“I’ve Done A Bad Thing” 5yo Girl Bursts into Tears As Cops Fine Her for Lemonade Stand

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Common sense, among those who work inside the state, is a rare commodity. Agents of the state, like those who work in law enforcement, often become so blinded to reality by ‘just doing my job’ they throw logic and reason to the wayside, choosing authority and force instead. Nothing highlights this blind order following quite like police tormenting a five-year-old girl and issuing her a citation for the crime of selling lemonade without a permit.

“She just wanted to put a smile on people’s faces. She was really proud of herself,” Andre Spicer, the father of the five-year-old girl who all of the sudden found herself on the receiving end of the police state over the weekend.

Spicer told the BBC that his daughter set up a table and was selling lemonade in Mile End, east London, while thousands of music fans were on their way to the Lovebox Festival over the weekend.

She was in a prime spot and was making money, that is, until the coppers showed up.

Exactly how many police officers did it take to shut down a five-year-old’s lemonade stand?


As Spicer explains, “but after a small time trading, four enforcement officers walked over from the other side of the road.

“I was quite shocked. I thought that they would just tell us to pack up and go home.”

Instead of telling the five-year-old that she should not be selling lemonade without a permit — which would have been atrocious enough — these hero cops protected society by issuing her a fine for £150 (nearly $200 USD).

“But they turned on their mobile camera and began reading from a big script explaining that she did not have a trading license,” Spicer explained.

At this point, the girl became horrified at the four large officers standing over her, telling her she’d broken the law.

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

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

The sheer lack of humanity a person has to have to issue a $200 ticket to a five-year-old girl for selling squeezed lemons mixed with water to willing patrons is disturbing, to say the least.

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All hope in humanity is not lost, however. Once Spicer spoke out about the ridiculous fine his daughter received, the city council eventually heard about it.

As BBC reported, 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.”

Luckily, for the Spicer family, positive publicity is more valuable than the $200 fine to the city, so they chose to take the high road.

“The fine will be canceled immediately and we have contacted Mr. Spicer and his daughter to apologize,” the council spokesman said.

However, you can rest assured that if Spicer had not spoken out about this fine and, instead, simply chose not to pay it, a warrant would’ve been issued and force would’ve been escalated – for lemonade.

As NBC reports, in his column for The Telegraph, Spicer, a professor at the Cass School of Business at London’s City University, lamented all the rules, regulations and monitoring of children that goes on now — often stifling creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and the confidence gained by giving children a little independence.

“I think the wider issue here is a question about encouraging children to have a go at things, whether it’s starting a small business or putting on a play or whatever they want to do,” Spicer told ITV. “Children are under a lot of pressure these days and are often not encouraged to take risks.”

It’s turning out to be a hard and fast lesson in how government requirements on business – many of which play no role in protecting people or the environment – put a heavy, unnecessary burden on aspiring entrepreneurs like Spicer’s little girl’s lemonade stand. Revenue collection is often the only driver of government permits and licenses and this collection is enforced with police force.

Bearing down on the age-old tradition of youngsters setting up lemonade stands demonstrates how obsessed the State has become in “regulating” small business.

It appears that Spicer’s daughter made it through the gauntlet, with the help of publicity and social media. Others are not so fortunate, though.

In Portland, Ore. an 11-year-old girl wanted to sell mistletoe from their farm at a holiday market to help her dad pay for her braces, which cost $5,000. But the Parks Bureau refused to let her set up without a permit, lease or concession agreement. She was told she could beg instead.

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In 2015, comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s son, Julian, and two friends set up a lemonade stand to raise money for a charity.

However, thanks to a see something say something neighbor, police were notified of the illegal lemonade venture. Hero officers then swooped in to shut down the stand, citing local village law violations.

After being shut down, Jerry and family posed for an epic pic, trolling both the police and the neighbor who would call the cops to shut down a charitable lemonade stand.

Courtesy of The Free Thought Project

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on TwitterSteemit, and now on Facebook.

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10 Responses to “I’ve Done A Bad Thing” 5yo Girl Bursts into Tears As Cops Fine Her for Lemonade Stand

  1. Liberius Lucanus says:

    To think what the last straw was that started the American Revolution to throw england out of the colonies was a 1 percent tax increase. Now America has emulated the very same ideology that england is doing in this story.

  2. rueangel says:

    And these are the same “Bobbies’ that allow Muslin rape gangs to operate for years, & allows Muslims & Black Africans to, break windows, & burn cars,..& rape White women,.& to set up,..’NO GO’ zones where the police are afraid to, even, go,..

    Which leads me to think, that ,..’IF’,..this had been a Muslim girl, & had set up a lemonade stand, in a ‘NO GO’ zone, then she would still be in business,..

    Ya think,.?

  3. Gregory Alan of Johnson says:

    This type of thing being wide spread as it is, it is clear that critical thinking is not taught in the training academies involved with Constables On Patrol. All of it Satanic, since it’s not under Biblical jurisdiction, like Yahweh’s Torah, which I most definitely desire over this insane mess. In the name of Yeshua, Amen.

  4. A government system devoid of Yahweh’s immutable/unchanging morality as reflected His law invariably devolves into a police state.

    Why not? Any system not based upon Yahweh as sovereign and thus His moral law as supreme is a State with Messianic objectives, as a surrogate to Christ.

    Time for America to repent of her present sins and their complicity in the constitutional framers’ sedition against God. Otherwise, matters will only grow worse.

    For more, see online Chapter 3 “The Preamble: WE THE PEOPLE vs. YAHWEH” of “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective” at http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/BlvcOnline/biblelaw-constitutionalism-pt3.html.

    Then find out how much you really know about the Constitution as compared to the Bible. Take our 10-question Constitution Survey at http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ConstitutionSurvey.html and receive a complimentary copy of a book that examines the Constitution by the Bible.

  5. RockyMtn1776 says:

    They must feel so proud of themselves. The Gestapo at work !

  6. Ann Tenna says:

    Russia….circa 1950’s 60’s…

  7. Ann Tenna says:

    this is NOT America anymore… its Naziamerika…. this is so out of control only a total revolution can fix it..a total clean slate!

  8. Junior1950 says:

    Those THUG “BOBBIES” as the Brits call them should be ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES!!!! How the hell would they feel if a THUG “BOBBIE” did that to THEIR 5 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER(S)??????????

  9. James Higginbotham says:


    • Cliffystones says:

      That would be the first idea I’d have in his shoes. But then I’m sure he realized that would separate him from his Daughter, and give the Limey-Nazis an excuse to turn her over to a child moles…er,uh “child services”. Rock and a hard place situation for sure.

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