The po-po is out here being so extra once again, abusing their power in the most absurd ways, like charging people with possession of Jolly Ranchers, Spaghetti-O's, and more recently, a fine for having a lemonade stand.
On July 15th, several police officers in London pulled up to a 5-year old girl's lemonade stand and proceeded to hand her a fine. According to the little girl's father, who took to The Telegraph to articulate the incident, the officers recited a lengthy legal statement to her in supplement to the fine of 150 British Pounds (equiv. ~$200) and frightening her to tears.
It's pretty clear as day that the officers were just doing their job in accordance to the law, BUT was it necessary to scare a mere child into submission and fine her for doing what so many kids in America do without rebuke? After all, it is summer and children need to find various ways to occupy their time. And it's in these moments that children learn valuable lessons and people skills that prepare them in life.
So why throttle these experiences with tactics that only scar their growth?
Global News has since reported that local officials will cancel the fine, and released a statement saying: "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."
I get it, officers were just doing their job, but lacking the common decency to let a little girl have her lemonade stand is just outrageous. Just let the kids be the kids, right?