City Shuts Down 11-Year-Old Selling Mistletoe to Fund Braces

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December 3, 2013

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An 11-year-old Oregon girl who wanted to help her father pay for her braces by selling mistletoe over the holidays, found herself embroiled in city bureaucracy. On Saturday, Madison Root went to the downtown market to sell fresh mistletoe she cut and wrapped herself from her uncle’s farm in Oregon.

She told KATU News, “I felt like I could help my dad with the money.”

However, a private security guard hired by Portland Saturday Market blocked her path to a straighter smile by telling her to stop selling the mistletoe, citing city rules that ban conducting business or soliciting at a park without proper approval and documentation.

Specifically, Chapter 10.12 of the Portland city code states that soliciting or conducting business includes the display of ”goods, or descriptions or depictions of goods or services, with the intent to engage any member of the public in a transaction for the sale of any good or service.”

The guard reportedly told Madison she could set up shop outside the boundaries of the park…or she could simply ask for donations. Her father, Ashton, told ABC.com, “The guard told her she can beg if she wanted but she can’t sell the mistletoe.” He went on to say that his daughter “does not want to encourage begging and wants people to earn their living… She is so keen on high work ethic.”

  • Charles Kimberl

    A remaining vestige of former America. . . . . . .stomp it out.

  • Lerojist

    It’s a shame that young people can’t be entrepreners without the government sticking their ugly nose into everything. As a child, I used to sell lemonade.The government is trying to destroy the youth’s work ethic.

    When my children were young, they sold lemonade, had paper routes, babysat, helped the elderly in their homes, all sorts of jobs. I can only imagine what the government would do to the young today if they did the same jobs.

  • SpaceVegetable

    Ah yes. We need government protection from evil 11-year-olds. What’s next? Raiding the church bake sale? How about that nasty gang called Girl Scouts and their contraband cookies? Good grief. Does anyone in our government have any common sense at all?

    • Lutetia Vollintine

      SpaceVegetable don’t you dare say shit about Girl Scouts and the Girl Scouts aren’t a nasty gang and the cookies aren’t contraband .and i was once a girl scout so quit hating on the GIRL SCOUTS LIKE THAT

      • Barto

        Lutetia, you do realize this person was being sarcastic toward these government people that shut this little girl down, don’t you? If not, you can’t be helped.

        • SpaceVegetable

          Yup, it’s sarcasm. I was a Brownie and Girl Scout myself. I suppose it’s no wonder fools get into office when people don’t understand the simple things.

  • Sarrah Goldblume

    How many REAL criminals did this gutless tyrannical coward pass to shut this little girl down?

    I am surprised Mr Security Guard did not have to taser her, beat or rape her- for our safety of coarse.

    America’s Largest Street Gang

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jd2QkIqdya4

    The government continues to go after lemonade stands, overdue library books, the Amish, while allowing illegal immigrants, terrorists, gangbangers, bankers laundering money, drug cartels, elected officials committing high crimes and TREASON to go absolutely FREE!

    The Tree of Liberty Calls!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=952oK_jGfYo#t=25

  • antiliberalcryptonite

    What?!?!? Selling mistletoe?!?!?! Why doesn’t this kid go out and raise funds by the 0bama-government approved method? Rob somebody, a convenience store or a person on the street. And if they won’t just give you what you want, then the Knockout Game is on baby! We can’t have kids showing self-initiative and trying to make money in an honest manner, that’s absurd !

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