Andre Spicer said his daughter burst into tears and told him “I’ve done a bad thing” [Image: Andre Spicer].

People who have tried to blame Labour after a five-year-old girl was fined £150 for setting up a lemonade stall should be ashamed of themselves.

It is true that enforcement officers from Tower Hamlets Council were stupid enough to penalise the youngster – but the council itself has reprimanded those people for their lack of “common sense”.

Tower Hamlets has been wrongly described as a Labour-run council. In fact no party has overall control, but the borough has a Labour mayor.

That hasn’t stopped people from making some very foolish remarks:

(Obviously this person had not read the article and didn’t realise the fine had been revoked.)

If anybody wants to use this to comment on the Labour Party, then, there can only be one thing to say:

Well done – for showing the sense that the council’s enforcement officers didn’t have, cancelling their silly fine, and apologising for ruining this well-intentioned girl’s day.

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.

“But after a small time trading, four enforcement officers walked over from the other side of the road.

“They turned on their mobile camera and began reading from a big script explaining that she did not have a trading licence.

“My daughter clung to me screaming ‘daddy, daddy, I’ve done a bad thing.’ She’s five.

“We were then issued a fine of £150. We packed up and walked home.”

A council spokesman said: “We are very sorry that this has happened. We expect our enforcement officers to show common sense and to use their powers sensibly.

“This clearly did not happen.

“The fine will be cancelled immediately and we have contacted Mr Spicer and his daughter to apologise.”

Source: Girl, 5, fined £150 for lemonade stand – BBC News


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