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Nanny State

Government Teaches Little Girl Selling Lemonade is Bad

Written by Joe Scudder

She cried tears because government workers were going to fine the five-year-old $200 for selling lemonade without a license.

I guess England is such a peaceful, safe place that the government doesn’t have anything better to do than to protect the public from unlicensed five-year-old girls selling lemonade. While this story took place in England, USA Today acknowledges that there have been similar incidents in the U.S.

The worst part is that the girl was made to feel she had done “a bad thing.” The government has begun conditioning her at such a young age!

USA Today reports, “‘I’ve done a bad thing,’ says British girl, 5, fined for selling lemonade.

Andre Spicer’s daughter was selling cups of lemonade near her home in east London when local government workers accused her of not having a commercial license.

The girl is five. She made the lemonade herself. She wanted 65 cents a cup. (Yes, 65 cents is a lot. But this is London, one of the most expensive cities in the world.)

Spicer, a professor at the University of London, told British media that when confronted by the accusation his daughter burst into tears and said: “I’ve done a bad thing.”

“She was very upset and had to watch Brave a few times to calm down,” he said, speaking to The Guardian. The incident took place last Saturday and she was selling the lemonade to music fans who were on their way to the nearby LoveBox Festival.


Needless to say, Spicer’s daughter did not have a license to sell homemade lemonade.

Read the entire USA Today story.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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