The little girl who was fined £150 by a London borough council for selling lemonade from a stall outside Lovebox Festival has received dozens of job offers to sell her drinks elsewhere.
Andre Spicer, the young entrepreneur’s father, wrote about how she had ‘burst into tears’ after enforcement officers ‘began reading from a big script explaining that she did not have a trading licence’.
Since the fine has been widely criticised online, the council have been forced to cancel the penalty.
But, as a two-finger salute to the Nanny State of Bureaucracy, other vendors, including London’s famous Borough Market, have offered the lemonade-seller trade elsewhere.
Borough Market tweeted the girl’s father in response to his story:
@andre_spicer in all seriousness, would your daughter like to sell some lemonade at Borough Market? We'd love to make that happen for her ?
— Borough Market (@boroughmarket) July 22, 2017
The people behind the market’s Twitter wrote:
In all seriousness, would your daughter like to sell some lemonade at Borough Market? We’d love to make that happen for her.
She’ll be a refreshing addition to the stalls, amid their Young Marketeers scheme.
The family have been overwhelmed with offers, writing:
We have been overwhelmed by the kind response from people across the world.
Dozens of festivals, markets and businesses have offered us the opportunity to set up a lemonade stand – we hope they will extend this invitation to others who’d love to make a stand.
The council have since publicly apologised for their mistake, which left the youngster clinging onto her dad and screaming ‘I’ve done something bad’, in a statement.
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.
Just goes to show, when life gives you lemons, you just go ahead and make some more lemonade.
We look forward to seeing her on The Apprentice in years to come.