Free Minds & Free Markets

Brickbat: Wasn't This Banned by the Magna Carta?

Lemonade standDonato16 / DreamstimeAndre Spicer's daughter set up a lemonade stand near their home in London, England. A festival was taking place nearby, so her business was brisk. But about 30 minutes after she set the stand up, four code enforcement officers confronted her and handed her a £150 fine for not having a trading permit.

Photo Credit: Donato16 / Dreamstime

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  • Hugh Akston||

    I hope the code enforcers were armed. You don't want to risk officer safety with dangerous scumbags like that.

  • Telcontar the Wanderer||

    Quick question: how do you make a sign of the cross with your fingers, only in the form of the Stars and Stripes, as a ward against Britishness?

  • ||

    I'm fairly certain the correct answer is to place your hand firmly on the grip and cock the hammer.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    "and handed her a £150 fine "

    'ang about. You tellin' me the coppahs pay little kids for breakin' the lauw?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    When I shared our experiences with my cousin who lives in Chicago, he told me this would be a national scandal if it happened in the US.

    Only because, in addition to shutting down the stand, Chicago cops would have pocketed any money and shot the unarmed person who had called them to report the stand.

  • Longtobefree||

    and the dog - don't forget the dog

  • Libertarian||

    In the land where chips are "crisps" and cookies are "biscuits", I shudder to think what "lemonade" might be.

  • Longtobefree||

    Actually, quite tasty, old chap.

  • Matrix||

    Petty tyrants everywhere.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    bloody peasants!

  • Longtobefree||

    I am pretty sure the Magna Carta did not allow the unlicensed selling of lemonade.
    It has very strong protections for the children.

    I mean really!
    First, child labor is a major no-no. And the thieving lack of VAT collection!
    No access for the disabled, no public restrooms for all genders, no serv-safe certifications, no health inspection certificate, no calorie labels, no refrigeration, the list just goes on and on - - - -
    And they did not even cite the parents for not only ignoring all the laws, but actually encouraging blatant disregard for the welfare of others. Has the labor party lived in vain???

  • damikesc||

    The "elites" keep forgetting that the "consent of the masses" can always be taken back.

    And when it happens, the elites are really, really going to hate life. Revenge will be pretty harsh.

  • creech||

    Perhaps, but my experience in England is that it is the land of the busybodies. Every maiden lady or widow has nothing better to do than walk around tsk tsking about "that's not how things were done in my day."

  • Liberty Lover||

    And I thought it was the powerful lemonade lobby causing all the problems.

  • Juice||

    Did they have the proper licenses to hand out those tickets?


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