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5-Year-Old Fined $200 for Selling Lemonade

•, Jon Miltimore

I happen to like lemonade, but that's usually not my primary motivation for stopping to purchase a glass. Rather, it's to offer a bit of encouragement to the budding entrepreneurs who've put in the work and taken the time to set up shop in the hopes of making a small profit for themselves (and to just have some fun).

Industry, free exchange, and entrepreneurship seem like virtues an aspiring society would wish to foster in their young. Alas, this is often not the case.

Shaking Down a 5-Year-Old

In a Thursday article for The Telegraph, a man named Andre Spicer wrote about the experience of his five-year-old daughter who tried to open a small lemonade stand in the family's East London neighborhood.

After about 30 minutes, four local council enforcement officers stormed up to her little table," he wrote. "'Excuse me,' one officer said as he switched on a portable camera attached to his vest. He then read a lengthy legal statement – the gist of which was that because my daughter didn't have a trading permit, she would be fined [$195]. 'But don't worry, it is only [$117] if it's paid quickly,' the officer added."

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