There are bureaucratic busybodies everywhere.
As a reader recently put it, “First they came for the lemonade stands…”
The five-year-old drew a sign for her stand in Mile End, East London, while her dad helped her make some homemade lemonade.
They went to sell it to people making their way to Lovebox for 50p for a small cup and £1 for a large one.
But then four Tower Hamlets council officers approached her – one wearing a bodycam for their safety – and informed her that she could not sell lemonade in the street without a permit.
They read her a legal letter saying she would be fined £150 – reduced to £90 if paid early.
Naturally the girl was upset and told her dad ‘I’ve done a bad thing’.