Yes, a 5-year-old was actually fined for selling lemonade. But when you hear what happened next, your faith in humanity just might be restored again.
The little British girl was selling homemade lemonade at a stand outside a music festival for people to cool down on their way in and out of the venue. But government workers shut down her stand, saying she didn't have a license to be there, and gave her a $200 fine. According to her father, Andre Spicer, the little girl immediately burst into tears and said, "I did a bad thing."
Spicer couldn't have disagreed more. So the devoted dad publicly defended his daughter's business in a strongly worded opinion piece in The Telegraph, causing a serious public backlash against the local council's decision.
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."
The good news is that the Tower Hamlets Council in east London retracted the fine and also apologized for giving it in the first place.
"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 council said in a statement.
And the even better news is that her father says his little girl is now getting job offers — lots of job offers — from festivals, markets, and businesses that are encouraging her to bring her lemonade stand to them.
One of them was Borough Market, one of London's largest markets.
"In all seriousness, would your daughter like to sell some lemonade at Borough Market?" the market's organizers tweeted. "We'd love to make that happen for her."
Since the incident, Spicer said he and his family have been "overwhelmed by the kind response from people across the world."
Beautiful! We hope the little entrepreneur is back in business soon.