A five-year-old British girl who hit the headlines after her homemade lemonade stand was shut down by the local council has received dozens of offers to set up stalls at other events.
Andre Spicer, a business school professor, let his daughter set up a stand near their home to sell refreshments to people heading to the Lovebox music festival in Victoria Park, east London, last weekend. But after half an hour four council officials told the pair to shut up shop and slapped Prof Spicer with a £150 fine as he held his sobbing daughter in his arms.
Tower Hamlets Council has since canceled the fine and hand-delivered a note to the family’s home to apologize.
The family tweeted: ‘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’.
They included supermarket giant Morrisons:
And London’s famous Borough Market:
The family continued, ‘We hope they will extend this invitation to others who’d love to make a stand. Children could sell home-made lemonade, hand drawn comics or vegetables they have grown. Young people could do more than sell things, like sharing films or music they’ve created, or gaining support for their local club. We learn through doing. Making a stand is a great opportunity for kids to share their interests, build confidence and contribute to our communities. This summer, it would be amazing to see children and young people at festivals, markets and businesses across the country showing the positive things they can do.’
The young entrepreneur clearly has some good role models in her parents…well done ma and pa!