1. Girl, Five years old, bursts into tears when council officers close down her 50p a time lemonade stand and fine her £150 for trading without a permit
Overzealous council officials have come under fire after a five-year-old girl was given a £150 fine for setting up a homemade lemonade stall close to her home. The young girl burst into tears and told her father 'I've done a bad thing' after enforcement officers read her a legal letter and issued the fine. Stunned father Andre Spicer said his daughter had set up the stall in Mile End, east London, while thousands of music fans were on their way to the Lovebox Festival at the weekend. Tower Hamlets Council has since promised to cancel the fine, issued for trading without a permit, and apologised for the debacle. Mr Spicer, a professor at City University, told the Evening Standard: 'It’s not like she was trying to make a massive profit, this is just a five-year-old kid trying to sell lemonade.
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But local officials, backed by the British government, took the case to the country's top court. Five justices ruled unanimously Thursday that U.K. schools had the right to set rules about what constitutes "regular" attendance. Judge Brenda Hale said unauthorized absences were "a slap in the face to those obedient parents who do keep the rules." Platt said the ruling means millions of parents in Britain no longer have the power to make decisions about their own children. He said he has no plans to plead guilty or pay the fine.
6. Miami police fine Uber driver for not speaking English
Hechevarría was picking up a passenger at the Miami airport when Miami airport officer Detra Johnson confronted the driver. "[Hechevarría] looked at me like she did not understand me," Miami airport officer Detra Johnson wrote. After Johnson asked a colleague to translate, she determined that Hechevarría "could not speak or understand English." Hechevarría later said that she felt discriminated against. "I told her 'so sorry, a little English' then she called the inspector who also confronted me and told me in order to be an Uber driver I need it to speak English,'" Hechevarría explained.
In a statement, Miami-Dade Department of Transportation public relations officer Karla Damian said the rule doesn't require Uber drivers to be "proficient" in English, but have enough grasp of the language to communicate with a passenger in case of an emergency or to receive and understand basic directions from the passenger(s). "It says they have to communicate in English," Uber spokesman Javier Correoso said of the county rule. It doesn't say they have to speak English.
7. Man fined $4,000 for 'liking' defamatory posts on Facebook
In court, the man was not able to prove that the claims were accurate or could reasonably be held to be true. "The defendant clearly endorsed the unseemly content and made it his own," a statement from the court said. The court fined the man a total of 4,000 Swiss francs ($4,100). He has the right to appeal his sentence. Facebook said the case had "no direct link" to the company, and a spokesperson declined to comment. The case is believed to be the first time a court has interpreted a "like" as an explicit endorsement of a post.
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The village plans to implement a symbolic €5 fine on those caught breaking the new rules. “Bergün/Bravuogn is beautiful,” added the Mayor, Peter Nicolay. “We don’t want to make people outside the community unhappy by sharing social media photos of our picturesque landscape, and we cordially invite you to visit Bergün to experience it for yourself. “I am very pleased that the inhabitants of Bergün have the happiness of all people at heart. That makes me very proud.” Some have questioned whether it’s from the heart or simply a publicity stunt. Although it is a real law, voted for by the town council, the village’s director of tourism, Marc-Andrea Barandun, admitted that the measure is partly a marketing ploy.