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Driven by her budding entrepreneurial instincts, an 11-year-old Oregon girl wanted to help her dad pay for her braces by selling mistletoe over the holidays, but she got tangled up in red tape instead. Madison Root, of Portland, hit the downtown market on Saturday morning to sell the plants that she said she cut and wrapped herself from her uncle’s farm in Newberg, Ore.
“I felt like I could help my dad with the money,” she told ABC News affiliate KATU News.
But a private security guard hired by Portland Saturday Market asked her to stop selling the mistletoe because city rules ban conducting business or soliciting at a park without proper approval and documentation.
“The guard told her she can beg if she wanted but she can’t sell the mistletoe,” Root’s father, Ashton told, ABCNews.com. He also said that Root “does not want to encourage begging and wants people to earn their living… She is so keen on high work ethic.
“I don’t want to beg! I would rather work for something than beg,” Madison told KATU News. “I wouldn’t think I’d have any problems because people are asking for money, people are selling stuff, this is a public place.”
reply to post by MrLimpet
The only reason anything is illegal is either because the government has no way of taxing it or so they can over tax you by making you pay a fine. Don't ever think laws are there to protect you.
Driven by her budding entrepreneurial instincts
I'm not all that rustled by this. It actually makes a lot of sense. If people have to pay rent and there is a process for approval you can't just go letting anyone start setting up shop.
I get that it's a cute story but you let this girl do it the place is going to be rife with scam artists in no time pitching sob stories and driving away legit business.
Well, considering that mistletoe is known to be toxic to humans, I am not really surprised..
She might as well be selling hemlock.
I agree with you on this, but, it also kind of reminds me of the lemonade stands getting shut down though.