of the FPN shows the council fined the father. Presumably they considered the father was running the stall and the father should have obtained a traders licence. He was presumably there at the stall, he hadn't left a 5 year old on the street on her own! Commonsense would suggest that a 5 year old isn't running a street trading business. She was serving lemonade under the supervision and control of, and with the agreement of, her father

 

It was heavy-handed and the council were right to withdraw it, but if they hadn't I can't see why they would need to use different legislation. They weren't trying to enforce the daughter's fine against the father. The father was fined and if unpaid they would have enforced it against the father in the usual way. The father's defence could have been that he wasn't running the stall his daughter was, but I suspect that argument would have got short shrift in a court.

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so many idiots in government/councils these days = worrying, let alone people in power! where are the real people with common sense, maybe they do not teach people correctly theses days as calculators/computers have no brain and it is rubbing off!

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